I am supporting and working on behalf of Sean Garballey in this election. Why? I admire his ability to bring people together. I find him open, honest, and forthright without being the least bit arrogant despite his unusual accomplishments.
As you know, Sean Garballey is a graduate of Arlington High School. As you may not know, he himself received special education services, but none the less not only graduated high school but also is a graduate student in political science.
His record of service and experience in governance is remarkable given his age, and the challenges he has overcome. He was involved in student government. He was the student representative to the School Committee as early as 2001. He was elected to the school committee, where he has been a strong, independent voice for the children and families of Arlington. I fully support and appreciate that Sean did not vote to extend the contract of the current superintendent, and has been proactive in cleaning up the terrible record Arlington has in Special Education [Arlington “failed” both state and federal audits, and our own family suffered badly and left Arlington schools under the prior superintendent].
I really like and admirer Sean’s openness, hard work, service and management style. He has also been a town meeting member, despite the fact that he is largely working his way through college.
His experience in handling numerous complex tasks and keeping many personalities focused and productive during the National Democratic Convention was really impressive to me as well.
I also trust that Sean Garballey would serve long term in the legislature, rather than viewing being a state representative as a stepping stone and resume builder.
Arlington is fortunate to have a candidate raised in Arlington, familiar with both “Old Arlington” and “New Arlington” and able to bring them together like Sean Garballey!
Deborah Sirotkin Butler
1 781- 641-9939
19 Overlook Road
Arlington, MA 02474
Precinct 19, Arlington [in the 23rd Middlesex District]