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Carman postpones campaign launch for treasurer

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UPDATED, Feb. 10: With Thursday's storm and more on the way for Saturday and Sunday, the campaign is postponing Dean Carman's kickoff event until later in the political season.

Carman, candidate for election as town treasurer, had invited the public to the official launch of his campaign at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The event was to take place at 22 Bartlett Ave., Arlington, the home of Phil and Mary Lohnes.

In a news release before the postponement, Carman said, "Over the last decade, Arlington’s elected officials and professional management have struggled with the organization of its finance functions. There have been countless internal and external studies performed and recommendations made. Some of these recommendations have been implemented, many have not.

"My candidacy is based on a plan to bridge this divide by balancing the independent integrity of the treasurer's office with an integrated finance function. When elected treasurer I will focus my time on policy, transparency and creating an efficient and effective consolidated financial structure."

In a January report about his candidacy, Carman said he had taken out nomination papers for the position held by Stephen J. Gilligan since 2006 on a platform of "balancing the independent integrity of the treasurer's office with the need to have day-to-day professional management." If elected, he plans to limit his efforts to policy matters, using the treasurer's salary to hire a full-time manager of the department. Carman would continue working as vice president and corporate controller for Bertucci's, the Massachusetts-based restaurant chain.

Carman is a licensed certified public accountant, an 11-year member of Arlington's Finance Committee, and vice president and corporate controller of an 85-unit restaurant company.

More information on Carman and his views on the issues facing Arlington can be found at

This announcement, based on a news release by Michael Ruderman, was published Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, and updated Feb. 10.

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