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UPDATED, March 17: In his first run for public office, Stephen DeCourcey wants to bring his 23-year experience on the town's Finance Committee to the challenges facing the Select Board this year.

Asked what key challenges face the town, the longtime resident wrote: "Arlington voters will be faced with an important decision later this year concerning what type of high school we want to provide to future generations of Arlington students.

"Town leaders will also need to address a budget shortfall that could begin by the end of fiscal year 2021. I am running because I believe my experience will allow me to work collaboratively with other members of the Select Board to offer solutions to these challenges and to lead the town over the next three years."

The 54-year-old attorney wrote, "Arlington has always been a special place for me and my family. I met my wife, Mary, while we were classmates at Arlington High School.

2016 debt-exclusion cochair

"After living out of town for several years following our marriage, we chose to return to Arlington to buy a home and raise our children – John (25), Meghan (21) and Mark (18). Each of our children attended the Arlington public schools, with Mark still a student, in the AHS Class of 2019.

"I have been proud to serve the town and town-related committees since reestablishing my roots in Arlington many years ago."

He provided his background of local service. Since 1995, he has been a member of the Finance Committee. For the past 19 years, he has represented Precinct 2 in Town Meeting. From 2001 to 2004, he was a member of the Symmes Advisory Committee, volunteers who helped determine the future of the property at the former Symmes Hospital.

In 2016, he served as a cochair for the successful debt-exclusion campaign, which resulted in voters approving funding to improve Thompson, Gibbs and Minuteman.

In the community, he has served at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club as a corporator, board member and club president. In addition, he has coached numerous girls' and boys' youth sports teams in town. He also volunteers each year for the AYCC Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Attorney with municipal background

Professionally, DeCourcey is an attorney, with extensive experience in municipal law. As part of his practice, he has represented various boards in a number of communities.

"As a town, it is imperative that we approve funding for a new Arlington High School through the passage of a debt exclusion," he wrote. "AHS has been a cornerstone of our community and a source of pride for both students and residents. While a new building is desperately needed, we must be responsible in determining over the next several months the share our taxpayers will be asked to pay for a new school."

Finally, he wrote that he is running "with deep respect for the 30 years of public service that Kevin Greeley gave to the town as a member of the Select Board prior to his passing last month. Kevin’s commitment to Arlington was unparalleled and his impact on the town will be felt long into the future.

"On a personal level, Kevin was a friend who encouraged me to serve in various roles within town government and in the community ....

"If elected, I will work hard to ensure that Arlington continues to be a community that we are all proud to call home."

As of Jan. 11, DeCourcey and Robert Tosi Jr. had taken out nomination papers for Select Board seeking the three-year seat that Greeley held.

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This news feature was published Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, and updated March 17, to updated campaign website.