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Leone seeking reelection as moderator
John Leone, the Town Meeting moderator, is seeking reelection. Here is the statement he provided:
I realize that the spring election for town offices is several weeks away, and I am again seeking reelection as your Town Meeting moderator. I respectfully ask for your support and vote.
The responsibility of town moderator is to oversee and manage our Annual Town Meetings. I believe that I am uniquely qualified to hold the Moderators offices. I pride myself on my honesty, directness and fairness. Upon being reelected, I will continue to run a fair, efficient and well-balanced Town Meeting.
I have been an active Town Meeting member for 24 years and have held the moderator position since 2007. In that capacity I have assisted in the assembly and approval of the town warrant for both the Annual and Special Town Meetings, conducted Town Meetings and made appointments to several committees.
During my tenure as moderator, I have introduced: an electronic time keeping system to regulate the speakers at the podium; electronic voting; a consent agenda; a presentation system, and I hold fast on the Rules of Order. The introduction of these items has contributed to a more efficiently run meeting that now takes on average five to six nights whereas prior to my election the meeting would run on average nine to 10 nights.
My experience and town service include: serving on the: Zoning Bylaw Review Committee for 8 years, serving as the chairman for three years; the Millennium Time Capsule Committee, the Town Government Reorganization Committee of 2009 and the Town Meeting Procedures Committee.
I am currently the president of Arlington Community Media inc. and have served on the board of ACMi since its formation. I am also on the board of directors of the Touchdown Club of Arlington and the Sons of Italy. All are volunteer positions. I am also a member of the Massachusetts Moderators Association, have attended their annual moderators' meeting and workshop and served as its president from October 2017 through October 2018.
The combination of my Town Meeting experience, volunteerism, conducting a legal practice in Arlington, being well practiced and studied in the Town Meeting rules of order, and in the way our local town government works and functions makes me the right choice for reelection as town moderator. I ask for your vote for me as town moderator.
If you would like to discuss the moderator's office, please feel free to call me, 781-641-3546.
Please support me and give me your vote on April 6, 2019. Before you go to the polls on April 6, visit the Town Meeting website and see how your representatives voted as well as their attendance records and vote accordingly.
John D. Leone, Moderator
Town Meeting Precinct 8,
This political statement was published Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
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