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8 letters supporting DeCourcey for Select Board

The following letters support Stephen DeCourcey for Select Board. Letters about all candidates are welcome. Email to sprague.bob at 90 11119 

Touts 'immediate impact'

John F. Maher, a Precinct 14 Town Meeting member, 990 Mass. Ave, submitted this letter:

The Town of Arlington is indeed fortunate to have two well-qualified candidates running for the open seat on the Select Board, and either would fulfill their responsibilities well if elected. However, on balance, I believe that Steve DeCourcey's qualifications and capabilities make him the better choice, and I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy.

I have known Steve for many years and have personal knowledge of his dedication to the town through his participation as a Town Meeting member and as a member on the Finance Committee. Steve has the character, legal acumen, community spirit and fiscal experience to step into the job and make an immediate impact.

In my many years as Arlington’s town counsel, I attended literally hundreds of Select Board meetings and have observed many members of that vitally important board and seen how its actions have guided the town’s future. The town need s Steve’s leadership qualities now. I respectfully recommend that my fellow Arlingtonians support his candidacy.

This letter was published Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Worked on '16 debt exclusion

Jane Morgan of Brattle Street, a member of the School Committee, submitted this letter as a citizen:

We were also asking for voters to approve a feasibility study to begin the planning for the rebuild of Arlington High School. Steve served as the Finance Committee’s representative cochair for the campaign. This was a campaign that came together very quickly, and there were many competing interests and strategies not to mention four building projects all vying for attention.

Steve was an engaged leader who made it clear that he trusted the team as he helped to hone the message. His support and leadership during a challenging campaign were invaluable.I have had numerous conversations with Steve about how he plans to support our public schools during his time on the Select Board. I have also asked him a lot of questions about his support for the rebuild of Arlington High School and the financial obligations that will be a part of that project.

Steve’s robust support for the AHS project as well as his desire to make sure that our schools have enough funding to handle the enrollment growth we have seen and the surge ahead make me confident that he will support my family’s interests on the Select Board.

In addition, Steve provides clear answers and also asks great questions. He has a wealth of knowledge gleaned from years on the Finance Committee and he wants to learn from people who have had different experiences. He is collegial and consummately kind and Arlington will be very fortunate to have him as the newest member of the Select Board.

This letter was published Monday, March 25, 2019.

'Excellent addition;' to board

Mary A. Deyst of 26 Upland Road West, provided this letter:

In late November of last year the citizens of Arlington were shocked to learn of the untimely death of Kevin Greeley, long serving and highly regarded member of the Select Board. Former Select Board member Clarissa Rowe was appointed to take Kevin's seat until the upcoming election. (How fortunate we are to have someone as gracious, intelligent and hardworking as Clarissa, to stand in for her former friend and colleague).

On Saturday, April 6, I will enthusiastically mark my ballot for Stephen DeCourcey as the next Select Board member. Stephen has served Arlington in numerous ways including as a longtime member (24 years) of the Finance Committee, many years as a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 2, as club president and board member of the Arlington Boys & Girls Club and as a member of the Symmes Advisory Committee.

Stephen has many fine attributes such as a caring and calm nature, a gentlemanly manner, the ability to think on his feet when tough situations occur, and the facility to sit quietly and listen before making a decision. These skills will work well for him as a Select Board member and for us, the citizens of Arlington, in this critical time of financial stress.

Stephen and his wife, Mary, have a large supportive family and many friends in Arlington. Both Stephen and Mary grew up in Arlington and attended Arlington schools. Their three children have all attended Arlington schools and their youngest child will graduate from Arlington High School this year.

It gives me great pleasure to vote for Stephen DeCourcey. He will be an excellent addition to the Select Board, and an asset for the town of Arlington. Please join me and vote to elect Stephen DeCourcey on April 6.

This letter was published Monday, March 25, 2019.

Tireless advocate for our schools

This letter is from Kate Leary, 39 Milton St., a Precinct 4 Town Meeting member:

I met Steve DeCourcey through our work together on the Build Arlington’s Future campaign in 2016. He was a cochair and I worked on communications. Steve quickly became a key resource for finding the answer to just about any question. His knowledge of Arlington’s budgets, processes, and history is deep, and he’s always ready to help.

At our first campaign meeting, Steve warmly promised us newcomers that many of the people in that crowded room would become our lifelong friends. It was hard to believe because I’d really just met them, but working together toward a shared, difficult goal did create lasting friendships.

Steve could predict this because he’s been working on municipal campaigns since he was a precinct captain in the effort to secure funding to renovate or rebuild all of our elementary schools. That campaign was successful, and Steve has been a hardworking advocate for our children and our public schools ever since. As an Arlington High School graduate, he’s a knowledgeable and passionate proponent of the AHS building project.

My two children go to Hardy Elementary School, and Steve’s did, too. I see many reminders of the DeCourcey family when I’m in the school. I recently came across a bingo set with their name on it in the PTO closet! They said we should keep it, so it might make an appearance at the next Hardy Game Night. I’ve gained valuable insight about the school building and playground space from Steve, who served on the building committee when Hardy was renovated (that project was completed in 2001).

I think it’s important to have Select Board members from all over town, and East Arlington has not always had a resident on the board. Steve understands the unique challenges faced by East Arlington and also understands the bigger picture of Arlington’s needs and priorities.

I like talking through ideas and issues with Steve because he really listens, asks good questions, and works collaboratively. I’m excited to head to the Hardy School gym with my family on April 6th to cast my vote for Steve DeCourcey.

This letter was published Monday, March 25, 2019.

Calls candidate forward-looking, right choice

The following letter to the editor was written by Clarissa Rowe of 137 Herbert Road, an interim member of the Select Board who is writing s a citizen:

Steve DeCourcey is a stand-out choice for the Select Board position. I urge a vote for him on April 6.

Steve has strong roots in Arlington, and he and his wife, Mary, have raised three children who have gone to the Arlington Schools. He knows first-hand what the condition of the present high school is. He was the cochair of the last debt exclusion to improve the public schools.

Steve’s position on the Finance Committee has given him first-hand knowledge of the financial challenges that Arlington faces. He is familiar with our five year plan to keep Arlington on a strong financial footing for the future. But he also questions the assumptions that are presented to him. He is thoughtful and considerate in his deliberations.

Steve has served on Town Meeting for the past 17 years, so he understands our Town Meeting process. When he speaks, he speaks directly to the issue.

Steve’s job as a municipal lawyer also will greatly assist the town as we move forward in this new century where we face decisions about recreational pot shops, electric scooters, and how to move the tax burden off the shoulders of our residential taxpayers, especially senior taxpayers like myself.

After my stint on the Select Board as an elected official, I tried to get Steve to run for the Select Board. I even bugged him on the streets of Boston where we both work have offices. He wanted to wait until his children were older. Now they are older, and he is running.

I hope you will join me in voting for Steve DeCourcey on Saturday, April 6th. This is very important vote. Please make your voice heard.

This letter was published Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Cites mastery of finance

This letter was written by Brian H. Rehrig, 28 Academy St., a Precinct 8 Town Meeting Member and vice chair of the Capital Planning Committee.

Steve DeCourcey has my enthusiastic vote for Select Board, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting him.

Successful service as a leader on our highest elected body requires a combination of skills beginning with a mastery of municipal finance, which Steve has demonstrated in his decades on the Finance Committee. Add sharp analytical skills and an understanding of municipal law, which he employs in his professional life as an attorney. And active engagement in giving back to the community as a youth coach and non-profit leader, and passionate and articulate advocacy as when co-chairing a campaign to rebuild our schools.

These skills are all necessary, but they’re not enough. Effective leadership also requires the ability to work collaboratively with four other Board members; to be respectful of the public and of those with challenging contrary opinions; to have seriousness of purpose but not take oneself too seriously, have a ready laugh, and be able to disagree without being disagreeable.

Those who’ve seen him in action in Town Meeting or at FinCom, or coaching on a basketball court, or chairing the Boys & Girls Club will recognize that as an accurate description of Steve DeCourcey.

Please vote for Steve DeCourcey on Saturday April 6.

This letter was published Monday, March 18, 2019. 

The following letter to the editor was written by Jennifer Goodwin and Gregg Malatesta, 64 Winchester Road: 

Offered support to family in need

We write to ask for your vote for Steve DeCourcey for Select Board on Saturday, April 6, 2019. We feel so fortunate that a person of Steve’s caliber, integrity, compassion and experience has decided to run for this important position in our town government.

We have both known Steve since high school. Like Steve and his wife, Mary, we have chosen to live and raise our three children in the same town in which we were raised.

We all share a deep investment in this community. We care very much about the future of the schools which we attended and in which we currently enroll our children.

Because of Steve’s many years of work in Town Meeting and on the Finance Committee as well as being a former student and parent, we feel strongly that Steve has the leadership, skill and experience to navigate the complexities of financing a new high school and guiding this town with fiscal prudence.

Steve is a man of high morals and integrity. He displays the unique combination of compassion, concern, action and follow through.

Three years ago we faced a devastating tragedy when our 16-year-oldd daughter died of cancer. We were lost and struggling to make critical decisions about fund-raising in Catherine’s memory.

Steve immediately showed up on our doorstep offering friendship, kindness and assistance. Steve had done the necessary homework and presented us with options. He scheduled the requisite meetings and even accompanied us to ensure that the scholarship fund was set up to our wishes. Steve made our lives so much easier during such a difficult time. He is a good man.

Steve is a present and supportive member of our community as evidenced by his leadership at the Boys and Girls Club, his tireless hours coaching on the basketball court and on the baseball field, spectating at hockey games and golf matches and all his time volunteering at Arlington High School’s Last Blast. Jen has spent many a hot overnight in June with Steve and Mary in the AHS gymnasium ensuring that our seniors have the night of their lives.

Steve DeCourcey is the real deal. He is authentic, caring, smart, a great listener and results driven. A winning formula! 

This letter was published Monday, March 18, 2019.

The following letter to the editor was written by John V. Hurd, 242 Hillside Ave., a member of the Select Board who is writing s a citizen:

The right choice

I have known Steve personally and professionally for over 20 years. When I think of Steve, words like "honesty," "integrity," "commitment" and "determination" immediately come to mind. I have always known Steve to be a tireless advocate for responsible improvements to the Town of Arlington.

Both Steve and his wife Mary grew up in Arlington and eventually chose to raise their family here.

The town is facing a number of difficult challenges in the next few years, including the rebuild of Arlington High School and a potential operating override. The Select Board will play a key role in tackling those challenges. Steve’s municipal, professional and personal experience make him uniquely qualified to serve in this important role.

As a 24-year member of the Finance Committee, Steve has extensive understanding of the town budget and finances. He can use this knowledge and experience to help the town continue to provide top-tier services to residents with the least possible impact on taxpayers.

As an attorney specializing in municipal tax law and property assessments, Steve brings expertise to the board at a time when that knowledge is critically needed.

And, most importantly, as an Arlington native, a husband and a father, Steve understands the real-life impact that the board’s decisions have on town residents.

Steve appreciates Arlington's past and wants to build on the town’s many successes for the future.

Please join me in voting for Steve DeCourcey on Saturday, April 6.

This letter was published Monday, March 18, 2019.

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