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Resident suggests state candidates she supports

This letter was submitted by Dr. Carole Allen of Arlington:

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As voting rights are increasingly under attack, it is doubly important to cast votes in our primary and general elections. The Sept. 6 Democratic primary offers many qualified and committed candidates. To me, a few stand out for dedication to equity and population health and the experience – lived and professional – they bring to the table; I hope you will consider joining me in supporting them.

For lieutenant governor, State Rep. Tami Gouveia offers a strong public health perspective as a social worker with a doctorate in public health. Her commitment to promoting women, minorities and members of the LGBTQ community to leadership positions in our state, and her legislative experience and connections, will serve the new administration well.

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UPDATED Aug. 13: YourArlington welcomes opinions of all kinds from local residents, including national issues so long as you can draw a local connection. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June on Roe v Wade must have echoes here, too. Letters are reviewed for fairness, factualness and taste.

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For transparency, resident backs Palfrey for AG

This letter was written by Guillermo S. Hamlin, a Precinct 14 Town Meeting member who works at Tufts Technology Services and previously ran for the town Board of Assessors in '21.

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Did you know that Massachusetts ranks 46th in the country on government transparency? Read that back again and sit with that realization. Is that really what we’re willing to pay for?

Seriously, the State House regularly fails to report back to its taxpayers, and that’s most of the time. This is unacceptable, we need to improve access to public records and promote a more transparent Massachusetts. We’re the only state where the governor, the Legislature and the Judiciary may claim -- and have -- full exemptions from our public records laws. Instead of fawning over these elected officials as they ritualistically preserve this travesty, we ought to shift the floor beneath them with a strong, talented attorney general whose proven record compels them forward in regular transparency. That’s why I’m voting for Quentin Palfrey, and here’s why.

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