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PAX endorses Heller, Greene

After a well-attended board vote, Brookline PAX, a five-decade progressive group, heartily endorses Nancy Heller and Bernard Greene for the two Selectmen seats in the May 5 contested race among five candidates. We know them both very well, each having toiled long, hard and thoughtfully in service to Brookline — including on our hardest-working committee, the Advisory (finance) Committee — and to the larger community.

They each bring the exceptional experience, wisdom and progressive values — as well as talents for leadership and collaboration — that we'll need for the next few years. Both are ready for, and actively engaged in the imminent, heated override debate —both supporting it. Each is very well-suited to answer the exaggerated anti-tax arguments, baseless claims of "waste" and lack of long-term planning — all minimizing our schools' short-run needs, and alternately ignoring or exaggerating our town's long-run fiscal needs.

Nancy also brings to those challenges her School Committee tenure, including as chair (with superb leadership skills), and 27 years as a Town Meeting member. Among accomplishments, too many to summarize, she's been an active leader for her — and all — neighborhood(s), an active member of the Green Caucus, introducing climate-helping initiatives for Town Meeting passage. And she's a parent of three Brookline schools graduates and grandmother of three enrollees.

Bernard, a 10-year Town Meeting member, served on numerous committees — two with one of us selectman-appointed committees: 2009 revamping police procedures for civilian complaints, a "civilian review" process by selectmen, with subpoena power, investigatory resources and policy-making power; and in 2013, on the "Diversity, Equal Employment, Affirmative Action Committee" writing the bylaw that Town Meeting overwhelmingly voted — updating and focusing the Human Relations Commission into the new Diversity, Inclusion, Human Relations Commission. Bernard did more work than anyone on that. And now, he would bring sorely needed diversity to the central stage of Town Hall.

We're excited by the possibility…of having Brookline's most progressive executive branch since 1988. This will be a hard-fought, well-funded campaign. Please help Nancy, Bernard, and Brookline — Marty Rosenthal and Frank Farlow, co-chairs, Brookline PAX