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Precinct 14 Town Meeting hopeful spurs support

Chris DiMeo of Arlington submitted this letter in support of Guillermo Hamlin, a Precinct 14 candidate for Town Meeting.

Jennifer Susse, 2017

Among the eight excellent candidates for Town Meeting in Precinct 14, there is a newcomer who is truly a rising star in our community.

A working immigrant student from Paraguay, Guillermo Hamlin left his home in New Jersey at 18 to pursue independent filmmaking. He began his career at Harvard as a camera operator while studying at night for his bachelor’s degree in Harvard’s Extension School.

Through sheer diligence, he earned his degree in philosophy and anthropology from Harvard in 2013. Always active in community service, he was elected Boston chapter president of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance and has served on the Recreation Task Force for the City of Somerville. He presently serves on the board of the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) and the Somerville Media Center.

Guillermo brings a passion and enthusiasm to town government that is evident in all his activities and his service to our local community has been truly extraordinary. The current government-affairs coordinator at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, he has become widely respected for his community building skills as he has worked extensively to collaborate with government, civic organizations and the business community.

Guillermo believes in the promise of representative town government and is dedicated to the work necessary to make it reflect the hope and aspirations of the community. In addition to properly funding and administering the essential functions of our schools, the full range of services, police, fire and health and human services, his priorities are to comprehensively address youth health, safety and unemployment, advocate for families facing a crisis in housing affordability and to ensure openness, transparency and language translation services in all areas of town government.

Guillermo will bring to Town Meeting the representation and leadership for increased equity, diversity and inclusion that we are striving for. I strongly urge Precinct 14 voters to give Guillermo one of your 4 votes for Town Meeting when you vote by mail or in person on June 6.

This letter was published Saturday, May 30, 2020.

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