An Activist's Guide to Town Government
Adult Enrichment / Special Interest -
Explore the ins and outs of Arlington’s town government and learn how you can get involved and make a difference. We’ll discuss what happens in daily operations and how Arlington’s legislative branch, Town Meeting, works. Learn where the levers of power are, and how to apply pressure to them to make a change. Understand the months of decision-making that create our town budget, as well as how and when the public can influence the process. Whether you are interested in becoming a Town Meeting Member, getting involved in one of Arlington’s many committees, or simply want to clarify how your local government works, this class will demystify the inner workings of your town and demonstrate how town government is truly open to all who want to participate in it.
Michael Ruderman has been involved in Arlington’s town government since 2001 as a Town Meeting member, with ample experience writing and advocating for various warrant articles. His campaign background includes running his own as well as the management of campaigns for the town-wide offices of Select Board, Treasurer, Town Clerk, and Assessor. Michael also represents Arlington as a member of the 9-town School Committee, where he led the successful campaigns for two debt exclusion referendums to build the new Minuteman Regional High School.