Lizzy Carroll announces candidacy for Town Meeting

Lizzy Carroll
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Lizzy Carroll announces candidacy for Town Meeting

Carroll to represent Precinct 3

I am pleased to announce my candidacy to represent Precinct 3 for Milton Town Meeting. Having received the required support from my community, I will officially appear on the ballot on April 30, 2019.

When our family returned to Boston two years ago, my husband James and I instantly fell in love with our Milton Hill/Lower Mills neighborhood. We continually find new reasons why this is where we look forward to raising our two girls. I value the small businesses, town treasures, and intergenerational neighbors that make Milton vibrant — from the trolley, farmers’ market, Neponset Greenway, playgrounds and great restaurants, to the Blue Hills, summer gazebo concerts, stellar public library and strong public schools. Our toddler Julia loves her daycare that we found through the Milton Early Childhood Alliance. We feel lucky to have Annie in the terrific Milton Public Schools Pre-K program this year, as we look forward to starting Kindergarten in the fall.

Beginning my journey as a Milton Public Schools parent is one of my strongest motivations for serving Milton as a member of Town Meeting. We face important choices as a town, and one of the most urgent is how to meet growing demand and fix crowding in our schools. We need to continue investing in the quality of education for all of Milton’s students, and that entails access to arts, music, libraries, extra-curriculars, and reasonable class sizes. I look forward to applying my diverse experiences as an education administrator during this time of transition and opportunity for our town.

More broadly, I will bring to Town Meeting my skills in managing budgets, overseeing community outreach efforts, practicing collaborative negotiation, and building trust through listening. Beyond our schools, we face additional important issues that Milton will need to navigate over the next three years. One of these is how to attract innovative development that will be responsive to neighborhood concerns while growing our tax base. I am particularly keen to represent Precinct 3 in considering potential investments in Milton Village and the waterfront. Another priority is exploring how Milton can proactively expand affordable housing options consistent with our town’s welcoming nature. Of course we also must maintain our high standards for public safety, infrastructure, and fiscal responsibility and efficiency. Town Meeting serves a critical role in helping balance all of our community’s interests. In each of these debates, I will apply my attention to detail, skill at problem solving, passion for fairness and sense of optimism.

I currently work at the education nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves, and before we moved to Milton I was the founding Director of Yale University’s Education Studies program. I began my career as a public high school English teacher in New York City and Boston. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English from Dartmouth College and Masters degrees from Lehman College and Middlebury College, as well as my Doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In Milton, my family is actively involved at St. Michael’s Church. I have served on the board of my daughter’s nursery school, in addition to other volunteer activities. My hobbies include gardening, maintaining our Little Free Library, getting back into running as a member of Team Joslin for next fall’s New York City Marathon, and walking our dog Roz around this beautiful town.

As an engaged citizen, experienced educator and administrator, I will contribute steady leadership during this important time of transition for Milton, a place I feel so privileged to be putting down long-term roots. I ask for your vote to serve as a member of Town Meeting representing Precinct 3.

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I would be happy to share more about my candidacy and hear your questions and ideas for Milton’s future: please email me at [email protected]. I appreciate your consideration – thank you!

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