Chris Hart announces candidacy for Milton Select Board
My name is Chris Hart, and I’m hoping to earn one of your two votes for Select Board.
I’m the son and grandson of Mexican immigrants, the first in my family to attend college. I’m a practicing lawyer with 16 years’ experience, and a partner at the law firm Foley Hoag. I’m a litigator, and focus my litigation practice on commercial litigation and internal investigations. I also have a specialty in cybersecurity, and co-chair my firm’s privacy and data security practice. That practice involves not only litigation, but also compliance, transactions, contract drafting, and data breach response. I also teach as an adjunct at Northeastern and Duke law schools.
In addition to my legal practice, I’ve been heavily involved in the broader legal profession and in a number of boards and committees. I’m currently a member of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Council, which is its governance body. I am a past chair of the BBA’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Section, and a current member of its Privacy and Cybersecurity Steering Committee. I sit on the Advisory Board for the Trustees of Reservation and the Board of Directors for YW Boston.
Milton is a unique and wonderful place, and I’ve been a happy and willing volunteer for our town over the past decade. I was appointed to the Milton Cultural Council, where I served as Treasurer for six years; I served on the Warrant Committee for three years; I currently concluded my role co-chairing the Equity and Justice for All Advisory Committee; and I’m in my second term as a Town Meeting member for Precinct 5.
I have four children, one of whom is a 7th grader at Pierce, and the youngest of whom is currently at St. Mary’s and then will be at Tucker in the fall.
I’m running for Select Board for two important reasons:
First, I want to bring my professional skills to bear to help us work through the significant challenges we face, especially with regard to our long term budgeting and planning. Our ability to teach our children in top-flight schools, to use our land wisely for the benefit of everyone in the town, and to respond to the pressures of population growth and state mandates, all hinge on our ability to plan collaboratively and thoughtfully.
Second, having served on the Equity and Justice for All Committee with an extraordinary and hard working group of volunteers, I want to see through the work that we’ve done, so that we can help make diversity, equity, and inclusion important strategic priorities for the town and strengthen everything else we do.
I believe in an inclusive, just, and equitable Milton. I am committed to working with others, whatever their views, and to representing the diversity of the town’s perspectives. I am prepared to roll up my sleeves and do the hard work Milton needs from its public servants. I ask for your support and hope to earn your vote on April 26.
If you would like more information about me or my specific views on any given policies, you can find out more at www.hartformilton.com. And I am always happy to hear from any of my neighbors with thoughts or questions.