Brookline leaders collaborated under her leadership
Brookline needs a strategic plan. And Zoe Lynn can make it happen.
Local governing has only gotten harder in recent years, what with the corrosive legacy of the Trump years and the multiple traumas of 2020.
We know the issues. Among them: racial and economic justice in housing, policing and schooling; land use and development; climate change and sustainability; economic development. The usual ad hoc approach that has served us in the past will not serve us well going forward—the problems are just too big and divisive.
It is increasingly clear that we need to engage in a town-wide, strategic planning process that will focus our talents, our resources, and our good will—all abundant in Brookline—to accomplish some serious problem solving.
The good news is that one of the candidates running for Select Board, Zoe Lynn, has the exact
skills Brookline needs to develop a democratic, community-generated roadmap that can guide our decision-making for the immediate future, and beyond.
We don’t have to guess if this could work, or if Zoe can lead a strategic town process on tough issues. Zoe has already done it, here in Brookline. In 2019, as our Sustainability Administrator, she organized dozens of listening sessions, a massively attended Sustainability Summit— where Brookline leaders collaborated under her leadership —and led ten Working Groups, which produced excellent town legislation (among other outcomes). The fossil-free construction article, in particular, is having ripple effects across the Commonwealth. Having experienced Zoe’s amazing leadership, many of us who participated are now supporting Zoe’s candidacy.
As impressive as her work product is, Zoe’s personal qualities are more so. She listens. She validates, she finds common ground, she helps craft solutions that have deep community support. She is not interested in factions, in us-them politics. She wants to develop effective responses to profound problems—and she has the skills, the energy, and the discipline to get it done.
In normal times (whatever that means) Zoe would be a gift. Today she is a necessity. Please join me and others in giving Zoe Lynn one of your two votes for Select Board on May 4.
Learn more about Zoe at VoteZoeforBrookline.com.
[Don Weitzman is a Town Meeting Member, Precinct 8, a former Select Board Member, and a founding member of the Select Board’s Climate Action Committee.]