TO THE EDITOR:
I’ve been “the first or the only” in the room at several stages in my life — at the playground, in my dorm pod at college, at the leadership council at my firm. And I suspect there are quite a few residents who know that feeling — whether you are the only black or brown face in a parent group, or the only female at a board meeting, or a non-binary player on a sports team, to name a few.
Yet for all of my “firsts,” this is the most meaningful, and not for the reason you may think.
My being elected (not appointed) the first Black Selectman was not a check mark on a bucket list of mine. Instead it’s an affirmation that our community is intentionally embracing equity and inclusivity in all parts of our government.
Know that we are now a model for other municipalities in Connecticut to do likewise. Hopefully, no longer will it be a novelty to have diverse candidates elected to the various boards in Weston.
For that, I am deeply proud of our beloved town. We do good and we will keep striving for better.
— Martin Mohabeer
Mr. Mohabeer was elected to the Weston Board of Selectmen on November 2, 2021.
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