May 13, 2019/Dispatch

Caucuses Kickoff! Spring Events and More

Greetings from Kate and Matt

Dear Democrats, 

Saturday is the first day of the Massachusetts Democratic Caucus Season where we will elect our representatives to the 2019 State Convention! Our focus for this convention is not only about the upcoming 2019 and 2020 elections, but also what is happening in our streets, in our towns and in our hearts. Senator Ed Markey, one of our keynote speakers this year, will be discussing his well-known bill—the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal is an issue that affects the lives of everyone on this planet. 

Find your caucus here: 
Invite someone who is interested in getting involved to attend their local caucus. Help someone find the information. Go with them. There are many people who want to get involved but don’t know how. 

Check out the list of events below. Find something. Act locally. 

Democratically yours, 
Kate Donaghue 

PS Please be sure that you use the DDemDispatch-owner e-mail address when sending in events. And please keep in mind that Matt and I work hard to try to get the most up to date information, but sometimes things change or there is a miscommunication. Check with the organizer or the website if you see something that looks wrong. 

Ideas for Committees – Caucus Time – A few reminders
People who are 16 as of May 11, 2019 and are registered or pre-registered Democrats are eligible to take part and and run for delegate. People can register on site. Unsuccessful candidates for delegate can run for alternate. The DSC chooses add-on delegates from the pool of applicants. This is not done by the local DTC or Ward Committee. Someone who is an elected alternate can also run for delegate. When in doubt check with the Mass. Democratic Party. 

Caucus Training for Chairs – UPDATED
Watch for more information. 
May 11, 10:00 am: Greenleaf Community Center, 1188 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 

Mass Alliance Training
Grassroots Campaign Training 
5/04-5/05 9AM-5PM SEIU 1199, Quincy 
5/18-5/19 9AM-5PM Falmouth 
Are you or a friend running for office or thinking about running for office? Are you a young organizer contemplating a career managing campaigns? Does your organization have volunteers or activists looking to gain skills and get more involved in electing progressives to public office? If so, check this out! 
RSVP and details: 

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You Have to Laugh Occasionally – Edited by Matt Shear
Sergio Siano – Can you believe a guy who filed for bankruptcy six times and had countless failed buisinesses (Trump Airlines, Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka, Trump Ice, Trump Casinos, Trump Mortgage, Trump magazine, and Trump: The Game, etc.) managed to lose a billion dollars? 
Deb Libby – “Art of the loss” 
Karl Frisch – So Trump spent a decade in the red only to find himself in the pocket of the Reds? 
John Fugelsang – I demand this president show us his long-form worth certificate. 

Event details:

05/10/2019 Sterling Dems Drinking Liberally
Friday, May 10, 7 – 10 PM
Barber’s Crossing North, 175 Leominster Rd., Sterling, MA 01564
Please join the Town of Sterling Democratic Committee as we discuss the news of the day, and the upcoming convention. 

*05/10/2019 Burhan Azeem for Cambridge City Council Campus Kickoff*
Friday, May 10, 7:30 – 9 PM
MacGregor House Dining Hall, MIT Campus, 450 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Door opens at 7:15 PM. Program begins at 7:30 PM. See 

05/11/2019 3T&2C Breakfast (Three Towns and Two Cities) 
Saturday, May 11, 8:30 AM
Nicholson Hall 9 Harris St. Newburyport 
3 Towns & 2 Cities Breakfast: Amesbury,Newbury,Newburyport,Salisbury,West Newbury Democratic Committees. 
8:30 coffee; 9:00 breakfast. 
Tickets: $35 In Advance; $40 At Door. 
Contact: Kathy Pasquina 

05/11/2019 Ipswich Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting
Saturday, May 11, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich, MA 01938
Agenda will be posted at 

05/11/2019 Marlborough Democratic City Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 11, 10 AM
Kane Elementary School 520 Farm Rd., Marlborough
Caucus and meeting. 

05/11/2019 Rockport Democratic Caucus and Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 11, 10 AM
Brenner Room of the Rockport Public Library, 17 School Street
Registration will open at 10:00 AM and will continue for at least 15 minutes after the caucus begins at 10:30 AM, and voting for representatives to the convention will begin at 10:45. 
A regular meeting of the Town Committee will take place after the caucus, when the committee will be visited by a representative from Representative Seth Moulton. All Rockport residents who are registered as Democrats are encouraged to attend. New members are always welcome. For more info see 

05/11/2019 Caucus Training in Springfield
Saturday, May 11, 10 AM
reenleaf Community Center, 1188 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 

*05/11/2019 Coffee with Congressman Jim McGovern*
Saturday, May 11, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Point Breeze, 114 Point Breeze Rd., Webster, MA 01570
Residents of Webster, Douglas, and Oxford are encouraged to join. You can stop by just to chat or to let Congressman McGovern know what’s on your mind. All are welcome. 

05/11/2019 Bryan Barash for Newton City Council Campaign Kickoff Party
Saturday, May 11, 6 – 9 PM
The home of Donnalyn Kahn, 66 Highland Ave., Newtonville, MA 02460
This is not a fundraiser, so leave your checkbooks at home and join Bryan for some good food and drinks while he tells you more about his ideas for Ward 2 and Newton. 

05/13/2019 Legislative Panel Hosted by the Chicopee Democratic City Committee
Monday, May 13, 6 – 8 PM
Mary Dooley Campus Center, Elms College. 
Doors open 5:30pm; Program 6pm-8pm 
Free Event and open to All Western Massachusetts Residents. Please come with questions to as your representatives. 
Parking: Sheila Ryan Flynn Commuter Parking Lot, corner of Springfield St. and Fairview Ave. 
Call CDCC Chair Meghan Balakier at (413) 335-9769 with any questions. 

*05/13/2019 John Trobaugh for School Committee Campaign Kickoff*
Monday, May 13, 6 – 8 PM
ArtsWorcester, 44 Portland St, Worcester
John Trobaugh for Worcester School Committee Campaign Kickoff. 

05/13/2019 Wayland Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Monday, May 13, 6:30 – 9 PM
110 Grill, 171 Commonwealth Road (at Rt. 30 & 27), Wayland MA 01778
6:30 social, 7:00 meeting start 
For more info contact

05/14/2019 James McCarty for Methuen City Council Campaign Launch
Tuesday, May 14, 6 – 7:30 PM
The Irish Cottage, 17 Branch Street, Methuen, MA 01844
Food and refreshments served in the new patio-bar. Contributions are appreciated; but not required. Suggested : $25-$250 payable to “CTE James McCarty.” R.S.V.P via

05/14/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, May 14, 7 PM
Beverly Public Library, Beverly Farms Branch, 24 Vine Street 
Our special guest speaker will be Sen. Joan Lovely. For more information contact Chairman Jim Thompson at or 978-618-5188. 

05/14/2019 Mashpee Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 14, 7 – 8:30 PM
MashpeeTV, 168 Industrial Dr., Mashpee, MA 02649 

*05/15/2019 Worcester District 1 City Councilor Sean Rose’s Campaign Kick-Off/Fundraiser*
Wednesday, May 15, 6 – 10 PM
Quinn’s Irish Pub, 715 W. Boylston St., Worcester, MA 011616 

*05/15/2019 Jason Lewis: Combating the Teen Vaping Epidemic*
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 – 8 PM
Americal Civic Center, 467 Main St,, Wakefield,
Our next Community Conversation will focus conversation on policy, enforcement, prevention and community awareness efforts related to youth e-cigarette use, commonly known as “vaping.” 
Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health 
Elise Yannet, Policy Coordinator, Office of Attorney General Maura Healey 
Maureen Buzby, Coordinator, Regional Tobacco Prevention Program 

05/15/2019 Wakefield Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 7 PM
Brightview Senior Living, 21 Crescent St., Wakefield, MA 01880
We will hold the Caucus to elect delegates to the Mass Dem Convention which will be held on Saturday, September 14th in Springfield at Mass Mutual Center. We will hold a brief business meeting following the Caucus followed by a celebration of our fabulous high school dems, Talat Aman and Amanda Westlake. For more info see 

*05/15/2019 Stow Ranked Choice Voting Talk*
Wednesday, May 15, 7 – 9 PM
Old Town Hall, 375 Great Rd., Stow, MA 01775
The Stow Democratic Committee and Boxborough Democrats invite you to attend a forum about Ranked Choice Voting. This event will be hosted and facilitated by Voter Choice Massachusetts and Jim Henderson (Treasurer and General Counsel of Voter Choice Massachusetts). All are welcome to attend and participate. Please message the Boxborough Democrats Facebook Page at if you have any questions, concerns, or require special assistance prior to the event. 

05/15/2019 Melrose Dems: Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 – 9 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W Emerson St., Melrose, MA 02176 

05/15/2019 Mansfield Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 PM
IBEW Union Hall, 900 South Main Street, Mansfield
Guest Speaker: Paul Lauenstein from “We the People” Topic: Campaign Finance Reform. All of our meetings are free and open to the public. Mansfield area Democrats are especially invited to attend. For more information, visit our Facebook page or website: send an email to or call Joe Kaplan at 508-339-4520. 

05/16/2019 Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George’s Re-Election Campaign Kickoff
Thursday, May 16, 6 – 9 PM
Boston Winery, 26 Ericsson St., Boston, MA 02122
Suggested Contribution: $50/$100/$250/$500/$1,000. Seniors are complimentary. To donate online, please visit: 

05/16/2019 Living Our Values: JALSA 2019 Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 16, 6 – 8:30 PM
Temple Israel of Boston, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Join Boston’s corporate, legal, and non-profit communities, for the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action 2019 Annual Meeting: Living Our Values, an evening to celebrate our honorees and our joint pursuit of respect and dignity for all. 
6 p.m.- Reception with hearty hors d’oeuvres 
7 p.m.- Speaking Program followed by desserts 
Tickets at 

05/16/2019 Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 16, 6:30 PM
Location TBD. Watch for details. 

*05/16/2019 Chicopee Dems Caucus and Speaker*
Thursday, May 16, 6:30 PM
118 Mt. Vernon Street, Chicopee, MA 
Doors open at 6pm, caucus begins at 6:30pm 
State Representative John Velis will be our opening speaker. 
Please contact Chair, Meghan Balakier (413) 335-9769 with any questions. 

05/16/2019 Joint Meeting of Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, and Sandwich Democratic Town Committees
Thursday, May 16, 7 – 9 PM
Falmouth Public Library Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, 300 Main Street, Falmouth
Presentation by Stephen Kinzer “Cape Cod, America and the World: How the Bipartisan Foreign Policy Elite in Washington is Failing Us. Stephen Kinzer is currently a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University and world affairs columnist for the Boston Globe. 

*05/16/2019 Waltham Dems Meeting*
Thursday, May 16, 7 PM
119 School Street in Waltham.
For that meeting, State Representative John Lawn will speak to our group for the first time! Please come and give John a warm, Waltham welcome. 

*05/17/2019 Rep. Danielle Gregoire 40th Birthday Fundraiser*
Friday, May 17, 6 – 8 PM
Marlborough Country Club, 200 Concord Road, Marlborough 
Please join Representative Danielle Gregoire and her family for a celebration of her 40th birthday. 
Suggested donations: $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000. 

05/18/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting
Saturday, May 18, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford
$7 requested donation per attendee to cover room and breakfast. 
Contact Christopher Jenkins at for more information. 

05/18/2019 Young Democrats of Massachusetts Annual Convention ’19
Saturday, May 18, 9 AM – 5 PM
Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02125
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts Convention is the largest gathering of the organization, where young progressives can hear from a number of party leaders, elected officials, and policy advocates. There will also be plenty of time to network with fellow young Democrats. 
Tickets are $35 each; however, you can elect to pay $50 to make sure that all YDMA members can attend. Purchase at 

05/18/2019 High School Democrats of America New England Summit
Saturday, May 18, 9:30 AM – 3 PM
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA 02421
The High School Democrats of America is thrilled to announce their second annual New England Summit, a premier gathering of high school progressives from the Northeast. All high school students (including graduating seniors) and younger are encouraged to attend. There will be workshops on canvassing and activism, a lineup of high-profile political speakers, and plenty of time to connect with other young, progressive activists. This event will be free of charge and accessible to everyone. Pizza will be provided. MA HS Dems will try to arrange carpools for those who request it. 
Register at or see for more info. Please contact MAHSD Chair Amanda Westlake at awestlake@hsdems.orgwith any questions. 

*05/18/2019 Stockbridge Democratic Town Committee Caucus and Meeting*
Saturday, May 18, 10:30 AM
Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main Street
Registered Democrats in Stockbridge will hold a caucus on Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 AM in the Town Offices Meeting Room, 50 Main Street to elect 2 delegates and 1 alternate to the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. Registration will open at 10:00 a.m. The caucus will be followed by a brief committee meeting.For more information visit or email 

05/18/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee
Saturday, May 18, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Water Resources update: Presenters, Jeff Colby Dir. DPW Rich Bienvenue Dir. Teck Services and YDTC Member Lee Rowley. 
Joel Paul of Voter Choice Massachusetts Discussion on ranked choice voting. 
Robert Isadore, Chairman 

05/18/2019 Boxford Democratic Town Caucus & Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 18, 2 PM
Boxford Community Center, 4 Middleton Road (corner of Elm Street)
Park in the lot between the Community Center and the Fire Station, then enter the building from that side and proceed to the main upstairs meeting room. 
Sign-In begins at 1:30 PM, and the caucus will be called to order at 2:00 PM. A brief business meeting will be held after the Caucus. For further information contact: Ken Thompson, or 978-502-2078. 

05/18/2019 Swampscott Dems Cyber Speaker Forum
Saturday, May 18, 2:30 – 4 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn 101 Forest Avenue Swampscott
Protect your privacy and online identity. 

*05/18/2019 Dennis Democratic Town Committee’s Annual Wine Tasting Event *
Saturday, May 18, 5 – 7 PM
Scargo Manor Bed & Breakfast, 909 Main St, Dennis, Massachusetts 02638
The Dennis Democratic Town Committee invites you to our Annual Wine Tasting Celebrating Local Democratic Champions. Wine provided by Seven G’s Liquor Shoppe. Sampling of appetizers from The Pheasant. $35/per person. A portion of the proceeds go to the DDTC’s Dennis-Yarmouth Scholarship Fund. RSVP by May 17 Checks mailed to: DDTC, PO Box 1023, South Dennis, MA 02660. 

05/18/2019 Newton Reception for Gov. Jay Inslee for President
Saturday, May 18, 5 – 6:30 PM
Home of Matt Pawa & Elyse Rosenblum, 72 Oxford Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Suggested donation: $5600 Champion/$2800 Sponsor/$1000 Friend/$500 Supporter/$250 Guest/$100 Attendee. Donate at and email Jonathan for more information at 

05/18/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee Meeting and Caucus
Saturday, May 18, 7 – 9 PM
Cahill Auditorium, Braintree Town Hall, 1 JFK Memorial Dr., Braintree
The BDTC May meeting will immediately follow the Caucus. 

05/18/2019 Littleton Town Democratic Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 18
Town Offices, Room 230

*05/19/2019 Holly Ryan Campaign Kickoff*
Sunday, May 19, Noon – 1:30 PM
Home of Rep. Ruth Balser, 36 Audubon Drive, Newton
Campaign kickoff for Holly Ryan, candidate for Ward 8, City Council in Newton. Suggested donation: $25, $50, $100, $250. 

05/19/2019 Meet Rep. Cindy Axne and Help Hold the House
Sunday, May 19, 3 – 4:30 PM
85 Buckminster Road Brookline, MA
Rep. Axne (Iowa 03) will share her experiences as a member of the freshman class of the 116th Congress, describe her role on the House Financial Services and Agriculture Committees, and explain why we efforts to hold the house in 2020 must start now. 
Suggested donation: $100 and up: 

05/19/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street, Groton
All Democrats and friends are welcome at our meetings. For more information contact: 

05/20/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
Plymouth Center for the Arts
Meetings are generally held at 7pm on the last Monday of each month at Plymouth Center for the Arts. Due to ongoing renovations at the Center for the Arts, please make sure to check emails and our facebook page for any changes to the location of these monthly meetings Remaing meetings for 2019: 6/24, 7/29, 8/26, 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16. 

05/20/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Meeting
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
Hibernian Hall, 105 Federal St., Lynn, MA 01905
For further information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or

05/20/2019 Northborough Democratic Caucus and Town Committee Meeting
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
Northborough Public Library Large Meeting Room, 34 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532
Room opens at 6:30 PM; Caucus starts at 7:00; Democratic Town Committee meeting starts immediately after caucus ends. Contact: Janet Cason at
NOTE: GPS directions are incorrect. If you have never been to the Northborough library, email Janet for directions and use “Library Directions” in the subject line. 

05/20/2019 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Meeting 
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
Marblehead Community Center 10 Humphrey Street Marblehead

05/21/2019 Waltham City Councilor Robert Logan Campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser
Tuesday, May 21, 6 – 7:30 PM
The Chateau Italian Family Dining, 195 School St, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
Pizza, toasted raviolis, and desserts. (Cash Bar.) Donations to The Logan Committee are welcomed and will be greatly appreciated. Send your check to: The Committee to Reelect Robert G. Logan 109 Taylor Street Waltham, MA 02453-8630 or pay at the door. 

*05/21/2019 Senator Nick Collins’s Dorchester Neighborhood Reception*
Tuesday, May 21, 6 – 8 PM
Dorset Hall, 367 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester
Please join State Senator Nick Collins at his Dorchester Campaign Reception. 
Suggested donation: $25, $50 and up. All are welcome to attend!! 

*05/21/2019 Wellesley Reception for Maura Healey *
Tuesday, May 21, 6 – 7:30 PM
Address provided on RSVP; Private home in Wellesley
Please join us for an event honoring Attorney General Maura Healey. 
Suggested Contributions: $125 * $250 * $500 * $1,000. 

*05/21/2019 Wareham Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 PM
Pier View Restaurant, 201 Onset Ave., Onset, Massachusetts 02558
Learn about the caucus process. The Wareham Democratic Caucus to elect delegates to the MA Dems convention will be June 1. Call John Donahue at 508-295-1544 for more information. 

05/21/2019 Pepperell DTC Meeting
Tuesday, May 21, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell

05/21/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting and Caucus
Tuesday, May 21, 7 PM
Tatnuck Booksellers, 18 Lyman St. Westborough
Monthly meeting of Westborough Democratic Town Committee. Regular meeting date is the third Tuesday of every month. Contact . 

05/21/2019 Mansfield Dems Program on Bristol County Correctional System
Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 PM
National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture, 288 North Main Street, Mansfield
Presented by the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee’s Affirmative Action & Outreach Subcommittee. Panelists from the American Civil Liberties Union, Bristol County for Corrective Justice and Prisoner Legal Services of Massachusetts will discuss issues concerning the bounty jail and ICE detention practices. The public is invited. Bristol County Democrats are especially invited. For more information visit our Facebook page, our website, send an email to or call Sally Fehervari at 339-3145. 

*05/21/2019 Resistance Speaks: Ranked Choice Voting*
Tuesday, May 21
Gentile Brewery, 59 Park St., Beverly, MA 01915
Join the Beverly Democrats at Gentile Brewery as we learn about Ranked Choice Voting. Guests will have an opportunity to rank a selection of beers (or non-alcoholic beverages) and chocolates, in an exercise to demonstrate the principles of RCV. 

*05/22/2019 Women For Walsh – Fundraiser Breakfast for Marty Walsh*
Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 – 9 AM
Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston
Suggested donation: $125, $250, $500, $1000. 

*05/22/2019 Dr. Cara Berg Powers for Worcester School Committee Kickoff*
Wednesday, May 22, 6 – 8 PM
PNI Club, 290 Millbury St., Worcester, MA 01610
Suggested donation $25 Buy at 

05/22/2019 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM
Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
For more info see 

05/22/2019 Andover Democratic Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM
Andover Baptist Church
Monthly meeting. 
See for further information. 

05/22/2019 Burlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting and Caucus
Wednesday, May 22, 7 – 8:30 PM
Grand View Farm and Marion Tavern 55 Center St Burlington 

05/22/2019 Maynard Dems Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM
Roosevelt Room, Maynard Public Library. 77 Nason Street,Maynard
Save the Date! 

*05/22/2019 Natick Dems Committee Meeting – Gun Safety Program*
Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 PM
Natick Town Hall, 3rd floor School Committee Room
State Representative David Linsky, who has been a leading advocate in the fight to prevent gun violence and Angus McQuilken from MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence (website will be giving a joint presentation about the latest efforts to limit gun violence in MA. Representatives from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and the student group March for Our Lives will also be attending. 

05/23/2019 Wellesley Reception for Maura Healey
Thursday, May 23, 6 – 7:30 PM
The Home of Susan Ryan, 29 Lincoln Road, Wellesley
Suggested Contribution: $125/$250/$500/$1,000. Donate online at or make checks payable to the Maura Healey Committee. RSVP to:

05/23/2019 Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee Sponsors Pub, Pizza, and Politics Night
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
The Altruist Brewery, 559 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Please join the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) for our next event in our series of informal get-togethers of beer, food, and open dialogue. For more information please refer to: 

05/23/2019 Clinton Democratic Town Committee Caucus for Convention & Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 23, 7 PM
Presentation Apartments, 309 Church Street, Clinton, MA 01510
At this meeting, the Clinton DTC will hold a caucus to elect delegates to the MA State Democratic Convention (Sept. 14, 2019 in Springfield). A regular monthly membership meeting will follow. All registered Democrats are welcome to attend. Please park on Church Street. For more info, visit or contact us at Find more local events here: 

05/23/2019 Needham Democratic Town Committee Caucus for Convention & Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 23, 7:15 PM
Needham History Center & Museum, 1147 Central Ave., Needham MA 02492
At this meeting, the Needham DTC will hold a caucus to elect delegates to the MA State Democratic Convention (Sept. 14, 2019 in Springfield). A regular monthly membership meeting will follow. Open to all. Email any questions to

05/25/2019 America, Interrupted, Gloucester Democrats Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Saturday, May 25, 9 – 10:30 AM
Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage, 21 Main St. Gloucester
If you have questions, please contact us at
There is no charge to participate, though a free-will offering to help defray the costs of the use of the cinema facilities will be accepted. 

05/25/2019 Fundraiser for Bill Keating with Special Guest Congressman Richard Neal
Saturday, May 25, 9 – 11 AM
CapeSpace, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis
Please Join us in Hyannis with special guest Congressman Richard Neal at a reception in support of our friend Congressman Bill Keating with breakfast and mimosas provided by The Casual Gourmet. For more information contact Jim Quigley at (508) 591-0984 or . 
$100 and up. RSVP: 

05/28/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee
Tuesday, May 28, 7 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette Street, Salem
Contact: James Willis, Chair, 

05/29/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Wednesday, May 29, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street, Groton
All Democrats and friends are welcome at our meetings. For more information contact: 

05/29/2019 Julie Flowers for Beverly City Council Campaign Kick-Off
Wednesday, May 29, 5:15 – 7:15 PM
The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915
Meet Julie Flowers, a candidate for a second term as one of Beverly’s three At-Large City Councilors, hear her ideas for our City and share yours with her. There will also be opportunities to sign up to receive more information/newsletters about and from the campaign and/or to sign up to get more involved in the campaign, for those who are interested. If you would like to make a donation to support Julie and the campaign team in the work ahead, you can use this link to do so/to get the mailing address for a check: 

05/29/2019 Roosevelt Dinner 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 6 PM
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston
Former United States Senator Paul G. Kirk Jr. and Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg will be the 2019 recipients of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s 20th annual Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Awards! 
Keynote: The Honorable Tom Perez, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. 
This year’s dinner will occur on the 102nd birthday of President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy’s grand-nephew, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, will be in attendance to mark the occasion as the Roosevelt Dinner’s Co-Chair. The second Co-Chair of the Roosevelt dinner will be Shanti Fry. 

05/30/2019 Eric Lesser – Annual Spring Reception
Thursday, May 30, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Twin Hills Country Club, 700 Wolf Swamp Road Longmeadow, MA 01106.
Suggested contribution: $100, $150, $500, $1,000, 
RSVP to Emma Crowley at 

05/30/2019 Watertown Democratic Town Committee Meeting with Ben Bradlee, Jr
Thursday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM
Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472
Please Join the Watertown Democratic Town Committee for a discussion with Ben Bradlee Jr, author of “The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America.” 

*06/02/2019 Senator Becca Rausch Re-election Fundraiser*
Sunday, June 2, 3 – 4:30 PM
The home of Auli and Ken Batts, 23 Colgate Rd., Wellesley
Meet the Senator in person, ask questions, and hear about her accomplishments to date and vision for the future. Suggested contribution: $100/$250/$500. Donate online at and contact with any questions. 

06/03/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 3, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month. 

06/04/2019 New Bedford ALL City Dems Meeting
Tuesday, June 4, 6:30 PM
GSM Labor Council, 560 Pleasant Street, New Bedford
6 PM doors open for coffee/meet n greet 
6:30 PM Meeting starts 
Contact: Lisa Lemieux, 774-328-0394. 

06/08/2019 Marlborough Democratic City Committee Meeting
Saturday, June 8, 9 AM
New Horizons 400 Hemenway Street Wayside Conference Room Marlborough, MA

06/08/2019 Breakfast and March with Joe Kennedy at Pride Parade
Saturday, June 8, 11 AM
LIR, 903 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
Check in breakfast party 11:00am -12:15pm at Lir Pub & Restaurant. 
Host Contact Info: RSVP at 

06/11/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, June 11, 7 PM
Beverly Public Library, Beverly Farms Branch, 24 Vine Street 
For more information contact Chairman Jim Thompson at or 978-618-5188. 

06/13/2019 Kathleen Feldman for Beverly City Council Campaign Kickoff Party
Thursday, June 13, 5 – 8 PM
Evviva Cucina, 45 Enon Street, Beverly, MA 01915 

*06/13/2019 Spring Reception for David LeBoeuf, State Representative, 17th Worcester District*
Thursday, June 13, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Zorba’s Taverna, 97 Stafford St., Worcester, MA 01603
Suggested Contribution: $25/$50/$100/$250/$500+. Donate online at or for more information contact

06/13/2019 Chicopee Dems Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA 01013
For more info: Meghan Balakier, CDCC Chair, 

06/15/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting
Saturday, June 15, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford
$7 requested donation per attendee to cover room and breakfast. 
Contact Christopher Jenkins at for more information. 

06/15/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee
Saturday, June 15, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Robert Isadore, Chairman 

06/15/2019 Plymouth County Democratic League
Saturday, June 15, 1 – 5 PM
199 Colonel Hunt Dr., Abington, MA 02351
Please join PCDL for our summer cook out. Burgers, dogs, chicken. Cash Bar. Swimming pool. Bring the kids. Of course there will be lots of politicians. Only $10.00 per person. Kids under 12 free. Purchase at 

06/17/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Meeting
Monday, June 17, 7 PM
Hibernian Hall, 105 Federal St., Lynn, MA 01905
For further information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or

*06/18/2019 Manisha for Mayor Campaign Kickoff Party*
Tuesday, June 18, 6 – 9 PM
T’ahpas 529, 529 Franklin St., Melrose, MA 02176
Contributions not required but please give what you can. Donate at or write a check to the Committee to Elect Manisha Bewtra. Register at and for questions/accommodations, contact or 781-462-1570. 

*06/18/2019 Pepperell DTC Meeting*
Tuesday, June 18, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell

*06/18/2019 Billerica Town Committee Meeting*
Tuesday, June 18, 7 PM
Room 210, Billerica Town Hall, 365 Boston Road, Billerica
Contact for more information. 

*06/20/2019 Lawrence Dems Quarterly Meeting*
Thursday, June 20, 6:30 PM
Lawrence Public Library (Robert Frost room 3rd floor), 51 Lawrence St. Lawrence

06/22/2019 Sterling Democrats Summer Picnic – Keynote Speaker: Jim McGovern
Saturday, June 22, 11 AM – 2:30 PM
Barre Falls Dam, Rte. 62, Hubbardston, MA
Speaking program begins at 12:30 PM. Congressman Jim McGovern will speak about the Green New Deal. 
We are welcoming committees close and far to join us. The theme is environmental issues including the preservation of our federal lands, so we will be serving plant based food but you are welcome to bring your own lunches and food to cook on the grills. The area is handicapped accessible with a covered picnic area, grills and ample seating. Dogs are welcome but on 6 ft leashes and pick up bags are requested. There is a 19 hole frisbee golf course, a volleyball court, a horseshoe court along with incredible trails over the 500 plus acres. This is federal land so all federal laws apply. Car pooling is also strongly encouraged. 
For more info see and any questions please contact Fionuala Dullea at 978-333-2348. 

*06/24/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting*
Monday, June 24, 7 PM
Plymouth Center for the Arts
Meetings are generally held at 7pm on the last Monday of each month at Plymouth Center for the Arts. Due to ongoing renovations at the Center for the Arts, please make sure to check emails and our facebook page for any changes to the location of these monthly meetings Remaing meetings for 2019: 7/29, 8/26, 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16. 

*06/25/2019 Holyoke Democratic City Committee Summer Cocktail Reception *
Tuesday, June 25, 5 – 7 PM
The Wherehouse, 109 Lyman St., Holyoke, MA 01040
Honoring Former Speaker David M. Bartley – Lifetime Achievement and Mayor Alex B. Morse – Democrat of the Year. Tickets: $30.00 at 
More info at Facebook: or contact HDCC Chair Ray Drewnowski at

07/13/2019 Wayland Dems Summer Picnic
Saturday, July 13
Home of Judy Ling & Steve Klitgord, 274 Concord Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Save the date for food, drink, and special guests. Rain date TBD. Contact:

07/14/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Annual Family Cookout & Food Drive
Sunday, July 14, 2 – 5 PM
Lynn Museum & Historical Society, 590 Washington St., Lynn
Please join us for an afternoon of relaxation, socializing and talking about the common beliefs and values we share as Democrats. Traditional cookout fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, various salads, etc. will be served. Enter our Dessert Contest. Prizes awarded for the best homemade desserts. Cookout donation: $15.00 per person; $25.00 family. For further information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or

08/10/2019 DSC Meeting
Saturday, August 10
Location: First Congressional District. 
Watch for details and exact location. 

08/12/2019 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Annual Picnic 
Monday, August 12, 5 – 8 PM
Gerry # 5 VFA 210 Beacon St. Marblehead, MA 
Contact Renee Ramirez Keaney, Chair of the MDTC 781-962-6577. 

09/14/2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention
Saturday, September 14, 8 AM
MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA
2019 Convention: September 14, MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA 
Watch for details. 

09/28/2019 Danvers Democratic Town Committee Oktoberfest – SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, September 28

10/25/2019 Barbara Gray Dinner in Wellfleet
Friday, October 25
Save the date!! 

10/27/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Annual Unity Breakfast
Sunday, October 27, 8:30 – 11 AM
Franco-American Hall, (Franco Amvets Post 161), 535 Western Ave., Lynn
A plentiful breakfast will be provided. Donation per person:$30.00 in advance, $35:00 at the door. Please send checks, payable to the LDCC, for the number of people planning to attend, to Jane Cahill, LDCC Treasurer, 169 Lynn Shore Dr, Lynn, MA 01902. For additional information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or 

Ideas for Committees – Preview of Reorganization Timeline – Advice
08/01/19 Last day for city and ward committees to notify the Secretary of Commonwealth of the number of members to be elected to each ward and town committee. 
08/06/19 Nomination papers available at the Election Division in the Office of the Secretary of the Common wealth and some city and town clerks’ offices for ward, town and state committee. 
11/08/19 Last day and hour (5PM) to submit ward, town or state committee nomination papers to Registars of Voters for certification of signatures. 
11/15/19 Last day and hour (5PM) for Registrars of Voters to complete certification of signatures on nomination papers for ward, town and state committees. 
11/19/19 Last day and hour (5PM) to file ward, town and state committee nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. 

Every four years Democratic Town and Ward Committees need to reorganize. 
Check the calendar above and think about either scheduling meetings that allow you to take the actions listed above or if your current meeting schedule allows you to accomplish what needs to be done. 
In brief the process starts with each committee choosing the potential number of members to be elected on the ballot. Generally I encourage committees to “Fill Every Seat. Legally, each committee can set the number between 3 and 35. I mention this now to encourage people to think about this issue now so that you can have a vote in time to get the information to the SOC on or before 08/01. 
Between 8/6 and 11/9 nomination papers need to be circulated and signed. It’s prudent to have a meeting during this time as well as a plan to connect with people who might not attend a meeting. 
Finally, it’s good to schedule time to get the papers into the SOC. 

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