August 23, 2019/Dispatch

Convention Breakout Speakers, Events & More!

Greetings from Patrick (& Kate)

Dear Democrats,

This week, we announced the amazing group of speakers who will help lead the discussions at our breakout sessions for the 2019 Convention! These breakout sessions include topics such as climate change, combatting Donald Trump, our economy, immigration, and the Democratic values that bring us all together. We are truly lucky to be joined by a passionate group of experts, elected officials, and advocates. If you are interested in learning more about the MassDems Convention breakout session speakers, click here:

Are you attending the Convention as a delegate or alternate? Keep an eye on your email to register for the breakout session of your choice! Not attending the Convention already? Purchase a guest pass today to join in this incredible experience:

If you have any convention-related questions feel free to call our office at 617-939-0800 or email us at


Patrick Coyne
Communications Manager, Massachusetts Democratic Party


If you know of an event that’s not listed, reach out to us at and we’ll include it in the next edition of the dispatch! If you have events that you would like to include in our weekly Dispatch, please email us at by Thursday at 5:00 pm so we can include in our Friday email.

ICYMI: A Message from Kate
Dear Dispatch Readers,
At last Saturday’s DSC meeting, I announced that I am not running for re-election to the Democratic National Committee. I have very much enjoyed working with my DNC colleagues: DSC officers Gus Bickford and Deb Kozikowski, members Sue Thomson, David O’Brien and Mel Poindexter, along with at-large members Jim Roosevelt, Deb Goldberg and Elaine Kamarck, and past colleagues, John Walsh and Ray Jordan. It was through the DNC that I connected with the High School Democrats of America. I plan to continue my work with them. My involvement with young people has been very rewarding. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with them. I will continue to serve the Democratic Party as a DSC member and a campaign volunteer. I look forward to representing Massachusetts at the national convention in Milwaukee. My term will end at the close of the 2020 convention.

It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the DNC. I am deeply grateful to the DSC and Democrats across Massachusetts for the opportunity to serve on the Democratic National Committee.

Democratically yours,

Kate Donaghue

Ideas for Committees – Host a Candidate Forum!
Local races are happening now across the state, including many fast-approaching preliminary elections. Hosting a candidate forum is a great way to hear from the candidates running and to introduce new voters to your committee. You can ask attendees to submit questions ahead of time, let folks ask questions at the event, or come up with a combination of both. Be sure to advertise the forum on social media and ask people to bring their friends and families! And of course, email to let us know about any forums (or other events) that you’re hosting so we can promote them here in the dispatch!

Update: Submitting Events to the Dispatch
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Event details:

08/23/2019 WSCC’s Women’s Equality Day 2019
Friday, August 23, 12:30 – 1 PM
Swan Boats of Boston, 4 Charles St S, Boston
Join WSCC in celebrating Women’s Equality Day by honoring Sheroes: African-American Suffragists of Massachusetts. RSVP: Details:

08/24/2019 Middleboro Democratic Town Committee Cookout
Saturday, August 24, Noon – 4 PM
The Mitchell Memorial Club 29 Elm Street, Middleboro MA
Tickets are $20 or $25 for a family and will be available at the door. This is an opportunity to get together and discuss issues with other Democrats, meet Office Holders and hear from candidates committed to run for Office. All of the proceeds will go to helping elect Democrats in the upcoming Election cycle. Website:

08/24/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 24, 2 – 4 PM
Obear Park, Livingstone Ave, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
The ice cream will be from Treadwell’s in Peabody.  They will have speeches, information about what the Beverly Democratic City Committee is up to, and great camaraderie! This is a free event and not a fundraiser. All are invited! Tell your friends! Details:

08/24/2019 Neponset Valley Young Dems Cookout
Saturday, August 24, 4 – 7 PM
12 Mozart Dr, Walpole, MA 02081
Save the Date for a “Countdown to 2020 Cookout” hosted by the Neponset Valley Young Democrats, the Young Democrats of Massachusetts, and the Walpole Democratic Town Committee!
Details and updates:

08/25/2019 Women’s Equality Day Breakfast 2019
Sunday, August 25, 10 AM – Noon
The Boylston Rooms, 122 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027
Attend this unique event celebrating women’s leadership here in the Pioneer Valley and the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. It is a non-partisan/non-profit celebration of the right to vote. Hosted by Mary Olberding Hampshire County Register of Deeds and Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle. Tickets are $25 Pre-sale ($30 at the door): It is not a fundraiser for any candidate. All are welcome. There are multiple sponsorship opportunities. Details:

08/25/2019 Boston Ward 4 Dems Annual Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 25, 2 – 4 PM
Titus Sparrow Park, 200 W Newton St, Boston
Join friends, neighbors, and fellow Democrats in Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End (and beyond!) for good ice cream, good weather, and good company. Details:

08/25/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Sunday, August 25, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street, Groton
Special Guest: US Senate candidate Shannon Liss-Riordan. All Democrats and friends are welcome. For more information contact:

08/25/2019 Progressive MA & Social Activist Picnic with Guest Speakers US Rep Lori Trahan and MA Rep Tami Gouveia
Sunday, August 25, 4 – 7 PM
Nara Park – Lakeside Bathhouse Pavilion, 25 Ledge Rock Way Acton, MA
Come and honor newly-elected local women legislators at the annual Social Activist Summer Picnic/Potluck. Us Rep Lori Trahan and MA Rep Tami Gouveia will speak about the importance of local grassroots groups. There will be a ROE Act postcard table and Progressive Mass membership information. Bring something to share: Main dish, salad, or dessert. To keep waste down, bring plates, napkins, and utensils from home. Frisbees, outdoor games, and swim suits & towels encouraged! Co-hosts: Progressive Mass Chapters Three Rivers & Indivisible Westford Details:

*08/25/2019 Boxborough DTC Monthly Meeting*
Sunday, August 25, 4:30 PM
Minuteman Grille, Boxborough Regendy, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough
Boxborough Dems will be hosting their monthly meeting at the Minuteman Grille at the Boxborough Regency. Email to RSVP.

08/26/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting
Monday, August 26, 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: 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16.

08/26/2019 Northborough DTC Monthly Meeting
Monday, August 26, 7 – 8:45 PM
Northborough Free Library conference room, 34 Main St, Northborough MA 01532
Contact: Janet Cason at If you have never been to the Northborough library, email Janet for directions and use “Library Directions” in the subject line. GPS directions are incorrect.

08/26/2019 Sterling Democratic Committee Presentation on the Plight of North Atlantic Right Whales
Monday, August 26, 7 – 8 PM
The Butterick Building, Rm 205, 1 Park Street, Sterling, Ma. 01564
The presentation will explain the plight of the North Atlantic right whales and what Massachusetts residents/ voters can do to help. Alanna Kelly from the International Fund for Animal Welfare ( IFAW) will be the guest speaker. This is open to the public and all are welcome. The North Atlantic right whale is the official marine mammal of Massachusetts and are one of the most endangered large whale species. Attendees and committee members will hear a resolution asking for their support for right whale conservation (The SAVE Act). Contact:

08/27/2019 Ward 4 Springfield City Council Debate
Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Rebecca M Johnson School, 55 Catherine St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01109
Hear from candidates George Savage, Jynai McDonald, Lorenzo Gaines, and Malo Brown. Hosted by the The McKnight Neighborhood Council. Details:

08/27/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee
Tuesday, August 27, 7 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette Street, Salem
Contact: James Willis, Chair,

08/28/2019 13th Annual Democrats of Distinction Awards Banquet – Springfield Democratic City Committee
Wednesday, August 28, 6 – 9 PM
Springfield Lodge of the ELks # 61440, Tiffany St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01108
Please join the Springfield Democratic City Committee in honoring Springfield Democratic activists. Four city-wide awards will be given along with eight awards honoring individuals in each of the city’s wards for their achievements.
Tickets are $50 and include access to the event, cocktail reception, and dinner. Purchase here: or by sending a check to the Springfield Democratic City Committee, C/O Treasurer Geoffrey F.X. O’Connell, at 2 Veterans Way, Springfield, MA 01108. For more information contact Vice Chairman Victor Davila at (413) 297-8614 or . Details:

08/28/2019 Back-to-School Supply Drive and Ice Cream Social with Mayor Marty Walsh
Wednesday, August 28, 6 – 8 PM
IBEW Local 103, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester 02122
Join Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a back-to-school supply drive and ice cream social. Please bring one of the suggested items for donation. This is an event for all ages, everyone is welcome. To RSVP and see the list of suggested items for donation see here:

08/28/2019 North Shore Delegates Dinner
Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Brothers Taverna, 283 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Delegates for the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention will join for an informative Pre-Convention dinner. Topics will include how to prepare for the convention and what to expect at the convention. Meet fellow delegates (and friends) from across the North Shore before the convention. Local and statewide officeholders will be invited to speak at this event. Your $20.00 donation will include a great meal, which will include steak tips, fish, or a vegetarian option. This is not a fundraiser.

08/28/2019 Mansfield Monthly Democratic Town Committee
Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 – 9 PM
Mansfield Municipal Airport, 265 Fruit St, Building H, Mansfield
The guest speaker will be a representative from the Presidential Campaign of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. They will be having guest speakers from the Presidential campaigns leading up to next year’s Presidential Primary. The public is invited to all of their meetings and events. Details: Contact: or Chairwoman Deborah Knight Snyder at 508-261-7189.

08/29/2019 Jonathan Paz for Waltham City Council End of Summer Reception
Thursday, August 29, 5:30 – 8 PM
617MediaGroup, 282 Moody Street, #Suite 314, Waltham
The Committee to Elect Jonathan Paz is throwing an end of summer reception to thank their friends and donors for making the beginning of the campaign so exciting, and they hope it re-energizes everyone for the fall! All are welcome to come meet other Ward 9 voters and enjoy a compelling slate of speakers and light refreshments. Tickets:

08/31/2019 America, Interrupted, Gloucester Democrats Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Saturday, August 31, 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.

08/31/2019 Merrimack Valley Young Dems Meeting
Saturday, August 31, 3 PM
Wicked Big Café, 19 Essex Street, Haverhill
Join the Merrimack Valley Young Dems for their August meeting.

*09/02/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting*
Labor Day; confirm meeting
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month.

*09/03/2019 New Bedford ALL City Dems Meeting*
Tuesday, September 3, 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.

*09/04/2019 Barnstable Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, September 4, 7 – 8:30 PM
Barnstable Democrats, 524 Main St, Barnstable, 02632
Join the Barnstable Democratic Town Committee to discuss local, state, and national issues that relate to the Democratic Party. Details:

09/04/2019 Bellingham Democratic Town Committee monthly meeting
Wednesday, September 4, 7 PM
Municipal Ctr., 10 Mechanic St.
Contact: 508-533-1600 or

09/05/2019 Re-elect Marchetti for Pittsfield Councilor at Large kickoff
Thursday, September 5, 5 – 8 PM
Tavern at the A, 303 Crane Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Come out and help Pete kick off his re-election bid for another term as City Councilor at Large. Appetizers and cash bar will be served. Suggested donation -$25.00. Details:

09/05/2019 Birthday Reception for State Rep. Andy Vargas
Thursday, September 5, 5:30 PM
Hans Garden, 114 Washington Street, Haverhill
Rep. Andy Vargas is turning 26 and you’re invited to join us for a fundraiser in honor of his birthday. If you can’t make it, please consider pitching in $26 and become part of Andy’s Birthday Club! Details and tickets:

09/05/2019 Merrymount Association Qunicy City Council Ward 1 Candidate Night
Thursday, September 5, 6 – 7 PM
Merrymount Association Official, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
Please invite your Ward 1 family, neighbors, and friends to hear from the three candidates running for Ward 1 Councilor. Each candidate will receive a 15 minute opportunity to address the crowd and answer questions. If you have questions you would like the candidates to answer, please submit them prior to the event to Association President Mark Sauter at They are also asking the candidates and attendees to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to support our Ward 1 neighbors at the Germantown Neighborhood Center Food Pantry. Details:

*09/05/2019 Newton Dems 3rd Quarter Meeting*
Thursday, September 5, 7 – 9 PM
Women’s Workshop, 72 Columbus St, Newton
Meeting will feature Common Cause MA to discuss election day voter registration and consideration of endorsements of municipal candidates.

*09/05/2019 Grafton Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Thursday, September 5, 7 – 9 PM
Grafton Municipal Center, Room E, 30 Providence Rd, Grafton, MA 01519
Business meeting, generally the first Thursday of the month. Contact for more info.

09/06/2019 Madison Park Development Corporation’s Cookout with Boston City Council Candidates
Friday, September 6, 4 – 7 PM
Madison Park Development Corporation, 184 Dudley St Ste 102, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119
Meet the Boston City Council At-Large candidates & incumbents while enjoying a meal with your neighbors! To RSVP or volunteer please, contact Beyazmin Jimenez at Details:

*09/07/2019 MDCC September Meeting*
Saturday, September 7, 9 – 10:15 AM
New Horizons, 400 Hemenway St, Marlborough
September meeting of Marlborough Democratic City Committee. Details:

09/07/2019 Haverhill Democratic City Committee’s Annual Breakfast
Saturday, September 7, 10 AM
Maria’s Family Restaurant, Galleria Banquet Room, 85 Essex Street, Haverhill
Join the Haverhill DTC for their Annual Breakfast. Candidates for local municipal offices will be attending, along with state and federal elected officials. 2019 Distinguished Democrats will be awarded and straw poll for municipal elections will be conducted on all contested races. Open to the public and tickets are $25.00. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended as this event will sell out early. For more info contact Roz McKeon, Breakfast Chairperson at

*09/07/2019 Haverhill DCC Annual Breakfast*
Saturday, September 7, 10 AM – Noon
Maria’s Family Restaurant, 85 Essex St, Haverhill
Tickets: $25, advanced purchase recommended. Contact: Roz McKeon at

09/08/2019 17th Annual Jean and Paul “Red Sullivan Memorial Breakfast”
Sunday, September 8, 10 AM – Noon
V.F.W. Post-1046, 283 North Quincy Street, Brockton
Keynote Speaker: TBD. For more information and ticket sales please call Debra Garland, Brockton Democratic Chairperson, at 508-559-9670. Details:

*09/08/2019 Newton Democrats Ward 5 Candidate Forum*
Sunday, September 8, 1 – 3 PM
Waban Community Library, 1608 Beacon St, Waban
The forum will feature Emily Prenner, candidate for School Committee, and all 3 candidates for Ward Councilor (Bill Humphrey, Kathy Winters, and Rena Getz) will be attending. Submit questions for the candidates using this link:

09/08/2019 32nd Annual Acton-Boxborough Democratic Picnic
Sunday, September 8, 2 – 5 PM
Home of Abby and Dennis Reip, 205 Old Harvard Road, Boxborough
The Acton-Boxborough DTC asks that you help them support the Acton Boxborough Food Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to the picnic. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Ellen Valade at or Abby Reip at Details: Please note the suggested $10 contribution per person or $20 per family.

09/08/2019 Annual Multi-Town DTC Event Sponsored by Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem, Pelham, Sunderland, and Wendell Town Committees
Sunday, September 8, 3 – 5 PM
Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Rd, Shutesbury, MA 01072
Sponsored by Dem. Committees of Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem, Pelham, Sunderland, Wendell. Theme: Time To Act. Food, Music and tabling by action groups. Invited speakers include Congressman McGovern, State Senator Comerford, State Rep. Blais and others. Contact: P. Kim at

09/08/2019 Wellesley Dems Annual Picnic
Sunday, September 8, 4 – 6 PM
RSVP for address
Join the Wellesley Dems for good food, drinks, door prizes, live music, and a chance to hear from our elected officials as well as local activist organizations! Suggested contribution: $15 per guest. For more information and to RSVP, email

*09/09/2019 Pasta with Mayor Jim Fiorentini*
Monday, September 9, 5:30 – 7:30 AM
Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St, Haverhill
Attendees are encouraged to donate $25, $100, or $250. Volunteers eat for free! Checks can be made payable to Citizens for Fiorentini, and mailed to 36 Macon Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830. Online donations can be made at

09/09/2019 Wayland Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Monday, September 9, 6:30 PM
110 Grill, 71 Commonwealth Rd, Wayland, MA 01778
Socializing begins at 6:30PM and meeting starts at 7PM. All welcome. Please rsvp to

09/09/2019 Franklin Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Monday, September 9, 7 – 8:30 PM
The Franklin TV and Radio Station, 23 Hutchinson Street, Franklin
The meeting lasts from 7 PM to 8:30 PM with networking from 8:30 PM to 9 PM. All are welcome. Remaining 2019 Meetings: 10/14 and 11/11. Details:

09/10/2019 Pepperell DTC Meeting
Tuesday, September 10, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library, 15 Main St, Pepperell, MA 01463
Contact: Tom McGrath at

09/10/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee September Meeting
Tuesday, September 10, 7 – 8:45 PM
Thayer Public Library, Logan Auditorium, Upper Level, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184
Join the Braintree Dems for their monthly meeting. Learn more about how you can help to elect Democratic candidates and support Democratic policy. Details:

09/10/2019 Wrentham Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 – 9 PM
Wrentham Senior Center, 400 Taunton St, Wrentham, MA 02093
All voters (and soon to be voters) are welcome! Monthly meeting to help Democrats get elected. Those who are thinking about running for office as a Democrat, who want to meet Democrats running for office, or who are concerned about specific issues are encouraged to attend. Remaining 2019 meetings: 10/9, 11/5, and 12/10. Details:

*09/10/2019 Littleton DTC Meeting*
Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 PM
Littleton Town Hall, Room 230, 37 Shattuck St, Littleton
Contact: Robert Hueston 720-253-4798

*09/11/2019 Orleans DTC Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, September 11, 5 – 6 PM
Skaket Room Orleans Town Hall, 17 School Rd, Orleans
The Orleans DTC meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

09/11/2019 Kingston Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 7 PM
The Town House, 26 Evergreen Street, Kingston
Join the Kingston DTC for their September meeting. Contact:

09/11/2019 Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee September Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 7 PM
The dining room at Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow
The September meeting will feature a preview of the September 14 Democratic State Convention in Springfield led by Chair-Emeritus, Candy Glazer. Contact:

09/12/2019 Boston City Council At-Large Candidates Forum
Thursday, September 12, 6 – 8 PM
ABCD’s Thelma D. Burns Building, 565 Warren Street | Boston, MA 02121
Join a discussion with the candidates running for Boston City Council At-Large on their vision for prosperity and economic mobility for communities of color. Childcare and interpretation are available upon request in the registration form. Details:

09/12/2019 Sudbury Democratic Town Commitee Meeting
Thursday, September 12, 7 PM
Sudbury Grange Hall in Sudbury Center, 327 Concord Road
Join the Sudbury DTC at the Grange Hall at the intersection of Concord Road and Route 27, right next to Town Hall.  Attendees should park in the Town Hall lot. The meeting is on the second floor, accessible by both stairs and elevator. Details:

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.

09/17/2019 “A Bipartisan Approach to Climate Change with Gary Rucinski, Ph.D. and the Wellesley DTC “
Tuesday, September 17, 7 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley
In this presentation, Dr. Rucinski will describe what is in the Energy Innovation Act, how it will lead to reduced emissions, its effects on the economy, and chances of its passage. Contact:

09/18/2019 Bridgewater 2020 Census Complete Count Informational Session
Wednesday, September 18, 11 AM
Bridgewater Academy Building, 66 Central Square, Bridgewater
The goal of this informational session is to educate community stakeholders about the 2020 Census process.

09/18/2019 Bellingham DTC “2020 Kick-Off”
Wednesday, September 18, 6 – 9 PM
Hot & Cold appetizers, cash bar. Details TBA.

*09/18/2019 Boxford DTC Meeting*
Wednesday, September 18, 7 – 9 PM
Boxford Community Center, 4 Middleton Rd, Boxford
Attendees should 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. For further information contact: Ken Thompson, or 978-502-2078.

09/18/2019 Billerica Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 7:15 PM
Room 110, Billerica Town Hall
Remaining 2019 meetings: 10/22 and 12/10. Contact:

*09/18/2019 Billerica DTC Meeting*
Wednesday, September 18, 7:15 PM
Town Hall, Room 110, 365 Boston Rd, Billerica

09/19/2019 Falmouth Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 7 – 9 PM
The Hermann Room, Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main St, Falmouth, MA 02540
Nate Mayo, Manager Development and Policy at Vineyard Wind will be speaking on wind green energy. Details:

09/19/2019 Mansfield Monthly Democratic Town Committee
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 – 9 PM
Mansfield Municipal Airport, 265 Fruit St, Mansfield
General meeting. Details:

09/20/2019 Kathy Kreatz for Medford School Committee Campaign Kick Off
Friday, September 20, 6 – 8 PM
Medford Firefighters Club, 340 Salem Street, Medford, Massachusetts 02155
Attend the campaign kick off party for Kathy Kreatz. Buffet and Cash Bar, Donations are greatly appreciated. Kid-friendly event.

09/21/2019 Greater Lowell Area Dems Meeting
Saturday, September 21, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford
Contact: Christopher Jenkins at

*09/21/2019 Greater Lowell Democrats Breakfast Meeting*
Saturday, September 21, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Dr, Chelmsford
$7 requested donation per attendee to cover costs of room and breakfast. Any guest speakers and special programming will be announced closer to each meeting. Delegates, local committee chairs, and State Committee members from member communities are encouraged to attend. All interested local Dems are welcome.

*09/22/2019 Newton Dems Annual Autumn Fundraising Brunch*
Sunday, September 22, 11 AM – 1 PM
Post 440, 295 California St, Newton
Recognizing Senator Cindy Creem, Representative Ruth Balser and Representative Kay Khan for their leadership during difficult times. With special welcome by Sheila Decter, former president of JALSA. More details to be announced. RSVP here:

09/22/2019 Annual Newton Dems Fundraising Brunch
Sunday, September 22
Save the Date!

*09/23/2019 Autumn Reception for State Rep. Maria Robinson*
Monday, September 23, 6 – 7:30 PM
Jack’s Abbey, 100 Clinton St, Framingham
Join Maria and hear about updates from Beacon Hill while enjoying some local brews! Tickets:

09/26/2019 Plymouth County Register of Deeds John Buckley’s Annual “Galway West” Oyster Festival
Thursday, September 26, 5:30 – 8 PM
J.P. Ryan’s Tavern, 246 Brockton Avenue (Rte. 123) Abington
The festival will feature Irish Music, Irish Step dancers and Fresh Oysters form Duxbury Oyster Company. Suggested Minimum Donation $25, Sponsorships: Gold-$200; Silver-$100; Bronze-$75 For further information, please call Pamela Berry at (781) 871-1510.

09/26/2019 Lexington Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 26, 7 PM
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington
They are expecting to Senator Michael Barrett to attend and give a legislative update. Meetings of the LDTC are open to the public. Registered Democrats and those who are unenrolled (“independents”) are invited to attend LDTC events. Contact:

09/28/2019 Ipswich Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting
Saturday, September 28, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Ipswich Public Library, 25 N Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Agenda to follow. Details:

09/28/2019 Danvers Democratic Town Committee Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 28, 6 – 9 PM
The Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers
Come join the Danvers DTC for a festive evening with an international buffet and a theme of Celebrating  Women in Politics to raise funds for their scholarship and activities. Statewide and local officials and candidates. Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple, payable to DDTC.  White will be the color of the evening as they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women  being given the right to vote. For more information contact Marilyn Hazel at or (978) 590-1473. Tickets available at the door or online here:

09/29/2019 Westfield Democratic City Committee Annual Harvest Breakfast
Sunday, September 29, 9 AM – Noon
Tekoa Country Club, 459 Russell Rd. (Rt 20), Westfield, MA 01085
Save the Date for WDCC’s only fundraising event of the year, honoring the Westfield WDCC Member of the Year and Westfield Democrat of the Year. Check for updates.

10/01/2019 Indivisible Pittsfield invites you to: Meet Alex Morse, MA-1 Candidate
Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 – 8 PM
Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Indivisible Pittsfield invites the public to meet Alex Morse, Mayor of Holyoke and primary challenger for Congressional District 1. This is a free event and all are welcome.

10/05/2019 Billerica, Tewksbury, Wilmington Dem Committees Annual Fundraiser, hosted by Jimmy Tingle
Saturday, October 5, 8 – 11 PM
Billerica Elks Lodge, 14 Webb Brook Rd, Billerica, Massachusetts 01821
Have fun and support the Billerica, Tewksbury, and Wilmington Democratic Town Committees at their annual fundraiser, hosted by Jimmy Tingle. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. sharp. Jimmy Tingle will take the stage and perform bits of his show, “Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision.” The event will also include a live auction, cash and check only. Cash bar and light snacks. Attendees can bring their own food to the event, but no drinks are allowed due to the cash bar. Tickets will be available at the door for $35.00 each. All proceeds will be divided evenly by all three Democratic Town Committees. Details:

10/20/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats (GLAD) Annual Brunch
Sunday, October 20, 10 AM – Noon
Lenzi’s, 810 Merrimack Ave., Dracut, MA 01826
Tickets: $40 per person or $350 for table of 10. Check for more info.

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

10/26/2019 Clam Boil Fundraiser for State Representative Carole Fiola
Saturday, October 26, 1 – 2 PM
Fall River Elks Lodge, 4500 North Main Street
Join a clam boil with State Rep. Carole Fiola and friends. Tickets are $35. Serving from 1-2 and doors open at 12. To purchase tickets and RSVP contact 508-641-0297 or Details:

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

11/13/2019 DSC Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 6 PM
Location: Eighth Congressional District.
Watch for details and exact location.

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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.