September 20, 2019/Dispatch

Fall is Right Around the Corner! Elections Season & More

Greetings from Patrick (& Kate)

Dear Democrats, 

It was great to see so many of you in Springfield this past Saturday for our 2019 Convention! Attendees heard inspiring speeches, took part in important discussions in breakout sessions, and strengthened Democratic connections across the Commonwealth! 

Now that the convention is over, we’re excited to shift towards election season. If your city/town hasn’t had their preliminary elections yet, make sure that you know when and where to vote. And don’t forget to encourage your friends and family to go to the polls too! Help them make a plan to vote and post voter information on your social media! 

Help your friends and family get registered for the November election. The deadline to vote in the November election is October 20th. Get your friends and family registered here: ( and let’s keep this blue wave going into 2019, 2020 and beyond! 


Patrick Coyne 
Communications Manager, Massachusetts Democratic Party

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Ideas for Committees–National Voter Registration Day!
Next Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day! To celebrate, consider hosting a Check the Box voter registration drive, on the 24th or any other day! I have attached the MassDems “Our Values” one-pager as well as our Check the Box one-pager. 
(Our Values One-Pager: & Check the Box: 
Beyond increasing democratic participation, voter registration drives are also a great way to connect with the community and increase your DTC’s visibility! If you want to host a registration drive, sign up here ( or email the MassDems Political Director, Nigel Simon, at and we’ll help you organize one!

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*09/20/2019 Latinx for Kenzie Bok, Candidate for Boston City Council District 8*

Friday, September 20, 5 – 6:30 PM

The Puddingstone Tavern, 1592 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02120

Join Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo at a Latinx for Kenzie Reception. Questions: RSVP:


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.

09/20/2019 Rep. Kathy LaNatra’s Birthday Celebration fundraiser
Friday, September 20, 6 – 9 PM
Three V, 10 Cordage Park Cir #253, Plymouth
Join Rep Kathy LaNatra of the 12th Plymouth District at her birthday fundraiser. Suggested donation $50.  Gourmet pizza, appetizers and cash bar. All are welcome. RSVP to

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.

09/21/2019 Grafton Democratic Town Committee Coffee Hour
Saturday, September 21, 9 – 10 AM
Pub 122, 215 Worcester St, North Grafton, MA 01536
Informal coffee hour, generally the third Saturday of the month. Contact for more info.

09/21/2019 Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, September 21, 10 AM
Tewksbury Town Hall, 1009 Main Street, Tewksbury
Monthly meeting of the Tewksbury DTC. Contact:

*09/21/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee*
Saturday, September 21, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Lois Grebe will have a presentation on DY Citizens for Education and candidate for Senate Shannon Liss-Riordan will speak.. Members, please consider bringing refreshments. Robert Isadore, Chairman: 

09/22/2019 Newton Dems Annual Autumn Fundraising Brunch
Sunday, September 22, 11 AM – 1 PM
American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street, 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. Questions: Sharon Stout at 617 955 9881. Details: RSVP, Tickets, and event sponsor info here:

*09/22/2019 Boston Citywide GOTV Rally with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and the MassDems*
Sunday, September 22, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Roxbury Community College, Lot 1, 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury
The preliminary election for municipal offices in Boston is coming up on Tuesday, September 24, join Congresswoman Pressley and the MassDems to hear from the candidates and make a plan to vote! Details and list of candidates attending: RSVP:

09/22/2019 Meet Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FLA 26) in Wellesley!
Sunday, September 22, 2:30 – 4 PM
Home in Wellesley
Join Force Multipler, the Wellesley DTC, and Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell at a florida-themed fundraiser supporting her re-election campaign. This is a very “swingy” district that has switched parties three times since 2012, and we need to help her hold this seat for Team Blue! Tickets and RSVP:

09/22/2019 Third Installation of the Nazda Alam Foundation
 For Muslim Women Civic Engagement & Leadership 2019 Speaker Series: Census and Voter Information for Immigrant Communities
Sunday, September 22, 4 – 6 PM
Breed Middle School, 90 O’Callaghan Way, Lynn, MA
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Galvin and Eva Milona, Executive Director of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), will present information about Census 2020, voter registration, and the voting process. Mayor Thomas M. McGee of Lynn, MA will also join the event and there will be a screening of the documentary Rohingya: Atrocities Against Women. For more info call Nazda Alam, 781-354-6406 or Sitara Naheed, 617-953-1247, or email or

09/22/2019 State Senator Becca Rausch’s Birthday Fundraiser
Sunday, September 22, 5 – 6:30 PM
Vino Divino, 922 Highland Ave, Needham
Becca hit the big 4-0 at the end of August. Come enjoy an evening of wine and cheese. You’ll also hear from Becca about her Beacon Hill accomplishments and plans for the future. Suggested donations: $40 | $80 | $140 | $250 | $500 | $1,000

*09/22/2019 Meet Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FLA 26) in Brookline with Special Guest Congresswoman Katherine Clark*
Sunday, September 22, 5 – 6:30 PM
Home in Brookline
Join Force Multipler, Congresswoman Clark, and Congresswoman Mucarsel-Powell at a fundraiser supporting her re-election campaign. This is a very “swingy” district that has switched parties three times since 2012, and we need to help her hold this seat for Team Blue! Tickets and RSVP:

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 Representative Robinson for her Autumn Reception, including an update from her on the work going on across the district and on Beacon Hill. Suggested donations: $25, $50, $250, $500. RSVP:

09/23/2019 Framingham City Councilor Margareth Shepard Re-Election Campaign Kickoff
Monday, September 23, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Portuguese Club, 67 South Street, Framingham, MA 01702 
The Committee to Re-elect Margareth Shepard for District 7- Framingham City Council cordially invites you to join them for a reception and fundraiser in support of Margareth Shepard. There will bbe appetizers, great conversation, and music! They will be also sharing information about the upcoming elections. Donations to The Committee to Elect Margareth Shepard are welcomed and will be greatly appreciated! RSVP and details:

09/24/2019 National Voter Registration Day with The Sterling Democratic Committee
Tuesday, September 24, 10 AM – 2 PM
Quinsigamond Community College ( Fuller Student  Center), 670 West Boylston St, Worcester, MA
The Sterling Democratic Committee is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. Please join them in helping to register voters. This is a non-partisan event. Details:

09/25/2019 Meet Pittsfield Ward 4 Candidate Mike Merriam
Wednesday, September 25, 5 – 7 PM
American Legion, 41 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Come meet and hear Mike’s vision for Ward 4. A pasta dinner will be served. Suggested donation: $25. Kids 12 & under are free. Details:

09/25/2019 Young Professionals for Mayor Marty Walsh
Wednesday, September 25, 5:30 PM
Anthem Kitchen & Bar, 101 S. Market St., Boston, MA 02109
Young Professionals are invited to join Mayor Walsh and hear directly from him. Tickets and RSVP:

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 Fall Campaign Reception for Weymouth Councilor Chris Heffernan
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cathay Center Restaurant, 203 Bridge St, North Weymouth, Massachusetts 02191
Join Chris Heffernan for a Fall Reception. Appetizers and a cash bar avaliable. Details:

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 Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with Michelle Wu*
Saturday, September 28, 2 – 4 PM
Irish Social Club, 119 Park Street, West Roxbury, MA
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a tradition celebrating the fall harvest and a time when families come together. Join Councilor Michelle Wu for a celebration of community with music, food, and kids activities! Bring the whole family to join in decorating lanterns, making a giant paper dragon, and more – all ages are welcome. To join the Host Committee or to RSVP contact Rickie Harvey at or call 617-942-1379. Contributions:

09/28/2019 Bridgewater DTC Presents Billy Dodge Moody at Music Alley
Saturday, September 28, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Bridgewater Music Alley, 50 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA
The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee is pleased to present musician Billy Dodge Moody live at Bridgewater Music Alley! This concert is a free concert but they ask those who can to consider making a donation of $10 per ticket to help offset costs. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship. Donate or sponsor this event here: Please RSVP here: Candidates are encouraged to attend and meet voters!

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. 

*09/29/2019 Raise Up Massachusetts Progressive Revenue Workshop – Lexington*
Sunday, September 29, 1:30 – 4 PM
Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room 1847 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420
The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition is launching a campaign for new revenues that meet urgent needs in a progressive manner, while advancing the Fair Share Amendment as a crucial piece of the longer-term plan.  These workshops equip advocates with the knowledge and commitment to become vocal advocates for fair and adequate revenues. Light refreshments will be served. Contact:, Lexington DTC Co-Chair.

09/29/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Sunday, September 29, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street, Groton
All Democrats and friends are welcome at our meetings. For more information contact: 

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.

*10/02/2019 Birthday Fundraiser for Cambridge City Councilor Denise Smmons*
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
La Fábrica Central Restaurant, 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Join Denise and friends for a birthday fundraiser! Details: RSVP by 9/23 here: Donate here or at the door:

10/03/2019 Mass Women’s Political Caucus 1st Annual Gala
Thursday, October 3, 6 – 8 PM
The Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St James Ave, Boston, MA
Join the MWPC in celebrating their their first signature event combining the Abigail Adams and Good Guys Awards. They will be honoring Ioannis N. Miaoulis, Incoming President of Roger Williams University, Natasha Lamb, Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Arjuna Capital, Lora M. Pellegrini, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans (MAHP), and Dan Rivera Mayor of Lawrence. The event will also feature their four Roe Champions, Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative Patricia Haddad, Representative Jay Livingstone, and Gus Bickford, Contact: Sharon Stout at or 617-955-9881. Details:

10/03/2019 MassVOTE 2019 Champions of Democracy
Thursday, October 3, 6 – 8 PM
Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street Boston, MA 02114 
Join MassVote for their 2019 Champions of Democracy event with keynote speaker Miles S. Rapoport, Senior Fellow in American Democracy, Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School. The honorees for 2019 are Wilnelia Rivera, Founder and President of Rivera Consulting, Inc., and Greg Dennis, Co-Founder and Policy Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. RSVP and tickets:

10/05/2019 Billerica, Tewksbury, Wilmington Dem Committees Annual Fundraiser, hosted by Jimmy Tingle
Saturday, October 5, 7 – 10 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:

10/05/2019 “Dancing with the Democrats” Fundraiser for the DNC
Saturday, October 5, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
Orient Heights Yacht Club, 61 Bayswater St, Boston, Massachusetts 02128
Dance to Squeezebox Stompers and raise funds for the DNC. Entrance $25; all donations accepted. Checks payable to DNC. Cash Bar. Easy walking distance from the Orient Heights subway stop. Organized by Ralph Tufo and Donna Segreti Reilly. Details:

*10/08/2019 Medway Democratic Town Commitee Meeting*
Tuesday, October 8, 7 PM
T.C. Scoops, 104 Main St, Medway, MA 02053
At this meeting, the Medway DTC will elect their new chair and discuss upcoming events.

10/08/2019 Stow Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 PM
Randall Library,19 Crescent St, Stow, Massachusetts 01775
Monthly meeting of the Stow DTC.

10/10/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee October Meeting
Thursday, October 10, 7 – 8:45 PM
Thayer Public Library, Logan Auditorium, Upper Level, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184
They will be discussing how to help elect candidates in the November 5th municipal election who share their Democratic values. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. Details:

10/16/2019 Reception for Register of Deeds, Mary Olberding with Senate President Karen Spilka and Jay Gonzalez 
Wednesday, October 16, 5 – 6:30 PM
The Law Office of Hinckley Allen, 28 State Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
Please join Senate President Karen Spilka and Jay Gonzalez for a Reception in honor of Mary Olberding. Contributions: RSVP:

10/16/2019 Belmont DTC October Meeting
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 PM
Belmont Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Select Board Room, 455 Concord Ave. Belmont, MA
Refreshments at 6:30pm. Meeting at 7:00pm. Guest Speaker Rev. Vernon K. Walker from CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather). More info on CREW: Contact:

10/17/2019 Newton Ward 6 Councilor Debate
Thursday, October 17, 7 PM
Women’s Workshop, 72 Columbus St, Newton Highlands 02461
Councilors at-large candidates Vicki Danberg, Greg Schwartz  and Alicia Bowman will debate first, followed by Ward 3 councilor candidates Brenda Noel and Lisa Gordan. Contact:

*10/17/2019 Franklin 2050: The Climate Crisis – Hosted by the Franklin DTC*
Thursday, October 17, 7 – 9 PM
Elks Lodge, 1077 Pond Street, Franklin, MA. 02038.
Join the Franklin DTC for a free educational community-wide forum on the Climate Crisis and what you can do in Franklin. Speakers: Carolyn Barthel, Coordinator and Steering Team, 350 Massachusetts For A Better Future; Marjorie Decker, State Representative, 25th Middlesex District; Ted McIntyre, PhD, Board Member, Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN). Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Register here:

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. 

*10/20/2019 Brookline Dems Garden Party*
Sunday, October 20, 3 – 5 PM
Save the date, more details to follow!

10/20/2019 Ipswich DTC Beer and Pizza Party
Sunday, October 20, 4 – 7 PM
True North Ale Company, 116 County Rd, Ipswich, MA
Ipswich Democrats are having a beer and pizza party, with silent auction and music, to celebrate fall and come together to support the 2020 Presidential Campaign! Look for more details early October.
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 

11/09/2019 Progressive Mass All-Member Meeting: Making Massachusetts Progressive Again
Saturday, November 9, 11 AM – 4 PM
Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492
Save the Date! Join with other activists from across the state for the first Progressive Mass all-member meeting in several years. Together, they will reflect on successes, hear from legislators and organizers at the cutting edge of progressive policy in the Commonwealth, and map a path forward. The Congregational Church of Needham offers free parking. It is also a short walk from the Needham Center commuter rail stop and accessible via a 15-minute bus ride on the 56 from Newton Highlands MBTA stop.  Contact: Details and registration:

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

12/01/2019 Belmont DTC Jingle with Tingle Fundraiser
Sunday, December 1, 5 – 7 PM
Save the Date! Renowned comic, candidate and actor Jimmy Tingle, will perform at the BDTC’s first annual December fundraiser to benefit scholarships for Belmont High School seniors. Details to come. 

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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.