September 28, 2019/Dispatch

Happy Fall! Upcoming Elections & More.

Greetings from Patrick (& Kate)

Dear Democrats, 

As we begin the fall season, it’s time for Town & Ward committees to begin their reorganization for 2020! Nomination papers for positions on a Democratic Town or Ward Committee are now available, and should be submitted to City and Town Clerks by Friday, October 25th at 5:00 pm (The official due date is November 8th at 5:00 pm, but a week buffer will make sure your signatures/ papers are all in order!). The Secretary of State requires 5 signatures from registered Democrats within the same town or ward in order for a Democratic candidate or Democratic slate to appear on the March 3, 2020 presidential primary ballot. We recommend that Democratic candidates acquire more than 5 signatures to plan for any rejected signatures. 

For more information about the nomination process, the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s website has a 2020 elections brochure ( and nomination paper check-list ( that you can check out! Finally, if you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the MassDems Political Director, Nigel Simon at 617-939-0800 or

Have a wonderful weekend! 


Patrick Coyne 
Communications Manager, Massachusetts Democratic Party

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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 Springfield Ward 8 DCC Committee Monthly Meeting*
Saturday, September 28, 10 – 11:15 AM
117 Main St, Indian Orchard, Springfield
The Springfield Ward 8 Democrats monthly meeting will be held on a regular basis every 4th Saturday of the month. Details: 

*09/28/2019 Ayer Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Saturday, September 28, 11 AM – Noon 
Ayer Police Department, 54 Park St, Ayer, 01432
Become active in Ayer’s local and national politics with fellow local Democrats. All are welcome to attend. Please park at Aubuchon as space at the Police Department is limited. 

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 Nahant Meet and Greet with Senator Markey*
Saturday, September 28, 3 – 5 PM
RSVP for address
Join Senator Markey in Nahant to discuss environmental protection/conservation issues, especially those facing the Nahant community. RSVP: 
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 Fall Reception: Tim Cronin for Weymouth Councilor At-Large*
Saturday, September 28, 5:30 – 8 PM
Hearth And Kettle, 151 Main St, Weymouth, MA 02188
Join Tim Cronin for a fundraising reception in support of his candidacy for Weymouth Town Councilor At-Large. Cash bar and appetizers. Donations at door or online at: 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. 

*09/29/2019 Tewksbury DTC Unity Breakfast*
Sunday, September 29, 10 AM
Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 0187
Enjoy the TCC’s famous breakfast buffet and mingle with candidates and fellow Democrats from across the state. Tickets are For more information or to purchase tickets please contact a member of the Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee or email 
*09/29/2019 Greater Lowell for Lori: A Reception in Support of Rep. Trahan*
Sunday, September 29, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
The Old Court at 29 Central Street, Lowell
Please join Greater Lowell Area Leaders for a pre-game reception to support Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) Contact: Please make checks payable to “Lori Trahan for Congress Committee” or contribute online at 
*09/29/2019 Fitchburg for Lori: A Reception in Support of Rep. Trahan*
Sunday, September 29, 1 – 2:30 PM
Slattery’s Restaurant and Catering, 106 Lunenburg St, Route 2A, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
Please join the Host Committee of Mayor Stephen DiNatale, Representative Stephen Hay, Kim Ansin, and John Zarrella for a New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills watch party reception to support Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03). RSVP and details: Please make checks payable to “Lori Trahan for Congress Committee” or contribute online at 
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: 

*09/30/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting*
Monday, September 30, 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: 10/28, 11/18, 12/16. 

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. 
*10/01/2019 ROE Act Forum hosted by South Shore Democratic Caucus*
Tuesday, October 1, 7 – 8:30 PM
Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
Featured Speakers: Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad, Rep. Joan Meschino, and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Please join the South Shore Democratic Caucus for an informative discussion moderated by Dr. Amanda Metzger about the ROE Act which, if passed, would reform our state’s abortion laws, ensuring that anyone, regardless of age, income, or insurance, can access safe, legal abortion. Details: 
*10/02/2019 Moms Demand Action MA Advocacy Day*
Wednesday, October 2, 11 AM – 3 PM
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Join Moms Demand Action MA for Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House. They will be lobbying with legislators for Firearms Safety bills. Gathering in Room 437 starting at 11:00 am. Program begins at 11:30 am, then they will break into groups to visit with legislators to advocate for our bills. You will receive info on the bills ahead of time. RSVP here: 
*10/02/2019 Boston City Council At-Large Candidate Forum on the Environment*
Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 – 7 PM
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Come hear the at-large candidates answer questions and discuss their positions on critical energy and environmental issues facing Boston. Details: Tickets: 
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: 
*10/02/2019 Barnstable Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, October 2, 7 – 8:30 PM
Centerville Recreation Building , 524 Main St, Barnstable, 02632
Join the Barnstable Democratic Town Committee to discuss local, state, and national issues that relate to the Democratic Party. 
*10/02/2019 Lynn Councilor At Large Candidates Forum*
Wednesday, October 2, 7 – 9 PM
Masjid Alsalam (Mosque of Peace), 35 Lynnfield St, Lynn, MA
The Lynn Community Association, Inc. is once again holding forums for candidates for Lynn elections. They are co-organizing this event with the Islamic Society of the North Shore as part of their community outreach and education. Aside from the Islamic Society of the North Shore, this forum is made possible through the help of Lynn Community Television, their official media partner, and Christopher’s Cafe & Catering for providing some snacks. Please RSVP here as they have limited seats: 
*10/02/2019 Education Roundtable with State Senator Jason Lewis*
Wednesday, October 2, 7 – 8:30 PM
Stoneham Central Middle School Library, 101 Central St, Stoneham
Join Senator Jason Lewis, Co-Chair of the Education Committee, to learn more about the recently released Student Opportunity Act. Bring your questions and share your feedback. More info and RSVP: Emily Granoff, 
*10/03/2019 Meet Randolph School Committee Candidate Afrika Afeni Mills*
Thursday, October 3, 5 – 8 PM
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston South – Randolph, 60 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph, Massachusetts 02368
Drop in to hear about Afrika Afeni Mills’ vision for Randolph Public Schools and share your thoughts and ideas. Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to bring a friend or two! Details: 
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 Campaign Kickoff for State House candidate Deb Busser (1MI)*
Saturday, October 5, 2 PM
Spaulding Memorial School at 1 Whitcomb Street in Townsend
Join the Deb Busser for State Representative team to kickoff their campaign. Details: 
*10/05/2019 Launch and Birthday Party for Melissa Smith for State Representative, 4th Norfolk*
Saturday, October 5, 6 – 9 PM
Precinct 10, 110 Main Street, Weymouth, Massachusetts 02188
Wings, mac and cheese, and cake will be served. Cash bar. Donations accepted. Accessibility: The restaurant is located in a strip mall with ample parking and curb cuts. The party will be held in a side area of the restaurant. The path to that area is wide and flat. Restrooms are located on the same floor and are accessible. If there are any questions, please message their Facebook page. Details: You can also RSVP via Evite: 
*10/05/2019 Jimmy Tingle’s 2020 Vision Comedy meets Politics*
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: 
*10/06/2019 A Reelect Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern Party! With Special Guest Congresswoman Katherine Clark*
Sunday, October 6, 2 – 4 PM
Sonia, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Join Congresswoman, Katherine Clark, at a fundraiser to support Marc’s reelection! Enjoy Sonia’s ambiance and delicious Middle Eastern food and hear about Marc’s commitment to bold, compassionate leadership. All are welcome to attend regardless of ability to donate! Please click here to RSVP: 
*10/07/2019 New Bedford ALL City Dems Meeting*
Monday, October 7, 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. 

*10/08/2019 Wrentham Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Tuesday, October 8, 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: 11/5 and 12/10. Details: 
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. 
*10/09/2019 Momvocate Listening Party 2 for Yahaira Lopez for Randolph School Committee*
Wednesday, October 9, 6 – 8 PM
Not Your Average Joes (Randolph, MA), 14 Mazzeo Dr, Randolph, Massachusetts 02368
Join the Momvocate for a listening party to engage with School Committee Candidate Yahaira Lopez. They will have music, food and a listening session for the community. Details: 
*10/09/2019 Fall Campaign Reception for Chris Heffernan for Weymouth City Council*
Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cathay Center Restaurant, 203 Bridge St, North Weymouth, Massachusetts 02191
Join the Chris Heffernan for a Council Committee for a Fall Reception. Appetizers and a cash bar available. Details: 
*10/10/2019 Grafton DTC’s “Meet the Candidates” Wine and Cheese*
Thursday, October 10, 6 – 8 PM
39 Cortland Way, Grafton, MA 01519
Come meet Grafton’s candidates for the Select Board special election – Donna Stock and Lisa Rice – in a casual setting where candidates and voters can mingle, chat, and get to know each other. Not from Grafton? Come get to know some of Grafton’s politically active residents! Contact for more info. 
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: 
*10/12/2019 Marlborough Democratic City Committee Meeting*
Saturday, October 12, 9 AM
New Horizons 400 Hemenway Street Wayside Conference Room Marlborough, MA

*10/15/2019 Campaign Fundraiser for Anthony Gulluni for Hampden County District Attorney*
Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Red Rose Pizzeria, 1060 Main St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
Join Paul L. Mancinone, Daniel Keenan and Stefan & Bo Sjoberg as they host a campaign fundraiser for District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. Suggested donations: $100, $250, $500. Please make checks payable to “The Committee to Elect Anthony Gulluni” Details: 
*10/15/2019 Courtney Perdios for Quincy School Committee 40th Birthday/Campaign Fundraiser Bash*
Tuesday, October 15, 6 – 8 PM
Fox & Hound Wood Grill and Tavern, 123 Sea St, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
Join the campaign for their LAST fundraiser before the election, and come celebrate Courtney’s 40th birthday at the same time! Appetizers, cake, and cash bar. $25/adult, $10/child suggested donation. If you can’t come, but want to donate online, use this link: Details: 
*10/15/2019 Pepperell DTC Meeting*
Tuesday, October 15, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library, 15 Main St, Pepperell, MA 01463
Contact: Tom McGrath at 
*10/15/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting*
Tuesday, October 15, 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 . 

*10/15/2019 Medway Democratic Town Commitee Meeting*
Tuesday, October 15, 7 PM
T.C. Scoops, 104 Main St, Medway, MA 02053
At this meeting, the Medway DTC will elect their new chair, complete nomination paper for committee, Elect Alliance Rep, and discuss upcoming events. If you are interested in running for the chair or to be on the committee, but cannot attend the meeting, email Contact: 
*10/15/2019 Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, West Newbury Dem Committees Fundraiser*
Tuesday, October 15, 7 – 10 PM
Danner Barn, 163 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922
“Drinks & Desserts” Debate Watch Party and Fundraiser, sponsored by the “House 2nd Essex” Democratic Town Committees.  Requested donation of $20 per person.  Beer/wine/soda plus assorted desserts are included.  Proceeds will be divided equally among the six host DTCs.  For more information, see or contact Ken Thompson, or 978-502-2078.  Pay at the door, or in advance at 
*10/15/2019 Ward 1 Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters*
Tuesday, October 15, 7 – 8:30 PM
Salem Waterfront Hotel, 225 Derby St, Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Meet both candidates (Robert McCarthy and James Willis) and hear their views! Attendees can submit questions the night of the forum or in advance by email ( or by using the Google Form in the Discussion section of the event on facebook here: For more details on questions, refer to the Facebook event listing as well. 
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: 
*10/16/2019 Lynn Ward Councilors Candidates Forum*
Wednesday, October 16, 7 – 9 PM
First Lutheran Church of Lynn, 280 Broadway, Lynn
The Lynn Community Association, Inc. is once again holding forums for candidates for Lynn elections. They are co-organizing this event with the First Lutheran Church – Lynn, MA as part of their community outreach and education. Aside from the Islamic Society of the North Shore, this forum is made possible through the help of Lynn Community Television, their official media partner, and Christopher’s Cafe & Catering for providing some snacks. Please RSVP here as they have limited seats: 
*10/16/2019 Melrose Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 – 9 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W Emerson St, Melrose, Massachusetts 02176
Agenda to follow. Remaining 2019 monthly meetings: 11/20, and 12/18. Contact: Details: 
*10/16/2019 Mansfield Monthly Democratic Town Committee*
Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 – 9 PM
IBEW Union Hall, 900 South Main Street, Mansfield
Guest Speaker Michael Lake, representing the Campaign of Former Vice-President Joe Biden. For more information please visit their Facebook page or website: Contact: or Chair Deb Knight Snyder at 508-261-7189 
*10/17/2019 Next Generation with Dan Rizzo for Revere Mayor*
Thursday, October 17, 6 PM
Joseph L. Mottolo VFW Post 4524, 61 Lucia Ave, Revere, Massachusetts 02151
Join to talk about what is next for Revere. Pizza and beverages will be served. Details: 
*10/17/2019 Waltham Democratic City Committee Monthly Meeting*
Thursday, October 17, 7 – 9 PM
Clark Government Center Auditorium, 119 School Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Join the WDCC for their monthly meeting and get involved! Remaining 2019 meetings: 11/21 and 12/19. Contact: Details: 
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: 
*10/17/2019 Carlisle DTC Meeting*
Thursday, October 17, 7 PM
Gleason Library, 22 Bedford Rd, Carlisle, MA 01741
*10/17/2019 Wellesley Democratic Town Committee October Meeting*
Thursday, October 17, 7 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley
There will be a social hour starting at 7pm and then at 7:30pm the meeting will take place. At 8pm guest speaker Ismar Volić, Professor of Mathematics at Wellesley College, will talk about how political innumeracy is detrimental to democracy, and will include examples from voting theory, gerrymandering, cryptography, fairness and apportionment theory. Contact: 
*10/17/2019 Salem City Council Ward 4 Candidate Forum*
Thursday, October 17, 7 – 8:30 PM
Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, Salem, Massachusetts
Hosted by the League of Women Voters-Salem. Join them in the Witchcraft Heights cafetorium for the Ward 4 forum with candidates Tim Flynn and Michael Cusick. See the Discussion on the Facebook event for how to submit questions for the candidates: 
*10/19/2019 Grafton Democratic Town Committee Coffee Hour*
Saturday, October 19, 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. 
*10/19/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee*
Saturday, October 19, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Robert Isadore, Chairman 
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
37 Hyslop Road, Brookline
The Brookline Democratic Town Committee’s most sizzling social event of the year! Come hear from Brookline’s Democratic elected officials and candidates at the Home of State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg! Tickets are only $10.00 each (additional contributions always welcome!). For more info and to RSVP go to or send an e-mail to to let them know you want to attend! 
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. 
*10/20/2019 Kathleen Feldman for Beverly City Council Ward 5 Fun(d)raiser*
Sunday, October 20, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Old Planters Brewing Co, 232 Rantoul St, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
Join friends and neighbors from across Beverly in sampling the city’s newest brewery to help elect Kathleen Feldman to City Council Ward 5 in Beverly. $25 suggested donation includes food, fun, and Feldman for 5 swag. Cash bar. Donate in advance here: Details: 
*10/21/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Meeting*
Monday, October 21, 7 PM
Hibernian Hall, 105 Federal St., Lynn, MA 01905
All are welcome. For further information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or

*10/21/2019 Lowell DCC Meeting*
Monday, October 21, 7 PM
East End Club at 15 West Fourth Street
Contact: Judith Durant at 
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 – 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 

*10/27/2019 2019 Annual Agawam Democratic Committee Breakfast*
Sunday, October 27, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Oakridge Country Club, 850 S Westfield St, Feeding Hills, MA
Join the Agawam DTC for their 2019 breakfast event. Social hour at 9:30am. Suggested ticket prices: $30.00. Purchase here: Details: 
*10/28/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting*
Monday, October 28, 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: 11/18, 12/16. 

*11/03/2019 South Shore Dems of the Year 2019*
Sunday, November 3, 10:30 AM – 1 PM
South Shore Country Club, 274 South St, Hingham, MA
Please join the South Shore Democratic Caucus PAC for the 2019 Democrat of the Year Breakfast. They will be honoring the following activists for their commitment and contributions to our Democratic values and campaigns: Weymouth: Lee Godbout (in memoriam); Cohasset: Ashley Colleary; Duxbury: Mary Pat Dodge; Hingham: Meg Glazer; Hull: Christine Jauregui; Marshfield: Sean Costello; Norwell: Alison Demong; Scituate: Cynthia Medeiros. Tickets must be purchased in advance and they always sell out ahead of the event – no tickets at the door, sorry! Purchase here: Details: 
*11/09/2019 Progressive Mass All-Member Meeting: Making Massachusetts Progressive Again*
Saturday, November 9, 10:30 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.  

Submitting Events
Please send us your Democratic events. We want to publicize what you are doing. We usually go to press on Friday PM, so make sure you send your info no later than Thursday evening to get into that week’s issue. 
1) Use subject line “For the Dispatch” 
2) Put your event information in text format in the body of the email. Please include start time, end time (if any), location (with street address for GPS), event description (it’s good to mention food/drink/donations/RSVP), and a link to more info. 
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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.