August 30, 2019/Dispatch

Happy Labor Day! Events & More

Greetings from Patrick (& Kate)

Dear Democrats,

In this week’s edition of the Dispatch, there are multiple candidate forums for races across the Commonwealth–these forums are a great way to both support Democratic candidates and learn more about the candidates running!

Take a look through the Dispatch and see if the candidates in your area are attending a forum. If you know of an event that we missed, send it to No forums happening near you? Consider organizing one yourself!

It’s incredible to think that the 2019 Convention is only two weeks away. We look forward to seeing you all there! If would like to attend, please purchase a guest pass today:


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.

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
The Massachusetts Democratic Party will be partnering with me on issuing the Democratic Dispatch. It is our hope that the first issue that is sent out by them will be the June 28th issue. Towards that end please keep the following in mind:
– Please send information to This is the best way to get your events listed.
– If you have a mailing list that you use for events, please include on your mailing list. As time permit we will look for appropriate events to include.
– I will continue to look at my facebook invitations and my personal email for events to include, but I anticipate having less time to do this in the future.
– Please do not use Matt’s personal email address for events (
NOTE: If you want your event listed on the MassDems calendar as well, you pretty much need to include an end time for your event. IF you want an event in the Dispatch, but not the MassDems, please say so. Thanks for your patience with this transition.

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Event details:

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

*09/07/2019 State Senator Anne Gobi’s 5th Annual Chicken BBQ*
Saturday, September 7, 1 PM
South Barre Rod and Gun Club, 2626 Barre Rd. Hardwick
There will be musical entertainment, the firing of a cannon and the most delicious chicken anywhere along with the opportunity to visit with local and state officials and maybe a candidate or two! Donation/tickets are $20 payable by check to the Gobi Committee.

*09/07/2019 Manikka Bowman School Committee Campaign Kickoff*
Saturday, September 7, 2:30 – 4 PM
La Fábrica Central Restaurant, 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Join Manikka Bowman as she kicks off her re-election campaign this fall. Details:

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 Working Cities Pittsfield Candidate Mixer*
Monday, September 9, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Join in a community conversation with candidates for: Pittsfield Mayor, City Council, City Clerk, and School Committee. Meet face-to-face with city candidates and share your ideas, questions, and concerns. All Pittsfield residents are welcome. Dinner provided. Childcare & Transportation assistance available. The Athenaeum Auditorium is accessible from Bartlett Ave. They plan to do a Facebook live for a large portion of the event. Details:

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 Fundraiser for Scott Graves For Pittsfield Mayor*
Tuesday, September 10, 5 – 9 PM
The Proprietor’s Lodge – Lakefront Events, Dining & Venue, 22 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Come and support Scott Graves for Mayor. $25 donation. Appetizers. Live Music. Details:

*09/10/2019 Allston Brighton District 9 City Council Forum*
Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 – 8 PM
Saint Joseph Prep Boston, 617 Cambridge St, Boston, Massachusetts 02134
Meet the candidates and hear their plans for our neighborhood and City! The forum will be moderated by Crystal Haynes from Boston 25 News and will be live-streamed via the Allston Brighton CDC Facebook page. They will be accepting questions to be included as part of the discussion, please submit your questions to (all questions will be pre-screened). 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 Polenta, Chicken and Sausage Dinner for Melissa Mazzeo for Mayor of Pittsfield*
Wednesday, September 11, 6 – 9 PM
Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road, Pittsfield
Tickets are $25. RSVP to: or 413-441-0893 Details:

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:

*09/11/2019 Braintree Candidates Night – Mayoral Primary*
Wednesday, September 11, 7 – 9 PM
Braintree Town Hall1 JFK Memorial Dr, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
Braintree Candidates Night focusing on Mayoral Primary Race. Sponsored by the Former Members of the Braintree League of Women Voters. Moderated by John Dennehy. Details:

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 Debate Watch Party with Indivisible Nashoba, Rep Jen Benson, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, and area DTCs *
Thursday, September 12, 6 – 10:30 PM
The Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley MA
The debate begins at 8 PM. Prior to the debate, from 6-8 PM folks will be eating dinner at the restaurant (reservations recommended) and from 7-8 PM the “socializing hour” will be held upstairs. Once upstairs, there will be a limited menu and drinks–a selection of beer and wine–with full service. Unfortunately, the upstairs is not wheelchair accessible. For assistance in accessing these rooms, please contact the innkeeper, Alison Tocci, at or 978-425-4311. As seating is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible. Questions: Details and RSVP:

*09/12/2019 Boston City Council D9 Candidate Forum on Energy and Environment*
Thursday, September 12, 6 – 8 PM
Brighton Allston Congregational UCC, 404 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02135
Join the ELM, Sierra Club, 350 Mass, and Boston Park Advocates for our Boston District 9 Candidate Forum on Energy and the Environment! Come hear candidates answer questions and discuss ideas and positions on critical environmental issues in the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods and beyond. If you have a question you would like to submit for the candidates, tweet it using #Boston9EnviroForum, or email it to 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.

*09/15/2019 Benefit Concert to #EndGunViolence with Mom’s Demand Action MA and Lexington Says #Enough*
Sunday, September 15, 3 – 4:30 PM
First Parish Church in Lexington, Massachusetts, 7 Harrington Rd, Lexington, Massachusetts 02421
An afternoon of music and solidarity as part of The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Suggested donation $20 for adults. Featuring: String quartet, clarinet, and vocalist performing works of Mozart, Schumann, and Dvorak. Donation not required for admission. All proceeds benefit Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. RSVP/Details: Donate here:

*09/16/2019 2020 JALSA Impact Launch with Congressman Joe Kennedy III*
Monday, September 16, 5 – 7 PM
Office of David Belluck, 699 Boylston St, 14th Floor, Boston
Join JALSA Impact,which engages the progressive Jewish community of Massachusetts in electoral politics, for their 2020 launch with guest speaker Congressman Joe Kennedy III. They will be joined by Bend the Arc: Jewish Action CEO Stosh Cotler, JALSA Impact President Larry Bailis, and JALSA Impact Executive Director Cindy Rowe. Contact: Sponsor and ticket info:

*09/16/2019 Fight Like a Mother: Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action, Book Talk & Signing*
Monday, September 16, 6 – 7:30 PM
More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkley Street Boston,
Meet Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and author of Fight Like a Mother. Ticket proceeds support More Than Words, empowering system involved youth through job training and mentorship. Set your own ticket price and receive a copy of the book when you give over $26. Details and tickets:

*09/16/2019 Lowell Democratic City Committee General Meeting*
Monday, September 16, 7 – 8:30 PM
East End Social Club of Lowell Inc., 15 W 4th St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01850
Agenda to follow. Details:

*09/17/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting with Guest Speaker Rep. Danielle Gregoire*
Tuesday, September 17, 7 PM
Tatnuck Booksellers, 18 Lyman St. Westborough
Special guest: State Representative Danielle Gregoire.
Monthly meeting of Westborough Democratic Town Committee. Contact .

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 Pittsfield Coffee Hour with Alex Morse for MA-1*
Wednesday, September 18, 5 – 6 PM
Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North St, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Come meet Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and learn more about his campaign for Congress. Alex will be enjoying some coffee, getting to know voters, and talking about his vision for the 1st Congressional district. He will also be happy to answer questions. Details:

*09/18/2019 Re-elect Persip Pittsfield Councilor At-Large Kickoff*
Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Lenco Armored Vehicles, 10 Betnr Industrial Dr, Pittsfield, MA
Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments as you tour the manufacturing facility. Suggested Donation: $25 Details:

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

*09/18/2019 Boston District 8 City Councilor Candidate Forum*
Wednesday, September 18, 6 – 8 PM
Tobin Community Center 1481 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts 02120
Hear from the candidates running for District 8 City Council. Voting is Tuesday, September 24th! Candidate Meet & Greet: 6:00pm-6:30pm. Forum: 6:30pm-8:00pm. Endorsement meeting for Ward 10 Democratic Committee Members only will immediately follow the forum. Details:

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:

*09/19/2019 Momvocate Listening Party (Kickoff Listening Town Tour) hosted by Yahaira Lopez for Randolph School Committee*
Thursday, September 19, 6 – 8 PM
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston South – Randolph, 60 Mazzeo Dr, Randolph, Massachusetts 02368
Join a listening party to engage with School Committee Candidate Yahaira Lopez. They will have music, food and a listening session for our community. This event has been created to listen to you and to give you an opportunity to get to know Yahaira.

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 City Council Preliminary Candidate Forum with Solidarity Lowell*
Thursday, September 19, 7 – 8:30 PM
50 Kearney Sq, Lowell, MA 01852-1902, United States
Join Solidarity Lowell for our City Council Candidate Forum. Meet the candidates, hear their positions on key issues affecting Lowell today and in the future. Location: Assembly Room, Middlesex Community College Federal Building, on Merrimack St. 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.

*09/20/2019 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.

*09/22/2019 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 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:

*09/25/2019 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:

09/26/2019 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 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 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.

*10/03/2019 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, 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.

10/20/2019 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

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

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.
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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.