November 29, 2019/Dispatch

Happy Thanksgiving! Kate’s Holiday Party & More.

Dear Democrats,
Kate Donaghue here today in honor of the holidays and the long tradition of the Democratic Dispatch on Friday! Happy Thanksgiving weekend! We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying some delicious leftovers today.
With December only a few days away, we’re officially in the Holiday Season! What better way is there to get into the Holiday Season than by celebrating with your Democratic friends? The Dispatch current has holiday parties that are hosted by the Western MA Young Dems and these town and ward committees that we know of so far: Acton-Boxborough, Ashland, Bedford, Boston Ward 4, Bridgewater, Cambridge, Chatham, CIDC/Dennis, Harwich, Lawrence, Mansfield, Medway, Natick, Sudbury, Wayland, Westborough, Wilmington, and Worcester. There are also a variety of candidates and elected officials hosting parties as well, so be sure to check out the dispatch to see what parties are happening around you, and please send us any others that you’re hosting!
I’ll take advantage of my soapbox today and invite you to do the Westborough Dems Holiday Party, also known as Kate’s Holiday Party! This year it will be on December 8, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Red Heat in Westborough. The guest list is still information! So far the following are either confirmed or hoping to attend! Senator Ed Markey, Secretary William Galvin, Auditor Suzanne Bump, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representatives Caroline Dykema, and Danielle Gregoire. County officials from multiple counties usually attend; we’re currently expecting Joe Early Jr., Marian Ryan, Dennis McManus, and Katie Toomey. The details are in the calendar section – more information here. 
Democratically yours,
Kate Donaghue
Editor Emeritus


Sad News

It is with sadness that I share the news that Walter McGovern, father of Congressman Jim McGovern, passed away on Wednesday.  Walter was such a friendly, generous, thoughtful man. His passing leaves a hole in our Democratic world in the Second CD. Our condolences to his wife Mindy, Jim and Lisa, and the whole McGovern family. 


Ideas for Committees: Host a Holiday Party!

Many committees are holding holiday parties to bring together members, raise funds for their work, celebrate the efforts of activists, hear from elected officials, and strategize for 2020. If your committee isn’t already planning an end-of-year holiday party, considering holding one! A seasonal event like this is also a great opportunity to partner with neighboring committees to build connections and draw a larger crowd! If your committee is holding an event, be sure to send it into so we can promote it in the Dispatch!


Event details:

12/1/2019 3rd Annual Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, Mrs. Claus & Rep. Higgins
Sunday, December 1, 12 – 2 PM
Leominster Veterans’ Memorial Center, 100 West St, Leominster
Join State Representative Natalie Higgins for her Third Annual Cookies and Cocoa with Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus. This year, they’ll be collecting new and gently used children’s & YA books (ages 0 – 18) for Leominster families. Bring a new or gently used children’s book and get a printed photo with Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus. Details: 

12/1/2019 Bedford DTC Holiday Social
Sunday, December 1, 2 – 4 PM
Red Heat Tavern, 152 Great Rd, Bedford
Join the Bedford DTC for their Holiday Social. Appetizers will be provided. Contact: 

12/1/2019 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.   

12/1/2019 Acton DTC Meeting
Sunday, December 1, 6 PM
Spicepepper Garden, 36 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720
This is the combined November/December meeting for the Acton DTC. Representatives of the town and school communities will make fifteen minute presentations on the proposed North Acton Fire Station and the Douglas/Gates Twin School respectively. Contact: 

12/1/2019 Saugus Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Sunday, December 1, 6 PM
Saugus Public Safety Building, 27 Hamilton Avenue, Saugus
Join the Saugus DTC for their December meeting. Contact: 

12/2/2019 State Rep Jack Lewis’ Birthday Celebration
Monday, December 2, 6 – 8 PM
Springdale Beer Co.,102 Clinton St, Framingham
Celebrate Rep Jack Lewis’ birthday and support his campaign. There will be food, on tap Springdale Beer Co. brews, and birthday cake. This is a family-friendly event! Suggested donation: $25 – $50 – $100 – $250 – $500 – $1,000. Tickets: or mail checks to: Committee to Elect Jack Lewis, PO Box 373, Ashland, MA 01721. RSVP and details: 

12/2/2019 Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting/Holiday Party
Monday, December 2, 7 PM
WCTV, 10 Waltham St. Wilmington
Join the Wilmington DTC for their December meeting and holiday party. They encourage attendees to bring something to share (cookies/cake/apple cider etc.) and a toy for Toys For Tots. Contact them on Facebook at: 

*12/2/2019 Needham DTC Holiday Meeting *
Monday, December 2, 7:30 PM
Needham History Center & Museum, 1147 Central Ave, Needham
Join the Needham DTC with local officials and candidates for a holiday meeting. Contact: 

12/3/2019 A Conversation with Stacey Abrams
Tuesday, December 3, 6 PM
JFK Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Dorchester, 02125
Hear from Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House Democratic Leader and 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, about her distinguished career and her continued work on voting rights and social issues. RSVP here (free event): 

12/3/2019 Holiday Reception for Treasurer Deb Goldberg
Tuesday, December 3, 6 – 8 PM
Copley Room at Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Join Treasurer Goldberg for a Holiday Reception. Suggested donations: $50, $125, $250, $500, $1000. Donate online at or checks can be made to The Deb Goldberg Committee, PO Box 960907, Boston, MA 02196. RSVP and details: or 508-728-1510.  

12/3/2019 Support Voter Empowerment in Battleground States with Force Multiplier
Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 – 8 PM
Brookline – RSVP for Address
A Fundraiser for the Movement Voter Project’s Movement Engagement Fund with MVP Advisors Tony Mack and Tom Mendelsohn. Help support groups working on the ground in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. Tickets/RSVP: 

12/4/2019 Breakfast w/ Speaker DeLeo hosted by Rep. Cutler & Rep. LaNatra
Wednesday, December 4, 8:30 – 10 AM
Tiny & Sons Glass, 575 Washington St, Pembroke
Join Reps Cutler and LaNatra for a great networking opportunity with South Shore business leaders and special guest Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo. Coffee, conversation & a delicious breakfast catered by Fork in the Road catering. Plymouth County Treasurer Tom O’Brien will also be joining to provide an update from his perspective as CFO of the county. TICKETS ARE LIMITED, PLEASE RESERVE IN ADVANCE. More details and tickets: or here: 

*12/4/2019 Senate President Karen Spilka’s Annual Holiday Reception*
Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 – 7 PM
Start Line Brewing Co., 151R Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton
Join Senate President Karen Spilka for her Annual Holiday Reception at Start Line Brewing Co. in Hopkinton. All are welcome to attend! Suggested contribution: $25 • $50 • $100 For more information, please email Adam at 

12/4/2019 State Rep Dan Donahue’s Winter Cocktail Event
Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 – 8 PM
Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St, Worcester
Join State Rep Dan Donahue (16th Worcester District) for a winter cocktail reception. Suggested contributions: $50, $100, $200, $500. Donations: Details and RSVP: 

*12/4/2019 Holiday Reception for Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian*
Wednesday, December 4, 6 PM
Brewer’s Tap and Table, 256 Moody Street in Waltham
Join Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian for a holiday reception. Contact: Tsoleen Sarian at 508-561-3697 or Donate:  

12/4/2019 Mayor Martin Walsh’s 6th Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 4, 6 PM
Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave., Boston
Please join Mayor Martin J. Walsh & Lorrie Higgins for a fun filled evening of friends and holiday cheer at the Sixth Annual Holiday Cocktail Party. The Mayor & Ms. Higgins encourage attendees to bring a new of gently used winter coat for all ages to benefit the City of Boston’s Homeless Shelters. Suggested donation: $100, $200, $500, $1000. Contact: RSVP here: 

12/5/2019 Mayor Dan Rivera’s Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, December 5, 6 – 9 PM
The Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal Street, Lawrence
Music * Food * Fun* Cash Bar. Suggested contribution: $25 | $50 | $100 | Families $35 | Table $1,000. Donation may be made on-line at: or by sending a check, made payable to the Dan Rivera Committee to: The Committee to Elect Dan Rivera, P.O. Box 3135, Lawrence, MA 01842. To RSVP, please email 

12/5/2019 Medway Democratic Town Committee December Meeting
Thursday, December 5, 7 – 9 PM
T.C. Scoops, 104 Main Street, Medway Shopping Center, Route 109, Medway
Monthly meeting of the Medway DTC, note the unusual date and location. Contact: 

12/5/2019 Newton Democrats General Meeting
Thursday, December 5, 7 – 9 PM
72 Columbus Street, Newton Highlands
Candidates for MA’s 4th Congressional district will be speaking at this meeting. They will also take up a resolution to support the Newton Teachers Association’s campaign for a fair contract – a resolution that was unanimously passed by the Executive Committee of the Newton Dems earlier this month. Doors open at 7:00 pm for set up and the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Contact: 

12/6/2019 Ashland DTC Holiday Party
Friday, December 6, 5:30 – 8 PM
Leah Estate Clubhouse 12 Haven Way, Ashland
Join the Ashland DTC for their annual holiday party as they celebrate a year of hard work by local Democrats, and gear up for 2020. RSVP here: Please use this survey to tell them what you can bring: Details: 

*12.6.2019 Cambridge Democratic City Committee Holiday Party*
Friday, December 6, 6:30 – 9 PM
Cambridge Cohousing, 175 Richdale Avenue, near Porter Square
Please bring a favorite dish to share! We will have a kitchen available to us, so if you need to warm anything up, you can do so just before serving. We also need volunteers to help with setup and cleanup. 

12/7/2019 Chatham Democratic Town Committee Holiday Party
Saturday, December 7, AM
Join the Chatham DTC for their Holiday Party. RSVP for details: 

12/7/2019 Indivisible Conference 2019 – To 2020 and Beyond with Keynote Speaker Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
Saturday, December 7, 8:30 – 5 PM
Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St, Worcester
Join Indivisible MA for workshops, panels, and speakers, as well as opportunities for statewide networking with other activists. Cost $35, plus optional $10 lunch. More information: To volunteer: If your organization is interested in participating, let them know here: Purchase tickets here: 

12/7/2019 Plymouth Democratic Town Committee Coffee with Candidates for State Senator from Plymouth and Barnstable
Saturday, December 7, 10 AM
Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North St, Plymouth
Please join the PDTC and candidates for State Senate for Plymouth and Barnstable for a morning of coffee and conversation. This event is a great opportunity to get to know those running and find out where they stand on issues important to you! Details: 

12/7/2019 Harwich Democratic Town Committee Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 7, 1 – 4 PM
RSVP for Address
Please RSVP by December 1st to Elizabeth Harder at or call 508-NEW-VOTE. Parking is available at the house and also across the street. Please bring canned goods for the family pantry, a fun gift (< $10 Limit) for a yankee swap, and an appetizer or dessert. (Allergen warning, there will be 3 cats in the basement).  

12/8/2019 Westborough Democrats Holiday Party
Sunday, December 8, 12 – 4 PM
Red Heat Tavern of Westborough, 227 Turnpike Rd, Westborough
Join the Westborough Dems for an annual holiday party. Always a popular event. Details: 

*12/8/2019 Reception for State Senator Becca Rausch*
Sunday, December 8, 5 – 7 PM
The Lookout Tap Room at Belkin Farm, 89 Pleasant St, Natick, MA 01760
Join State Senator Becca Rausch as she and her supporters celebrate her first year in office. Purchase tickets online here: To donate by check, make checks payable to: The Committee to Elect Becca Rausch, P.O. BOX 920527, Needham, MA 02492. 

12/9/2019 Boston City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu’s Annual Holiday Party
Monday, December 9, 5:30 – 7 PM
Douzo Sushi, 131 Dartmouth St, Boston
Save the date to celebrate the Holidays with City Councilor Michelle Wu. Please RSVP by email to or to 617-334-5771. Make a donation here: 

12/9/2019 Worcester Democratic City Committee Annual Holiday Party & Meeting
Monday, December 9, 6 PM
Leo’s Ristorante, 11 Leo Turo Way, Worcester
A full buffet dinner will be served. Admission is an unwrapped toy or gift card that will be donated to the Friendly House for those who are able. All who share Democrats values are welcome, feel free to share the event. RSVP and details: 

Wednesday, December 11, AM


*12/11/2019 Orleans Democratic Town Committee Annual Chili Holiday Party*
Wednesday, December 11, 5 PM
RSVP for Address
All members and friends are invited to attend. Chair Robin Hubbard will provide the Chili and Cornbread. Attendees should BYOB and bring something for the general table (appetizers, salad or side dish, dessert). For more information and to RSVP contact Robin at or 508-237-2254. Rumor is that there will be a rank choice voting presidential straw poll. 

12/11/2019 Cambridge Representative Marjorie Decker Holiday Reception
Wednesday, December 11, 5:30 – 7 PM
The Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge
Register online at or make personal checks payable to: Friends of Marjorie Decker | PO Box 390431 | Cambridge, MA 02139. To RSVP or join the host committee, contact Kate Ramstad at (401) 545-0788 or  

*12/11/2019 December Holiday Fundraiser for Senator Nick Collins*
Wednesday, December 11, 6 – 8 PM
Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave., Boston
Join Senator Nick Collins for a Holiday Reception. Suggested contribution: $50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000. For more information, please email Adam at  

12/11/2019 Fmr Worcester County Sheriff Guy W. Glodis’ Annual Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 11, 6 – 9 PM
El Basha Restaurant, 256 Park Ave, Worcester
Join Guy Glodis for his annual Christmas party. There is no RSVP needed, and the event is free and open to the public. If anyone has any questions, they can call 508-479-4520. 

12/11/2019 Western Mass Young Dems Jingle and Mingle Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Wednesday, December 11, 6 PM
Taps Sports Bar, MGM Casino, One MGM Way, Springfield
Join WMYD for food, fun, and voter registration. Details: 

*12/11/2019 Beer and Politics on Tap with Rep Tami Gouveia*
Wednesday, December 11, 7 – 9 PM
Holy Grail Acton, 166 Great Road, Acton
Enjoy a beer while talking with Tami about how her work on Beacon Hill — from work towards more effective governance to bold climate policy and equitable investments in education, transportation, and healthcare. Details: To contribute make personal checks out to Committee to Elect Tami Gouveia, PO Box 2471, Acton MA 01720 or make secure online contribution at 

12/11/2019 Sudbury Democrats Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 11, 7 PM
The Historic Hosmer Home, 299 Old Sudbury Road, Sudbury
Join the Sudbury Democrats for their holiday party. RSVP and questions: 

*12/12/2019 Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George’s Birthday Celebration & End of 2019 Fundraising Reception *
Thursday, December 12, 6 – 9 PM
Polish American Citizens Club, 82 Boston Street, Dorchester
Join Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George in Dorchester for a birthday celebration/fundraising reception. Suggested contribution: $50 – $100 – $250 – $500 – $1,000. For more information, please email 

12/12/2019 Concord Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey
Thursday, December 12, 6 – 7 PM
RSVP for Address
Suggested Contributions $125 * $250 * $500 * $1,000. RSVP to To donate online: Checks can be made payable to the Maura Healey Committee and mailed to The Maura Healey Committee: P.O. Box 15, Boston, MA 02137.  

*12/12/2019 Emmanuel Dockter for State Representative’s December Campaign Reception*
Thursday, December 12, 6 – 8 PM
Hanover American Legion Post #149, 104 King Street, Hanover
Join Emmanuel Dockter, Democrat for State Representative for the 5th Plymouth District (Hanover, Norwell, Rockland) at his December Campaign Reception! For more information, please visit: 

*12/12/2019 Jimmy Coughlin for Norfolk County Sheriff’s Holiday Fundraising Reception*
Thursday, December 12, 6 – 8 PM
Victory Grille, 233 Elm Street, Dedham
Join Democrat for Norfolk County Sheriff Jimmy Coughlin at his Holiday Fundraising Reception on Thursday, December 12th. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please email 

12/12/2019 John Mahoney for State Senate Holiday Fundraiser
Thursday, December 12, 6 – 8 PM
Plymouth Yacht Club, 34 Union St, Plymouth
Join the John Mahoney for State Senate campaign at the Plymouth Yacht Club to celebrate the holidays and special election. Meet John and the team to discuss issues and campaign happenings. Suggested Donation: $20 – $50 – $100 – $200 – $500 Details: 

12/12/2019 Lawrence Democratic City Committee Quarterly Meeting/Holiday Party
Thursday, December 12, 6:30 – 8 PM
The back room of Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence
This quarterly meeting will double as the end of the year/holiday gathering. The event is open to the public. This year they will also be giving the Phyllis C. Tyler Lawrence Democrat of the Year award to a deserving local Democrat. Contact: Details: 

12/12/2019 2019 Bridgewater DTC Holiday Party
Thursday, December 12, 7 – 9 PM
VFW Post 2125, 40 Orange St, Bridgewater
Join the Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee for their Holiday Party! They will be serving pizza and salad at the event. RSVP by ordering your tickets now: Questions: or 508-944-0174. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee Memorial Scholarship Fund. Details: 

12/12/2019 Arlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 12, 7:15 PM
Function Room, Common Ground Arlington, 319 Broadway, Arlington, MA
All interested Democrats are cordially invited. For more information, visit or, or call Chair Aimee Coolidge at 781-646-5339 

*12/13/2019 MA-Worcester-National Gun Violence Vigil*
Friday, December 13, 6 PM
UMass Med School Rm S1-607 Lazare Conference Room, 55 Lake Ave N, Worcester, MA 55 Lake Ave N Worcester, MA 01655
Please join us as we honor all victims and survivors of gun violence with our community partners at UMass Medical School. We will hear from survivors, faith leaders, and local legislators. An outdoor candlelight vigil will follow the program in the Lazare Conference Room in the Medical School building. From the main entrance, go straight past the Office of Student Affairs, then take a right. You’ll find the Conference Room on the left, next to the Library. UMass Medical School has ample parking and is accessible via the WRTA’s bus routes 15, 16, 24, and 24A. 

12/13/2019 Mansfield Democratic Town Committee Annual Holiday Party
Friday, December 13, 7 – 10 PM
National Black Doll Museum of Heritage and Culture, 288 North Main Street, Mansfield
Holiday refreshments served. All Democrats warmly invited. For more information, visit their Facebook page or website:, send an email to or call Chair Deborah Knight Snyder at 508-261-7189. 

12/13/2019 Medway Democratic Town Committee Holiday Party
Friday, December 13, 7 – 10 PM
RSVP for address
RSVP: Please bring a donation for the food pantry, and/or something to share. Details: 

12/14/2019 Save the Date: Wayland Dems Annual Holiday Bash
Saturday, December 14, AM
Russells Greenery, 397 Boston Post Rd, Wayland
Save the date! Details and timing TBA. Contact: 

12/15/2019 Natick Democratic Town Committee Holiday Party
Sunday, December 15, 1 – 4 PM
81 Felch Road, Natick
Join the Natick DTC for a Holiday Party and learn about the many events they have planned for 2020. Contact: 

12/17/2019 Boston Ward 5 Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, December 17, AM
First Church of Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 02116
The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month from September through July. Contact: 

12/17/2019 Boston Ward 4 Dems Holiday Party 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 6 – 8 PM
Shun’s Kitchen, 520 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Join Ward 4 Dems members, friends, neighbors, and electeds to celebrate 2019 and get ready for 2020. They’ll be having a BYOD (bring your own dessert) competition. Stay tuned for possible special guests. Details: 

12/18/2019 Rep. Josh Cutler’s “Ho-Ho-Holiday Party”
Wednesday, December 18, 7 – 9 PM
Olde Hitching Post Restaurant, 48 Spring St, Hanson
Join State Rep Josh Cutler for his 2019 holiday party. Details: 

12/20/2019 Special Reception for MetroWest Organizing Corps 2020 with Senate President Karen Spilka
Friday, December 20, 5:30 – 7 PM
RSVP for address
Senate President Karen Spilka cordially invites you to a Special Reception on behalf of MetroWest Organizing Corps 2020. Special Guests: Governor Michael S. Dukakis and Founder of OC2020, Meg Ansara. Tickets and sponsorship levels: $50 Guest (Minimum for attendance), $100 Supporter, $250 Bronze Sponsor, $500 Silver Sponsor, $750 Gold Sponsor, and $1000+ Co-host (Introduced and listed on Invitation). Tickets: Contact: 

12/21/2019 CIDC/Dennis Democratic Town Committee Pot Luck Holiday Party
Saturday, December 21, 6 PM
The home of Kathy & John Ohman, 12 Thomas Court, Dennis, 02638
Please join the Cape & Islands Democratic Council and Dennis Democratic Town Committee at their Annual Pot Luck Holiday Party. 6:00 PM Appetizers/ 7:00 PM Dinner. RSVP with what you will bring to the event to Kathy,, 508 385-4141 

*1/6/2020 Needham DTC January Meeting*
Monday, January 6, 7:30 PM
Needham History Center & Museum, 1147 Central Ave, Needham
Join the Needham Democratic Town Committee for their January meeting. Featured Speaker: Michael Morrissey, Norfolk County DA. Contact 

1/7/2020 Wellesley DTC January Meeting
Tuesday, January 7, 7 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St, Wellesley
Speaker and Action TBA. Contact: 

1/12/2020 Acton-Boxborough Holiday Party and Meeting
Sunday, January 12, 4 PM
Red Raven Restaurant, 3 Nagog Park, Acton
Cash bar and suggested donation of $5 per person to help offset food costs. The party will be followed by the January monthly Acton DTC meeting. Contact: 

1/23/2020 Demystifying Healthcare Reform with the Wayland, Wellesley, and Natick DTCs
Thursday, January 23, 7 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St, Wellesley
Join the DTCs for a Discussion on Health Care with Alan B. Cohen, Sc.D. and Senator Becca Rausch. Details and RSVP: Note: this event was originally scheduled for November 20th, 2019. 

1/25/2020 2020 Plymouth County Democratic League Chair’s Breakfast
Saturday, January 25, 9 – 12 PM
Middleboro Elks Lodge 1274, 24 High St, Middleboro
Join the Plymouth County Democratic League to hear from guest speakers, strategize for 2020 & 2022, and discuss the road ahead. Full Buffet Breakfast Served, $25 per person. Details: 

2/3/2020 CD-4 Congressional Candidate Forum hosted by the Wellesley DTC
Monday, February 3, 7 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St, Wellesley
7pm Social Hour and Postcards; 7:30pm Business Meeting; 8pm Candidate Forum. Details and RSVP: