June 28, 2021/Media, Press Releases

MassDems Announce 2021 Platform Committee Chairs

For Immediate Release:
Monday, June 28, 2021

Allison Mitchell
Communications Director

Massachusetts Democratic Party Announces 2021 Platform Committee Co-Chairs

Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Jay Gonzalez, and Shannon Liss-Riordan to lead platform hearings and serve as co-chairs of the committee dedicated to drafting the Party’s statement of shared values.
BOSTON — Today, the Chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Gus Bickford, is announcing that Sheriff Steve Tompkins, 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez, and nationally-recognized labor attorney and activist Shannon Liss-Riordan will co-chair the 2021 Platform Committee ahead of the Party’s convention this fall. Throughout the summer, Tompkins, Gonzalez, and Liss-Riordan will solicit input from Democratic voters and activists, leading the development of the 2021 Platform to be adopted by convention delegates on September 25th in Lowell.

“Our Party Platform is a statement of our shared values and ideals as Democrats, and the task of drafting a new platform every four years is a serious one,” said Chair Bickford.  “I know that Sheriff Tompkins, Jay Gonzalez, and Shannon Liss-Riordan will work to ensure that all voices are heard and reflected in the proposed platform to be voted on at the Convention, and I am grateful to them for taking on this important role.”

“Democrats from across the Commonwealth have the opportunity to make their mark on the foundation and the future of the Democratic Party for the next four years,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren.  “I know that Sheriff Tompkins, Jay, and Shannon are going to take this opportunity to dream big and ensure that this platform is bold and progressive as we continue the fight to level the playing field so we can build a Commonwealth and a country that works for everyone.”

“In Massachusetts, we don’t agonize, we organize. That organizing will be on full display as we write our platform at a time when incremental change is not going to be enough to address the many crises we face in this country,” said Senator Ed Markey.  “Sheriff Tompkins, Jay, and Shannon are the right leaders to develop the platform we will be able to hold up as a model for what other states should strive to build.”

“I was proud to co-chair the MassDems Platform Committee in 2017 when we put forward the most ambitious platform our Party has seen, and I am eager to bring that experience to this year’s process,” said Sheriff Steve Tompkins.  “The last four years have made clear that we need a strong Democratic Party, and that strength comes from the core beliefs found in our platform.”

“The Democratic Party is the Party that looks out for the little guy and our party platform must reflect that,” said Jay Gonzalez.  “The problems we face are too urgent and too consequential to continue with the status quo of nibbling around the edges.  We need to aim high to truly deliver the solutions that the moment requires.”

“The Democratic Party has long been the Party that fights for working people, the same people I have fought for my whole career,” said Shannon Liss-Riordan.  “I’m excited to lead the development of a new platform, one that will place front and center those communities we are leaving behind.”

Every four years, thousands of Democrats discuss and vote on an updated platform at the state convention, and offer testimony at the platform hearings and meetings that take place in the months prior. This year’s Platform Convention will take place on September 25, 2021 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Throughout the summer, the 2021 Platform Chairs and Committee will be soliciting testimony from Democrats about what they would like to see in the 2021 Party Platform.

Registered Massachusetts Democrats may submit written testimony, attend a MassDems Platform Hearing, or find or schedule a platform meeting with a local Democratic committee, community building group, or issue advocacy organization.