September 6, 2019/Weekly Column

Happy September! Upcoming Convention & More

Greetings from Patrick (& Kate)

Dear Democrats,

As summer closes out and September begins, we have exciting times ahead of us! Next Thursday is the third round of presidential debates and the beginning of our state’s preliminary elections! Be sure to check with your town/city clerk to see when your preliminary election is and encourage your friends, family, and community members to vote as well!

And that’s not all that September has in store — the 2019 MassDems Convention is only one week away! With so many exciting speakers and breakout sessions, you won’t want to miss this one! You can still purchase guest passes here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019convguest.

If you’re a delegate or alternate and haven’t yet had the chance to pay your delegate fees, you can pay them here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/convention2019

Feel free to reach out to us at convention@massdems.org or 617-939-0800 if you have any questions about the convention!

Sincerely,

Patrick Coyne
Communications Manager, Massachusetts Democratic Party

P.S.

If you know of an event that’s not listed, reach out to us at events@massdems.org 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 events@massdems.org by Thursday at 5:00 pm so we can include in our Friday email.

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Event details:

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 bjimenez@madison-park.org. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/854399341604278/

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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/870256970000761/

*09/07/2019 Metheun Democrat Committee Fall Pancake Breakfast*
Saturday, September 7, 9 – 11 AM
Metheun Senior Center, 77 Lowell St, Metheun
They are inviting all Methuen candidates to come and speak about their campaigns in this local election. Tickets: $20 per person, $160 per table of 8. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2556776997708383/

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 rbm521@comcast.net.

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 rbm521@comcast.net

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2332835290145213/

*09/07/2019 Laura Wagner for Marlborough City Council, Ward 1 Campaign Kick off Party*
Saturday, September 7, 4 – 6 PM
30 Minehan Lane, Marlborough
The Committee to Elect Laura Wagner is hosting a Campaign Kickoff party.  Stop by, meet your neighbors and share your ideas to help make a stronger, more inclusive community. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2lxO3pK

*09/07/2019 Laura Wagner for Marlborough City Council, Ward 1 Campaign Kick off Party*
Saturday, September 7, 4 – 6 PM
30 Minehan Lane, Marlborough
The Committee to Elect Laura Wagner is hosting a Campaign Kickoff party.  Stop by, meet your neighbors and share your ideas to help make a stronger, more inclusive community. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2lxO3pK

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: http://bit.ly/2yamFBp

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: https://bit.ly/30yZCwk

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 ellenvalade@yahoo.com or Abby Reip at abbyreip@gmail.com. Details: http://bit.ly/2yb0Npc 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 Pen2noho@msn.com

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 chair@wellesleydems.org

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 http://www.jamesfiorentini.com/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/487700588715033/

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 Waylanddems@gmail.com.

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/722887531410982/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/894527954255398/

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 D9Forum@gmail.com (all questions will be pre-screened). Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/886934071687438/

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 tjdem@charter.net

*09/10/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting *
Tuesday, September 10, 7 PM
Barnet Gallery of the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly
or more information or to add items to the agenda, contact Chairman Jim Thompson at tactech@comcast.net or 978-618-5188. Newcomers are always welcome!

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: https://www.braintreedems.org/events

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/761063740913682/

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: MazzeoForMayor@gmail.com or 413-441-0893 Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/430853707640658/

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: KingstonDemocrats@gmail.com

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: longmeadowdems@gmail.com

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1282448451916342/

*09/11/2019 Hudson Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Wednesday, September 11, 7 – 8:30 PM
Avidia Bank Community Room, 17 Pope Street, Hudson (Park in the lot on Church Street.)
Speakers: State Senator Jamie Eldridge with a Legislative update and ways we can advocate for key Progressive issues and Christine Brown, a local activist. There will be a discussion about key races across the country and how to get involved. Please bring a food pantry donation. Details and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/889573588096678/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1338988389581513/

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 alison.bullrun@gmail.com or 978-425-4311. As seating is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible. Questions: ShirleyDTC@yahoo.com Details and RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/debate-watch-party-tickets-70350368847

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 info@elmaction.org. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/395572801093507/

*09/12/2019 Chicopee Democratic City Committee Municipal Meet and Greet*
Thursday, September 12, 6:30 – 8 PM
Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA 01013
Come meet Chicopee’s Municipal Candidates before the Preliminary- September 17, 2019. Children and families welcome, light refreshments will be served. This is FREE and OPEN to the public. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2241889822700069/ For more info: Meghan Balakier, CDCC Chair, meghan.balakier@gmail.com

*09/12/2019 Lawrence Dems Quarterly Meeting*
Thursday, September 12, 6:30 PM
Lawrence Public Library (Robert Frost room 3rd floor), 51 Lawrence St. Lawrence
Contact: gary.mannionjr@gmail.com

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: http://sudburydemocrats.org/

*09/12/2019 Arlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting/Debate Watch*
Thursday, September 12, 7 PM
Function Room, Common Ground Arlington, 319 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474
All interested Democrats are cordially invited. For more information, visit https://arlingtondems.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/adtcma or call Chair Aimee Coolidge at 781-646-5339.

*09/12/2019 Cape and Islands Democratic Council General Membership Meeting*
Thursday, September 12, 7 – 10 PM
CapeSpace, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA
There will be a quick update from President Sandra Milano and Guest Speaker Deborah Shah will speak on The Environmental Voter Project (EVP) and share ways to help their efforts. Please RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/393918371313761/ or http://cidc-strongertogether.nationbuilder.com/events

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 MassDems.org for details.

*09/15/2019 Door Knockin’ Cookout for Will Mbah’s Somerville City Council At-Large campaign – Hosted by Councilor Matt McLaughlin*
Sunday, September 15, 1 – 4 PM
50 Flint Street, Somerville, MA 02145
Join Ward 1 City Councilor Matt McLaughlin for a Door Knockin’ Cookout for Will Mbah, who is up for re-election this November. Come join them for some great food, conversations, and then getting out for some door knocking. RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/1084322041958266/ or email Will’s campaign manager Eli Fenichel at elifenichel@gmail.com to sign up.

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: https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/24605 Donate here: https://tinyurl.com/DonateMomsMAConcert

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: Rachael@JALSAImpact.org. Sponsor and ticket info: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2020jalsaimpact?refcode=32

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fight-like-a-mother-shannon-watts-book-talk-signing-tickets-70289522855

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/486832882100435/

*09/17/2019 Beverly Fundraiser for State Rep. Jerry Parisella*
Tuesday, September 17, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
A&B Burgers 206 Cabot St., Beverly
Join Rep Parisella for a fundraiser to support his re-election campaign. info@jerryparisella.com

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 katedonaghue@aol.com .

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: chair@wellesleydems.org

*09/17/2019 Dunstable DTC Meeting*
Tuesday, September 17, 7 PM
Dunstable Town Hall, Grange Room, 511 Main St, Dunstable, MA 01827
Contact: Brian Poitras at poitras2886@verizon.net

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2297648956998694/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/344608779762201/

*09/18/2019 Bellingham DTC “2020 Kick-Off”*
Wednesday, September 18, 6 – 9 PM
Pete’s Bluebird, 85 Mendon Rd. (Rte. 140), Bellingham
Kick-Off 2020 hosted by the Bellingham DTC. Hot and cold appetizers, cash bar. $20 at the door. All campaigns welcome to attend! For more info call Kevin at 978-549-2308.

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/360353731566549/

*09/18/2019 Women for Samantha Perlman for Marlborough City Council Reception*
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Scholars Restaurant, 25 Schools Street, Boston
Please join Samantha for an evening dedicated to the importance of women leaders and to support her run to be the youngest women elected to the Marlborough City Council. All are welcome. Details and tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/womenforperlman or email campaign@samanthaperlman.org. Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2386591491587558/

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, chair@BoxfordDems.org 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: billericademocrats@gmail.com

*09/18/2019 Melrose Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, September 18, 7:30 – 9 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W Emerson St, Melrose, Massachusetts 02176
Agenda to follow. Remaining 2019 monthly meetings: 10/1, 11/20, and 12/18. Contact: mail@MelroseDems.org Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/299273274056005/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/490674735066944/

*09/19/2019 Raise Up Massachusetts Progressive Revenue Workshop*
Thursday, September 19, 6 – 8:30 PM
Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall
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. For more information, contact Brookline Dems at bdtc@brooklinedems.org

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: http://falmouthdemocratictowncommittee.org/?page_id=14

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/361161401477603/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/450363565560064/

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1303639133123866/

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 abbelmore@hotmail.com

09/21/2019 Greater Lowell Area Dems Meeting
Saturday, September 21, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford
Contact: Christopher Jenkins at jenkins@gwmail.gwu.edu

09/21/2019 Greater Lowell Democrats Breakfast Meeting
Saturday, September 21, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Dr, Chelmsford
$7 requested donation per attendee to cover costs of room and breakfast. Any guest speakers and special programming will be announced closer to each meeting. Delegates, local committee chairs, and State Committee members from member communities are encouraged to attend. All interested local Dems are welcome.

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

*09/21/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee*
Saturday, September 21, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Robert Isadore, Chairman velore20@gmail.com

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: https://newtondems.org/ RSVP, Tickets, and event sponsor info here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019brunch

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

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: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mariarobinson

*09/24/2019 National Voter Registration Day with The Sterling Democratic Committee*
Tuesday, September 24, 10 AM – 2 PM
Quinsigamond Community College ( Fuller Student  Center), 670 West Boylston St, Worcester, MA
The Sterling Democratic Committee is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. Please join them in helping to register voters. This is a non-partisan event. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1300728036758180/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/489908521794335/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/385829978792414/

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: lexington.dtc@gmail.com

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/353503618880786/

*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: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/musicalley Please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/372568783672740/. Candidates are encouraged to attend and meet voters!

09/28/2019 Danvers Democratic Town Committee Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 28, 6 – 9 PM
The Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers
Come join the Danvers DTC for a festive evening with an international buffet and a theme of Celebrating Women in Politics to raise funds for their scholarship and activities. Statewide and local officials and candidates. Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple, payable to DDTC.  White will be the color of the evening as they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women being given the right to vote. For more information contact Marilyn Hazel at hazel_marilyn@yahoo.com or (978) 590-1473. Tickets available at the door or online here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/danversdems

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/414722162457659/ 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: GrotonDTC@gmail.com
https://www.grotondemocrats.com/
https://www.facebook.com/GrotonDemocraticTownCommittee

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/683540535595757/

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 sharonstout3@gmail.com or 617-955-9881. Details: https://www.mwpc.org/mwpc-gala

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: http://bit.ly/325LfQC

*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: https://www.facebook.com/events/367378207527628/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/440297296555890/

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/2433377630045718/ 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. http://ipswichdemocrats.org/

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 carolefiola@aol.com. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/753756508415147/

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 alfredricko@comcast.net

11/13/2019 DSC Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 6 PM
Location: Eighth Congressional District.
Watch https://massdems.org/ 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.
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.
3) Send to events@massdems.org

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.

OVERVIEW AND NOTES
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.