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Election 2016: State Convention beckons

Gloucester Democrats from all wards will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at the ConventionShot - 1Gloucester House (Seven Seas Wharf) to elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention. The Convention will be held June 4 in Lowell.

Candidates to be delegates must be registered Democrats as of Jan. 31, 2016, within the Ward from which they are running as Delegates. State Committee requirements regarding non-discrimination and accessibility will be fully honored. The regular monthly meeting will follow these special elections later that evening.

Followed by our monthly meeting….

Presidential Primaries: Past and Present

Our next monthly meeting will be at the Gloucester House Thursday evening, Feb. 11. As usual, we’ll gather for friendly conversation at 7 p.m., immediately following the delegate caucus. The formal meeting will run from 7:30 to 9. Light refreshments will be served.

Super Tuesday is almost here! On March 1 voters in Massachusetts and ten other states will take part in presidential primaries and caucuses. We’ve invited representatives from the Clinton and Sanders campaigns to brief us on their candidates. In addition, Mike Wheeler — author of the classic Lies, Damn Lies, & Statistics: The Manipulation of Public Opinion in America—will discuss the use, misuse, and meaning of polls in present day politics. For many years Mike was public opinion commentator on WGBH’s Ten O’Clock News. He has also written on politics for the Atlantic Monthly and other national publications. This already has been an extraordinary campaign, especially on the Republican side, with some candidates’ popularity soaring briefly and then collapsing just as quickly. And now Michael Bloomberg is dropping hints about a possible third party run. Midst all of the turmoil, the good news is that public opinion on important foreign policy, economic, and social issues is strongly aligned with Democratic positions. As Mike will explain, the challenge—and opportunity—will be translating that support into electoral victory in November.

Paying your dues online

You can now pay your annual dues online. Click on the link below before you forget:


GDCC Election of Officers

At our March 10 meeting, the full roster of city and ward officers will be voted on. If you’re interested in serving in one of these positions, you are encouraged to contact Mike Wheeler (mw.negotiate@gmail.com).

 Be A Delegate To The Democratic National Convention

Democrats from around the country will gather in Philadelphia July 25-28 to nominate our candidate to be the next President of the USA. To learn how to be elected as a delegate from our District, go to www.massdems.org.

Monthly Newsletter

To download a copy of this month’s newsletter in PDF format click below.
February newsletter

Democratic Dialogue

Host Matt Murray will chat with Governor’s Council member Eileen Duff, who will explain the role of the Governor’s Council, why she chose to run for that office, and describe her experience running for an office that many voters have never heard of. Each week at 3 convenient times: Sundays 7 p.m., Thursdays 9:30 p.m., Fridays at 4 p.m. Comcast channel 12; videos of recent shows at http://capeanntv.org/video/

More dates for your calendar

  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 to 9 p.m.: Monthly meeting
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Massachusetts Presidential Primary
  • Thursday, March 10, 7 to 9 p.m.: Monthly meeting
  • All Monthly Meetings held at Gloucester House.