GDCC presence at Sidewalk Bazaar


Mark Warhol at the GDCC booth



Liz Murray, left, and Bernadette Merenda prepare campaign materials.

Ward 1 Chair Bernadette Merenda headed up GDCC efforts at Gloucester’s Sidewalk Bazaar, Aug.  7, 8,and 9. Gloucester Democrats engaged our community in conversations about democratic values, our great candidates running for office, voter registration, and of course increasing our membership.

Hi ho! Hi ho! It’s off to school we go!

Service project will fill backpacks with supplies for Gloucester students

Sheila Lummis writes: Actually we are not off to school. The children of Gloucester will be off to school in September. Their parents are required now to purchase all their children’s school supplies; e.g., pencils, pens, three ring binders, writing pads and a back pack. This puts yet one more financial burden on many families. A year ago an eight-year old Gloucester student, Bailee, recognized this problem among her school mates. She set up a lemonade stand outside her home and began selling lemonade. She wanted to use the proceeds to help out her fellow students who came to school without the required supplies. Bailee and her mother came to Action, Inc., Gloucester’s full social service agency, and asked them for its help in organizing the project. The organization took on the project late in the game and so it had to scramble to fill about a hundred packs by school’s opening.This year Action would like to at least double that number. I went to Action early this summer to find a program of theirs that the GDCC could support. They suggested we help them double the number of “Bailey’s Back Packs”. Here is how we help. August 18th is the projected “bagging” day. We will need two to three people for four two-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We will work with the Action staff to complete the project that day. Action will be responsible for distribution. Those of you who cannot be present that day but wish to support the project can contribute to help defray the cost of the school supplies and the back packs. Just go to Bailee’s Back Packs via the web site www.gofundme.com. A third possibility to participate is “hanging out” at Action’s booth at the Side walk bazaar August 8 and 9 (Friday and Saturday). We will be there as GDCC supporters of BBPs wearing GDCC identification. To recap here are three ways you can participate. 1. Sign up for the “bagging” day Aug. 18 for one of the shifts (9-11, 11-1, 1-3, 3-5). 2. Consider contributing through www.gofundme.com. Any amount will be very much appreciated. 3. Let me know if you think you can hang out at Action’s booth either morning or afternoon. I look forward to working with you on the GDCC’s second Public Service Project of 2014!

GDCC Wine and Cheese Party September 12

Save the date. Mark your calendar! Better yet, buy your ticket now.

The Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser will be on Friday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Over the past few years this has become the best party around. By popular demand we will be holding it at the same private home overlooking gorgeous Magnolia Harbor where he had it last year. Great indoor and outdoor spaces and a great chance to socialize with your fellow Democrats as we gear up for the Fall elections.

Let’s put the “party” back in “Democratic”, again.

Tickets are $75 for the first ticket and $65 for each additional ticket.

Click here to buy tickets online: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/wineandcheese14

or mail your check to:

GDCC, PO box 111, Gloucester, MA 01931

Democratic Dialog


Democratic Dialogue For August

 Gloucester Democratic City Committee Chair Mike Wheeler will talk with Regina Villa about her many years of experience in political campaigns.

 Democratic Dialogue will air on Cape Ann TV, Channel 12, on Friday August 8, at 4 p.m. and repeat on Sundays, at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. and Fridays at 4 p.m.

For more information, call 978-281-3566

 The program may also be viewed on-line at http://capeanntv.org/video. You can view archived Democratic Dialogues as well. So…if you have missed a show, this is a great resource.

A Rousing Success!!! 

Gloucester Democrats Annual Brunch Cape Ann Democrats Go for the Gold


SONY DSCCandidates for the Democratic Nomination for Governor Steve Grossman (top) and Martha Coakley (right) were among a large number of Democratic candidates and office holders who spoke at the Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s Annual Brunch on Sunday May 4, 2014 at The Tavern on the Harbor in Gloucester.

More than 150 attended the festive event to hear Democratic party hopefuls make their pitches for support at the upcoming state convention in June and in the September primary elections.

Click here for more pictures of the event