Moulton’s district director to speak
at GDCC’s monthly meeting in February

Our guest at this month’s GDCC monthly meeting on Feb. 8 will be Rick Jakious, district

Rick Jakious

director for U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton. Rick will provide an update on Congressman Moulton’s recent official and political efforts and answer any questions from the committee.

As district director,  Rick is focused on making sure that government works for the constituents of the Sixth District and finding ways to combine the strengths of government, nonprofit and business to improve people’s lives.

Previously, Rick was the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, representing the interests of thousands of small- to medium-sized nonprofit organizations in the Commonwealth. He worked to pass first-in-the-nation legislation to provide high quality, affordable retirement options for nonprofit workers by leveraging the state’s existing retirement infrastructure at no additional cost to taxpayers. He was tapped by Governor Deval Patrick to join the board of the Massachusetts Health Connector in order to help execute a turnaround of the failing health exchange and protect health insurance for thousands of Massachusetts residents.

Rick is an active volunteer with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, RAW Art Works, Boy Scouts of America and the Beyond Walls public arts initiative. He is an alumnus of the Boston-based Americorps program City Year. He lives in Swampscott with his wife Rachel, a middle school math teacher, and two boys, Phineas and Atticus.

Meetings are held at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St. A social hour begins at 7 p.m. and the meeting proper begins at 7:30.

Please tell us how you want to help

Democrats win in November

The response to our survey of activist Democrats has been heartening so far, but we’d still like to hear from more of you before the survey ends.
Gloucester Democratic City Committee (GDCC) is reaching out to all Cape Ann Democrats to get feedback from you about how we all can be more effective in working for the common good. Please open the link to our online survey at http://bit.ly/2qB5Tuf and let us know about specific ways you can help the GDCC over the coming year.  Your issues and concerns matter!   The survey is only nine questions and takes only a few minutes to complete.
Make your voice heard! Your input will help us frame and execute Campaign 2018 here on Cape Ann. This year we have a chance to make a difference in local, state, and national political races. The GDCC and Town Committees in Essex, Manchester and Rockport will be organizing a campaign headquarters in the fall.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you at our next meeting on Feb. 8 at the Gloucester House Restaurant. The Gloucester caucus to select delegates to the state convention in June will take place at 6 p.m. just before the meeting.

Gloucester to elect delegates on Feb. 8
to 2018 Democratic State Convention

Registered Democrats in Gloucester will hold a caucus on Feb. 8 to elect delegates and alternates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. The caucuses will be held at 6 p.m. at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St.
   The caucuses will be held in advance of the Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s  regular monthly meeting which will follow immediately afterwards.

This year’s state convention will be held on June 1 and 2 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office including US senator, governor, lieutenant governor and the state’s constitutional officers.
The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Gloucester. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 18 by Sept. 18, 2018, may participate as delegates or alternates. Delegates and alternates will be chosen to represent each of the city’s five wards.
Add-on delegate positions are also available for youth, minorities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected. Persons seeking to be an add-on delegate may apply at the caucuses or at the state party website: www.massdems.org.
Those interested in becoming members of the Gloucester Democratic City Committee should contact Karen Bell, chair  or the committee website www.gloucesterdemocrats.org.

For more information on becoming a delegate, follow this link to the Mass. Democratic Party website: https://massdems.org/convention/2018-convention


Errol and Yvonne Smikle and John Rosenthal at January’s meeting of the GDCC

Opioid crisis is topic at monthly meeting

The Opioid Crisis was the topic at our January meeting. John Rosenthal of Gloucester a founder of the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI), which began here in Gloucester, spoke to about 42 members of the committee. He traced the origins of the current opioid crisis to the invention and aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies of opioids like OxyContin and OxyCodone. The easy availability of these drugs which were and continue to be widely overprescribed, has initiated opioid dependency for many people. When that addiction becomes too expensive (pills often go for $80 each on the street), users turn to heroin. The current practice of lacing heroin with the deadly anesthetic Fentanyl has resulted in a huge spike in the number of overdose deaths in Massachusetts and across the nation. He noted that having police become a point of contact for users seeking to break the habit was key to breaking the cycle of addiction. He noted that “people have a tendency to say yes to the police,” and that police were often able to place a person in treatment when other agencies failed.

Also addressing the committee was Dr. Yvonne Smikle, who has recently established a practice treating people with various additions in Gloucester. Trained in family medicine, Dr. Smikle said she became involved in treating addictions while working at a clinic in Lynn. She subsequently joined Middlesex Recovery, a practice devoted to addiction treatment. She said her practice uses many approaches including medical treatment, including Suboxone and Vivitrol. She said she and her husband, Errol, who manages the practice, moved to Gloucester in 2016 to establish their practice. Having visited Gloucester for many years. She said she and her husband had always hoped to establish a practice to serve the community in which they lived. The office is located at 67 Prospect St. and is accepting referrals.


Democratic Dialogue for February

The Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s public access television program, Democratic Dialogue, will air on Cape Ann TV, Ch. 12, on Friday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. and repeat on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., Fridays at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. throughout the month.
Host Karen Bell will talk with guests John Rosenthal, of Gloucester a founder of the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI), which began here in Gloucester, and has helped find recovery and treatment options. In its first year PAARI found help for more than 500 people struggling with addictions.

To view archives of the program, click here.

For more information, call 978-283-2511, or visit CapeAnnTV.org.

Looking forward

Please put the following dates on your calendar for opportunities to get involved:

  • Thursday, Feb. 8. Monthly meeting at the Gloucester House, 63 Rogers St.
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, delegate selection caucuses for the state convention in June.

 Monthly Newsletter

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January newsletter

Paying your dues online

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