It’s time to put on our party hats—our Democratic Party hats, that is. Come join us for our fall Wine & Cheese Party to celebrate who we are and what we believe in.
When: Sunday Oct. 15, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: A private home with glorious views of sunsets over Magnolia Harbor. (Address will be sent with tickets.)
   Tickets: First ticket: $75, additional tickets: $60.
   Payment: By mail, send check to:
PO Box 111
Gloucester MA 01930
Or pay online at:
Funds raised will support GDCC efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates and principles.

Monthly meeting focuses
on municipal election candidates

Registered Democrats who are vying for local office in this year’s municipal elections have been invited to speak at this month’s meeting of the Committee on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Candidates will be given five minutes each to speak to the issues facing the voters of Gloucester and why they feel they are suited to lead the city as it confronts the challenges it faces in the next two years.
This year there are contested races for City Councilor at Large, School Committee and for Ward 2 Councilor. Here are the registered Democrats who are running:

Councilor at Large

Joe Ciolino: Joe has served on the for eight terms, two as Ward 1 Councilor and six as Councilor at Large. He is the current City Council president.
Melissa Cox: Melissa has been Ward 2 Councilor for three terms. She has been chair of the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and currently serves on the Planning and Development Committee. This is her first try at citywide election.
Jennifer Holmgren: Jennifer has been an active member of the GDCC and is a visiting nurse. She has served on a number of city advisory committees and is a corporator of the Sawyer Free Library.
Paul Lundberg: Paul is serving his third term on the Council and is currently chair of the Council’s Planning and Development Committee. He is principal at Great Western Partners, a transportation consulting firm.

School Committee

Melissa Joy Teixeira: Melissa has served on the School Committee since 2008. She currently represents Gloucester on the School Committee for the North Shore Regional Vocational Technical School.
Jonathan Pope: Jonathan has served on the School Committee since 1998. He is the board’s current chair.

Ward 2 City Councilor

Joe Giacalone: Joe is making his second try for a seat on the Council, having run unsuccessfully for Councilor at Large in 2015. He is the current chair of the city’s Downtown Development Commission. He works at Shaw’s Supermarket in Beverly.
Ken Hecht: Ken is the principal of Hecht Development and a current member of the city’s Planning Board. He has served on the city’s Housing Planning Committee

Ward 1 (unopposed)

Scott Memhard: Scott is completing his first term on the Council, where he chairs the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee. He is the president and general manager of Cape Pond Ice on Commercial Street.

Ward 4 (unopposed)

Val Gilman: Val is seeking her second term on the Council before being elected to represent Ward 4, she served on the School Committee for three terms, including terms as chair and vice-chair. She currently serves on the Council’s Planning and Development Committee.

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

Democratic Dialogue for October

The Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s public access television program, Democratic Dialogue, will air on Cape Ann TV, Ch. 12, on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. and repeat on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., Fridays at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. through the month of October. Host David Rhinelander will chat with Richard Sagall, M.D., president of NeedyMeds, about affordable health care.
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, Oct. 12, monthly meeting.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, municipal elections.

 Monthly Newsletter

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October newsletter

Paying your dues online

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