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: GDCC PO Box 111 Gloucester MA 01930
Or pay online at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/wineandcheese17
Funds raised will support GDCC efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates and principles.
Members hear of votes and voters
At our September meeting held at the Gloucester House speakers touched on a number of topics, but all were focused in some way on voters and voting.
Our chair, Karen Bell, shared the results of research she had been doing on local voting patterns. She noted that 62 percent of Gloucester voters are unenrolled and that many voters skip local elections entirely. She suggested that the GDCC might canvass door-to-door this year to raise awareness of the issues facing the voters in the municipal elections on Nov. 7.
- A number of committee members and registered Democrats are running this year. They include:
- City Council at Large: Paul Lundberg, Joe Ciolino, Melissa Cox, Jennifer Holmgren.
- City Council Ward 2: Joe Giacalone and Ken Hecht
- School Committee: Jonathan Pope and Melissa Teixeira.
- In addition, Ward 1 Councilor Scott Memhard and Ward 4 Councilor Val Gilman, who are running unopposed, are both Democrats.
Bell said that our goal will be to raise awareness of the election and Democratic values and try to ensure a good turnout
Former Chair Mike Wheeler reported on an event he had attended in Boston at which our Congressman, Seth Moulton, introduced a group of young Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives in 2018.
The slate of candidates, all of whom are veterans of one of the services, offer a real likelihood of unseating some entrenched Republicans and returning the people’s House back to the people, Wheeler said.
While many of the candidates are from other states, Wheeler noted that “we all have relatives and friends in those states and we should get on the phone” or the email client to make sure our friends and relatives are aware of these exciting candidates.
A complete list of the candidates and their websites can be found at this link:
Lastly, Laura Wiessen, vice president for Communications for Action Together Massachusetts and a leader of the local North Shore Action Together chapter, spoke on efforts by her group to educate and engage residents across the Commonwealth on local and statewide issues.
Voting is Action Together Massachusetts’ No. 1 priority this fall, especially registering and encouraging non-voters to register and vote. Action Together supports the Automatic Voter Registration bill that is now in the legislature and is working to ensure that Massachusetts joins 10 other states and the District of Columbia that allow automatic voter registration.
Democratic Dialogue for September
The Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s public access television program, Democratic Dialogue, will air on Cape Ann TV Ch. 12 on Friday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. Host Mike Wheeler will chat with Allison Gustavson of the group Indivisible and Laura Wiessen of Action Together about the growth of grassroots activism since the 2016 election. Democratic Dialogue repeats on Sundays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., and Fridays at 4 p.m.
For more information, call 978-283-2511, or visit CapeAnnTV.org.
Please put the following dates on your calendar for opportunities to get involved:
- Thursday, Oct. 12, monthly meeting.
- Tuesday, Nov. 7, municipal elections.
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Paying your dues online
You can now pay your annual dues online. Click on the link below before you forget: