Back in action
January meeting to hear from new state chair
The featured speaker will be the newly elected chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Gus Bickford. Bickford, who worked for John Kerry and Elizabeth Warren, is an expert in survey research and campaigns that reach specific groups of voters. He was elected to lead the party for the next four years.
Bickford has said that his highest priority is to prepare the party to take on Gov. Baker in 2018. “We begin now for 2018,” Bickford said after his election. Bickford, 53, was also involved in the “No on 2” campaign, which successfully defeated Question 2, a ballot initiative that sought to expand access to charter schools.
Looking forward locally
Also to be discussed at our monthly meeting will be our priorities for this off-year in the election cycle and preparing for our platform convention in Lowell on June 3.
Chairman Bickford’s focus on the gubernatorial race in 2018 is a good beginning, but we need to think and act locally. We are a local group. Our friends and neighbors know us and our example and actions are the best way to build Democracy (with a capital D).
At our meeting in January, we will set aside some time to strategize what we can do locally in 2017 to build a broad-based effort aimed at taking back the corner office in the state house and the White House in 2020.
Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day Jan. 14
On Saturday, Jan. 14, GDCC volunteers will be collecting tuna and other forms of protein for The Open Door food pantry. We’ll gather at Market Basket Gloucester Crossing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will be loading donations into Open Door trucks and are asked to sign up for two-hour shifts, with a maximum of seven volunteers per shift. Call or email Public Service Chair Bernadette Merenda to sign up.
In the spring we will select delegates and alternates to our June 3 platform convention in Lowell. The caucus window for 2017 is Feb. 4 to April 2. We will let you know the exact date once it has been set. In a platform committee year, the caucus is usually fairly quick. You must be registered as a Democrat prior to the caucus in order to participate.
The Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s public access television program, Democratic Dialogue, will air on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, January 6, at 4 p.m. and repeat on Sundays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. and Fridays at 4 p.m. throughout the month of January. Host Liz Murray will talk with Arthur Powell, a Democratic State Committee Member and author of the North Shore Democratic Update. Arthur will explain the structure of the Democratic Party, describe his activities as a State Committee member and point out some opportunities for citizens to become involved in the political process.
Videos of recent shows can be viewed at http://capeanntv.org/video/
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