Democrats to caucus ahead of state convention

Saturday, February 10, 2018

With the Massachusetts Democratic Convention scheduled for June 1 and 2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, the Democratic committees in individual towns are preparing to hold caucuses later this month. The convention will decide on the party’s candidates for statewide office, including candidates for governor.

Youth, minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org. Below are some of the upcoming caucuses in Franklin County:

Shutesbury — Registered Democrats in Shutesbury will hold a caucus at Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. to elect three delegates and three alternates to send to the convention.

Immediately following the caucus in Shutesbury, Democrats will hold an annual meeting to elect officers and associate members, to identify members from whom the Selectboard will choose a member of the Board of Registrars, to identify Democrats interested in being appointed as election workers, and to set the action agenda for the year.

For additional information on the Shutesbury Democratic Committee, see www.shutesburydems.info or contact Penny Kim at pen2noho@msn.com.

Wendell — The Wendell Democratic Committee will be holding its caucus for the 2018 convention on Saturday, Feb. 17 , at 10 a.m. in the Town Office Meeting Room, at 9 Morse Village Road. The meeting is open to the public, and all registered Democrats are eligible to vote for Wendell’s one delegate and one alternate to the Convention. Contact: Dan Keller, Committee Chair, 978-544-2857

Colrain — Registered town Democrats will caucus on Feb. 24 at the Griswold Memorial Library, 12 Main Road, at 10 a.m. to elect one delegate, in addition to the Democratic Town Committee chairman, and one alternate for the convention

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in town. Pre-registered Democrats who turn 18 by Sept. 18, will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. For more information, contact Chairman David Greenberg at david.greenberg3@gmail.com.

Conway — Registered Democrats will be holding their annual caucus at the Conway Town Hall, at the corner of Route 116 and Academy Hill Road, on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. to elect two delegates and one alternate to the convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Conway. Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to nomination in writing and must be present at the caucus. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate and/or alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled. Details on the rules can be found at www.massdems.org.

For more information, please contact chair Thomas Lesser at 413-369-4446.

Rowe — Democrats will hold two consecutive short meetings on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at Rowe Town Hall to caucus for delegate and alternate for the convention in June, and then hold an annual Town Committee meeting.

State Rep. Paul Mark will respond to questions from those attending, and join discussions of local, state, and national issues. All are welcome to attend both meetings, regardless of political affiliation. Cider and doughnuts will be served.

Montague — A caucus will be held by registered Democrats in Montague to elect five delegates and four alternates to the upcoming convention.

The caucus will be held Thursday, March 1, at 7:15 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of Town Hall. It is open to all Democrats registered to vote in the town. Those who are registered may vote and/or run for one of the five openings available.

According to the Democratic Town Committee press release, delegates must be divided equally between men and women.

Candidates may make a one-minute statement to the meeting and may also distribute materials.

There will also be a brief meeting of the Democratic Town Committee before the caucus at 6:30 p.m. Any registered Democrat can attend but only committee members may vote. The committee will also elect new officers.

For more information about the convention or caucus, contact current Democratic Town Committee Chair Jay DiPucchio at 413-863-8656.

Orange — The Orange Democratic Town Committee will meet Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Workers Credit Union Community Room, 32 New Athol Road.

All Orange Democrats are invited to attend. “New members and fresh ideas are always welcome! Please attend and invite others.”

For more information on how to get involved please contact Chair Kim Marshall kim.orange.dtc@gmail.com.