Medford Dems endorse Ed Markey for Senate

The Medford Democratic City Committee recently voted to enthusiastically endorse Senator Ed Markey for a new term.

Senator Markey’s record of supporting issues that impact families of Medford and nearby communities has led to this endorsement. Below are just a few things that matter to so many Medford residents:

  • Housing – Markey has a track record of fighting for affordable housing – from his 2007 amendment to ensure that low-income residents in Malden were not displaced by expiring affordable housing requirements to the January, 2020 announcement that HUD had awarded grants totaling than $3.5 million to public housing agencies in Massachusetts
  • Education – Markey was the first in his family to attend college and knows the importance of quality educational opportunities for everyone. Amongst many actions, Markey wrote “The ABC’s of PCBs” report, exposing the existence of harmful chemicals in the building materials of many schools around the country. In 1996, he led on bringing broadband technology to schools and libraries across the country. Markey has supported the Head Start Program for years – ensuring comprehensive education, health, nutrition and other services are available to low-income families. The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts has endorsed Markey, praising him for his advocacy on the behalf of students, teachers, and families across the state.
  • Climate – Markey is a longtime advocate in the fight against climate change. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. In 2009, he co-sponsored the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy & Security Act, aiming to cut global emissions by 17% through 2020 and up to 80% by 2050. He is currently Chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force and in February, 2019 co-sponsored the Green New Deal with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Equality – Markey’s support of our immigrant, minority, and LGBTI neighbors is long and well documented. He has long worked on behalf of the Dreamers, seeking a pathway to citizenship for them. In support of refugees, he introduced the GRACE Act and is actively working to address the growing refugee crisis related to global warming and climate change. In support of LGBTI community, he authored the GLOBE Act – broad legislation that could put the US in the lead, in the protection of LGBTI rights.
  • Economy – Markey has made it a cornerstone of his work, to help identify and develop opportunities for the citizens of Medford, Massachusetts, and the nation. Industries targeted for opportunities by the Senator include high tech, medical, clean energy and more. He’s a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship as well as the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and works tirelessly in the pursuit of job creation.

For the above reasons, plus his continued advocacy on issues that impact all of us like child care, the opioid crisis, immigrants’ rights, net neutrality and consumer protection, the Medford Democratic City Committee stands in support of Senator Ed Markey and his pursuit of another term in the Senate. To learn more about Senator Markey’s campaign or to get involved, please visit http://www.edmarkey.com.

Statement and Position of the Medford Democratic City Committee on recent racial tension

Black Lives Matter

The Medford Democratic City Committee is a group of dedicated residents who work on a volunteer basis to support Democratic candidates, help register voters, and spread Democratic values at local, state and national levels, on priorities and goals identified respectively. We believe the Democratic Party has long stood for equity among all races and we are recommitting ourselves to do more in the fight to fix systemic prejudice and racism within our communities. Complicity is everywhere because our social systems fail to provide basic protections for people of color.

We are heartbroken with the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, and Breanna Taylor, just to name a few, and we strongly condemn all these senseless killings. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and all people of color in denouncing violence and hate.

Action starts at the local level and that includes political action; that is where everyone can help fix this negative environment. Your vote is one of the most powerful and important tools to effectuate the changes we have been waiting for too long.

If you are not yet registered to vote, we implore you to do so online. Please visit https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ to register. The Medford Democratic City Committee is always open to all interested Democrats. We, as a committee look forward to working with everyone in the community to create a better environment in which individuals and businesses in every corner of our city, people of every race and every political affiliation, can thrive.

Stay safe!

The Medford Democratic City & Ward Committees

Medford Dems welcome new officers

Thursday night, members of the Medford Democratic City Committee elected new officers for the 2020-2024 term, via a public Zoom meeting. Outgoing Chairman Paul Donato and Co-Chair Nancy White thanked the participants of the meeting for their past support as well as for their commitment to continuing the work that Donato & White had overseen. In addition, the members of the committee all expressed their gratitude for the hard work that Chairman Donato and Co-Chair White had done for the
party & the city the last several years.

The hour-long meeting included the introduction of candidates for the offices of Chairman, Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Affirmative Action Officer. Where multiple candidates had expressed interest for an office, each were given time to introduce themselves and explain how they would help lead the committee in the next four years. Attendees broke off into individual Ward-based breakout sessions to vote on the office of Chairman. Once everyone returned to the main meeting the votes were tallied.

The newly elected officers are:
Chairman – Mr. Henry Milorin
Co-Chair – Ms. Nicole Morell
Treasurer – Mr. Bruce Kulik
Secretary – Ms. Anne Haggerty
Affirmative Action Officer – Ms. Anita Tucker

Newly elected Chairman Milorin thanked everyone for their participation and expressed his vision for moving the Democratic City Committee forward. Co-Chair Morrell also thanked the attendees and provided insight into how she sees the City Committee developing and helping members of the Medford community.

The Medford Democratic City Committee meeting is always open to all members and interested Democrats. All meetings, set times and locations will be posted publicly to social media, websites, community news sources, etc., to provide an opportunity for Democrats looking to get involved.

Election of citywide officers

Date:     Thursday May 14, 2020
Time:     7:00  p.m.
Where:  Virtual Meeting. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you a few days before the election. (If you are not a current member of a Medford Democratic ward committee and would like to attend, please email nanciedenise@aol.com.)

We are seeking candidates for the Medford Democratic Citywide  Committee for 2020-2024. The offices are:

  • Chairperson
  • Co-chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Affirmative Action Officer

The roles and responsibilities of each office are described in the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Chairs’ Manual.

Any eligible member interested in being nominated may submit his/her name and the specific office to Nancy White’s email address nanciedenise@aol.com before midnight May 7th, 2020. 

Note: The position of Co-Chairperson is to be the opposite sex of the Chairperson.  If there are no candidates for a specific office submitted by May 7, nominations will be taken from the floor during the May 14th meeting.

Eligibility to vote and run for office: Only duly elected or appointed ward committee members as of the individual ward’s re-organization meeting held during the month of April 2020 are eligible to vote or be nominated.

For more information about ward and city committee reorganization, see the Digital Reorganization Toolkit from the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Presidential Primary Election 2020

The 2020 Presidential Primary Election will take place Tuesday, March 3. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm.

Where do I vote? (This will also get you access to a sample ballot.)

In addition, early voting will be available, as described on the Medford website:

Early voting will take place in the Howard F. Alden Chambers, Medford City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA 02155, on the following dates and times:

Monday, February 24
8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25
8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26
8:30 a.m. — 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 27
8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 28
8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m

Note: The Medford Democratic Caucus taking place on March 7 is not related to the Presidential election.

Medford Democratic caucus – March 7

DATE:   MARCH 7, 2020
PLACE:   MEDFORD CITY HALL, ALDEN CHAMBERS
START TIME:  10:00 A.M.

Registration opens at 9.30 a.m. 

This caucus is to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention taking place in Lowell on May 30.

Only registered and preregistered Democratic voters shall be allowed to vote in the caucus.

Pre-registered Democrats must be 16 years old by May 11, 2019, must be pre-registered by the time of the Caucus, and must provide proof of their pre-registration. 

Any person not shown on the Democratic registration list must either provide proof of Democratic Party registration (or pre-registration) or register (or pre-register) prior to the close of the caucus registration period.

Caucus registration shall open at 9:30 and will remain open until all persons presenting themselves by 10:15 a.m. have registered.

Note: This caucus is not related to the presidential election. Here’s information about the presidential primary election.

Together for Medford Breakfast

Citizen of Medford,

The Medford Democratic City and Ward-6 Committees cordially invite you, friends, neighbors, candidates and elected officials (past and present) to join us for a special breakfast gathering at Carroll’s Restaurant, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 10:00am. We are confident that you will make an extra effort to join us for our first ”Together For Medford Breakfast.”  It will be a great opportunity to interact with Medford stakeholders from every neighborhood of the City.

We strongly believe that we must keep the City moving in the right direction. The event is an opportunity to rally our citizen to demonstrate our love for Medford.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Donation is $20.00 at the door (cash only).  

It is a great opportunity to interact with other fellow Medford citizen in addition of elected officials.

Please RSVP no later than 12/29/2019, so we can provide the restaurant with a total head count.

RSVP at 781-483-3455 or email us at ward6.medford@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Paul Donato
Medford Democratic City Committee, Co-Chair

Nancy White
Medford Democratic City Committee, Co-Chair

Henry Milorin
Ward-6 Medford Democratic Committee, Chair
Medford Democratic City Committee, Affirmative Action Officer

Bruce Kulik
Ward-6 Medford Democratic Committee, Vice-Chair
Medford Democratic City Committee, Treasurer

Christopher D’Aveta
Ward-6 Medford Democratic Committee, Treasurer 

Vote today, November 5

Municipal elections in Medford take place today, Tuesday, November 5. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. If you’re not sure where to vote, take a look at WhereDoIVoteMA.com.

There is a useful non-partisan guide to the candidates at MedfordVotes.org.

A sample ballot is available on the City of Medford website.

The re-election campaign of Mayor Stephanie Burke is offering rides to the polls for anyone who needs them. Contact the campaign at 978-996-0019.

Preliminary election Sep. 17

The preliminary election for Medford will be held Tuesday, Sep. 17. Polls will be open 7am to 8pm.

The purpose of this election is to narrow the field of City Council candidates.

Find out where to vote.

An independent website called MedfordVotes.org has posted information about the candidates, including questionnaire responses. MedfordVotes.org is not affiliated with the Medford Democratic City or Ward Committees.