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.

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 

Medford Candidates Night Forums

The Medford Democratic City Committee and Medford Ward 6 Democratic Committee will sponsor three Candidates Forum events over two nights. The dates are:

October 17, 2019:
Mayoral Candidates 7:00–8:00 p.m.
School Committee Candidates 8:30—9:30 p.m.

October 24, 2019:
City Council Candidates 7:00–9:00 p.m.

The events will take place at Medford City Hall in the Howard Alden Memorial Chambers on the 2nd Floor.

The event is free to the public. All the Medford candidates have been invited.

The purpose of these forums is to give each candidate an opportunity to address policy issues vital to our city’s future. These issues involve a range of crucial issues that include community planning, land use, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, streets and drainage, parks and playgrounds, economic development, school construction and maintenance, historic preservation, cultural enhancements, and public health, safety and zoning. We would like to know their respective priorities with respect to issues involving the environment, transportation, housing, and growth. And what actions will they take in these areas to enhance the quality of life for the people of our city.

The moderator for the forums is Henry Milorin, who is the Chair of the Ward 6 committee.

The public is invited to attend these informational events to see and hear the candidates running in the general election on November 5.

Medford Democratic Caucus May 11

Date: May 11, 2019
Place: Medford City Hall, 85 George Hassett Drive
Registration begins at: 9:30 a.m.
Caucus begins at: 10:00  a.m.

The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates to the Democratic Issues Convention to be held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield on September 14, 2019. All registered and pre-registered Medford Democrats are eligible to participate.

Attending the caucus, whether to run as a delegate or to participate in delegate selection, is a great way to learn more about the Democratic Party. Here are the full details about how delegates are selected.

City Committee meeting Oct. 24

AdamHurtubise_400x400The Medford Democratic City Committee will meet Wednesday, October 24, at 7pm, in room 201 (Richard E. Lee room) at Medford City Hall.

The guest speaker will be newly-appointed Medford City Clerk Adam Hurtubise. He will speak on early voting. Massachusetts is holding an early voting period ahead of the general election in November. Adam will explain Medford’s Early Voting Program.