Everything you wanted to know about Eastie Primary (March 3) Elections

On the March 3, 2020 ballot, there are 4 elections you can vote in. Be prepared for all 4 so you can be a well-informed and fully engaged citizen.

  1. Presidential – you know all about that
  2. State Committee Man: The Democratic State Committee in Massachusetts has one man from every state senate district (Ours would be the same as Senator Boncore’s). Term: 4 years
  3. State Committee Woman: The Democratic State Committee in Massachusetts has one woman from every state senate district. Term: 4 years
  4. Democratic Ward Committee: This is for East Boston. Term: 4 years
  1. What does the state committee do?
    • promote the aims of the party
    • work in cooperation with the national committee and town and ward committees
    • organize and work for the nomination and election of party candidates
  2. What does the ward committee do?
    • grassroots organizing
      • What does this mean? For example, if you and many of your neighbors felt addressing traffic congestion is a one of the top priorities in Eastie, then the Eastie Dems (let’s call the Ward Committee that — sounds friendlier) should know that, recognize that, and act accordingly in their decisions and campaigns.
    • conducting caucuses in order to elect delegates to represent the ward at party conventions (These delegates then vote to endorse candidates)
      • For instance, in Markey vs Kennedy for the US senate seat nomination, the delegates will decide in the state convention.
  3. Do we have a ward committee?
  4. Why don’t I know about it?
    • The answer depends on your level of connectedness to local politics and the ward committee’s commitment to outreach
  5. How do I decide who would be a good ward committee member?
    1. Think about these questions:
      • Who is likely to reach out to you so you can attend any ward committee meeting and caucus you may be interested in?
      • Who is interested in representing the people’s voice?
      • Who values transparency, inclusiveness, diversity, and civic engagement?
      • Who gives you the confidence that the ward committee’s priorities will reflect the community’s priorities?
  6. Can I select an entire group?
    • Yes. Just fill in the oval next to “Group X” That’s all you have to do.

GROUP 2

How can I find out about the people in Group 2?

  • Here is a list provided by the group
  • In addition, you can of course do your own research

GROUP 1

How can I find out about the people in Group 1?

  • Here is a list provided by the group
  • In addition, you can of course do your own research

Author: Kannan

Urban farmer, ecology enthusiast, community organizer, sustainability educator, climate resiliency consultant.

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