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What the heck is a ward committee?

I managed to get a hold of Jonathan Cohn, the chair of Boston Ward 4, clearly the most active ward committee in Boston. Check out Ward 4! Also learn about the Massachusetts State Democratic Committee, aka Mass Dems.

If you don’t know what ward you belong to check out WhereDoIVoteMA.com

Listen to Jon talk about Ward Committees.

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