Help Elect Christine Barber State Representative

Dear PDSers,

 

As I write this there are only 4 weeks left until the Massachusetts Primary Election Day on September 9. Less than a month. SO MUCH to do!

 

Our own Christine Barber is the PDS endorsed candidate to fill the State Representative Seat in the 34th Middlesex district left vacant by Carl Sciortino. Christine is working so hard every day knocking on voter’s doors and raising the money needed to run a good campaign.

 

Christine needs YOUR help.

 

You can sign up on line here:

http://goo.gl/a1EC6L

 

You know what we need.

 

People to canvass door to door is our biggest need.

 

Our Campaign office is at 78A Cameron Avenue, Somerville 02144 and we are open 7 days a week. Any day or night you can canvass we can send you out to canvass. We have so many voters to reach and so little time. If walking is not your thing bring your cell phone and we can set you up with a list of voters to call.

 

With Election Day so close we have to get ready for GOTV. Again, you know what we need. We need Precinct Captains, we need Canvassers, phone bankers, poll checkers, sign holders. On Monday night 9/8 we need people to do door hangers. We could use a couple of people to coordinate and distribute food for volunteers.

 

Please Sign Up and Help Christine win this election.

 

 

You can sign up on line here:

http://goo.gl/a1EC6L

 

If you absolutely have zero time to help, then please donate so the campaign can have enough to run an effective winning campaign. https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/christinebarber

 

As always we are counting on you to make this happen. Thank you for all you do.

Christine Barber Endorsed in 34 MI State Rep Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2014

Contact:
Katie Wallace, Chair
katherine.m.wallace@gmail.com
617-461-4605

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CANDIDATE IN 2014 34th MIDDLESEX STATE REP ELECTION

Somerville, MA. Members of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) have voted to endorse Christine Barber in her primary race for the House seat formerly held by Carl Sciortino.

PDS members voted to endorse Christine Barber because of her progressive values, her greater experience working on policy and legislative issues, including experience working on the State's health care law, and her long-time activism on behalf of progressive issues and candidates

Democratic voters will elect the Democratic Candidate for the 34th Middlesex seat in a primary election on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

In the lead-up to the endorsement balloting, PDS co-sponsored a well-attended candidates forum (moderated by Former Representative Sciortino) on June 29, and invited all candidates to respond to our endorsement questionnaire, which covered a wide range of statewide and local issues, including, for example, education, health care, housing, taxes, energy, climate change, expansion of the Green Line, the Mystic River watershed, etc. Links to both a videotape of the candidates forum and to candidates' responses to the endorsement questionnaire are available on our PDS website at http://www.pdsomerville.org/node/260

34th Middlesex State Representative Candidate Endorsement Process

34th Middlesex State Representative Candidate Endorsement Process

 

Earlier this year State Representative Carl Sciortino left the State House to become Executive Director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts creating an open seat for the 34th Middlesex (MI) district which includes Somerville Ward 4 and Ward 7 and Medford (Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 7: Precinct 1, and Ward 8: Precinct 2) 

 

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) formed a coalition of local grassroots organizations with our colleagues at Medford for MA (MfM) and Cambridge-Somerville for Change (CSfC) (Progressive Massachusetts Affiliates) to organize a forum on June 29, 2014 where members of the public could hear directly from the candidates for office.  The forum was filmed and posted in several parts divided by topic.  You can

view the Candidate Forum video online. 

 

The three organizations also prepared a questionnaire asking the candidates’ views on the important issues facing the district and the state.

 

Candidates were invited to seek the endorsement of our organizations.  We invite our members to vote on their endorsement.  The link to the online ballot will be sent to members via email.  You can use the answers to the questionnaires and the video of the forum to help you make your decision about who to endorse.

 

Four Democrats are running for this seat in the Primary on September 9.  An independent candidate will be on the ballot on November 4 along with the winner of the Democratic Primary.  There are no Republicans running for the seat.  All candidates were invited to participate.  Two candidates submitted questionnaires and attended the forum.

 

 Christine Barber: Questionnaire, seeking endorsement

 

 Sharon Guzik: Questionnaire, seeking endorsement

 

 

 Erin DiBenedetto: Did not participate

 Craig Rourke: Did not participate

 

 

 

TEN OF TWELVE CANDIDATES ENDORSED BY PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE WIN 2013 ELECTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 8, 2013

Contact:

Christine Barber, Endorsements Co-Chair

christinepbarber@gmail.com

781-234-5510

TEN OF TWELVE CANDIDATES ENDORSED BY PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE WIN 2013 ELECTION
Somerville, MA. Six of eight of candidates endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) ran successful campaigns in contested races and will take office in 2014. Three of those candidates -- Matt McLaughlin in Ward 1, Mark Niedergang in Ward 5, and Katjana Ballantyne in Ward 7 -- won first-time election in contested races for seats on the Board of Aldermen. Two candidates -- Steven Roix in Ward 1 and Dan Futrell in Ward 2 -- won first-time election in contested races for School Committee. Bill White, a long-time At-Large Aldermen easily won re-election.

Another four candidates endorsed by PDS ran unopposed for seats on the Board of Aldermen (Rebekah Gewirtz in Ward 6) and School Committee (Adam Sweeting in Ward 3, Paul Bockelman in Ward 6, and first-time candidate Carrie Normand in Ward 7).

Another PDS-endorsed candidate, Suzanne Bremer in Ward 3, lost by less than 80 votes, despite being heavily outspent by winner Bob McWatters.

In the run-up to the election season, PDS asked candidates to submit responses to detailed questionnaires and held three well-attended candidates' forums for School Committee, Ward Alderman, and At-Large Aldermen, after which members voted on-line for or against endorsement.

Forum attendees and members of PDS -- whose motto is Democracy Demands Participation -- include both experienced and first-time campaign volunteers. The unprecedented number of open seats in this year's election was an especially important factor in sparking the interest and participation of many folks who were new to local politics.

Going forward, PDS members look forward to working with this new crop of legislators, and helping them achieve the goals and effect the changes they described in their responses to the PDS questionnaires. Interested readers can find the candidates’ responses in their entirety on the PDS website (http://www.pdsomerville.org/). We especially encourage Somerville residents to visit our website and join the PDS community.

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CANDIDATES IN 2013 ALDERMAN AT-LARGE ELECTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2013

Contact:
Katie Wallace, Chair
Christine Barber, Endorsements Co-Chair
christinepbarber@gmail.com
781-234-5510

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CANDIDATES IN 2013 ALDERMAN AT-LARGE ELECTION

Two candidates endorsed. Long-time incumbent Alderman Bill White endorsed for reelection. Challenger Sean Fitzgerald also endorsed.

Somerville, MA. Members of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) have endorsed two candidates in the upcoming Alderman At-Large election this fall.

PDS members voted to endorse Alderman Bill White, a long-time member of the Board of Alderman, for his continued work to ensure Somerville has smart development that means good jobs for residents. Bill has also worked to make the city more open and accountable to its citizens through informational alerts and public hearings.

Sean Fitzgerald, who narrowly came in fifth in the 2011 At-Large election, received the strong endorsement of PDS members. Sean, former staff for Mayor Dorothy Kelly Gay, was endorsed based on his commitments to greater affordable housing options and opportunities for young people in Somerville.

Voters will choose four At-Large Alderman candidates in the general election on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. PDS invited all At-Large Alderman candidates to respond to our endorsement questionnaire, which included questions regarding commercial and residential development, climate change, jobs, affordability, and government transparency and accountability, among other topics. Candidates’ responses are available in their entirety on the PDS website (http://www.pdsomerville.org/node/248). Candidates that submitted questionnaires were invited to attend a PDS candidate endorsement forum on Monday, October 7, attended by more than 40 people.

Results are coming soon

We will announce the results of our AAL endorsements as soon as we have reached all the candidates and informed them first. Stay tuned....

Time to Vote: Alderman at Large Endorsements

Thank you to those of you who turned out to our 2013 Alderman At Large (AAL) Candidate Forum on Monday evening. Despite many conflicting events we had a pretty full house. We also had presentations on several ballot questions for 2014 including Raise Up Massachusetts.

Members have now received a link to the on-line ballot via email. Results will be announced on Wednesday October 16.

2013 Alderman At Large Candidate Forum

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 6:30pm
Mon, 10/07/2013 - 8:30pm
Kesher Center
13 Garden Court
Somerville, MA 02143
see map: Google Maps

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville is holding a forum for Candidates for Alderman At Large for the 2013 municipal elections to be followed by an on-line endorsement process.

Join us at our Candidate Forum on Monday October 7 at 6:30 pm at the Kesher Center. (see directions below.)

Read the responses to our questionnaire at:
http://www.pdsomerville.org/node/248

The Forum will take place on Monday October 7 at 6:30 pm at the Kesher Center at 13 Garden Court, which is adjacent to Conway Park on Somerville Ave. The best approach is through Bleachery Court (as if you were going to the park or hockey rink). Drive to the back right corner of the parking area, where you will see the “Kesher” sign on the white door. The Forum will take place on the second floor (there is an elevator). (Note that Kesher's mailing address on Kent St. is not the best entrance.)

2013 Alderman At Large Candidate Questionnaire Responses and Forum

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville is holding a forum for Candidates for Alderman At Large for the 2013 municipal elections to be followed by an on-line endorsement process. The list of Candidates includes links to the responses of those candidates that have sought our endorsement by responding to our questionnaire.
(Please note that if the linked pages don't load the first time you click, just refresh the browser page.)


Join us at our Candidate Forum on Monday October 7 at 6:30 pm at the Kesher Center. (see directions below.)

The PDS Candidate Forum provides an opportunity for the candidates to speak and to answer your questions. Refreshments will be served.

Carol Dempkowski: [Responses];.......[ Website]

Sean Fitzgerald: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]

Dennis Sullivan: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]

William White: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]


Jack Connolly, William Medeiros and Mary Jo Rosetti are also running for Alderman At Large but did not submit responses to our questionnaire.


The Forum will take place on Monday October 7 at 6:30 pm at the Kesher Center at 13 Garden Court, which is adjacent to Conway Park on Somerville Ave. The best approach is through Bleachery Court (as if you were going to the park or hockey rink). Drive to the back right corner of the parking area, where you will see the “Kesher” sign on the white door. The Forum will take place on the second floor (there is an elevator). (Note that Kesher's mailing address on Kent St. is not the best entrance.)