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.)

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CARL SCIORTINO IN 5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CARL SCIORTINO IN 5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2013

Contact:
Katie Wallace, Chair
Katherine.M.Wallace@gmail.com
617-461-4605

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CARL SCIORTINO IN 5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Somerville, MA. Members of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) have unanimously endorsed State Representative Carl Sciortino in the 5th Congressional District’s Special Election to fill the seat left vacant when Edward Markey was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Candidates must receive 66% of the votes cast to receive endorsement and in this crowded primary field Carl Sciortino received 100% of all votes cast.

Ballots included space for voters to say why they voted for their chosen candidate. A sample of responses include:

“Carl is a progressive champion. He is totally committed to the issues I care about most and he will go to Washington and fight for those issues. We will never have to wonder about his loyalty to the progressive cause. He will be leading the way!”

“Honest, energetic a very good record as a State Rep. Carl has a great career ahead of him this is a wonderful opportunity for him to continue using his talent for the benefit of our community.”

“Progressive, articulate, passionate, effective in Mass Legislature. Very responsive, very accessible.”


Chairperson Katie Wallace said “Carl has been a member of PDS since its founding in 2003 and we are proud to endorse him now for Congress just as we were when he announced to us in a meeting in 2004 that he was planning to challenge a 16 year incumbent for State Representative. It is not surprising that he received our endorsement, we know him well, we have worked with him for 10 years and we know what he can accomplish against any odds. He is the true progressive candidate in this race. Carl Sciortino is a champion for social and economic justice and equality for all.”

Volunteer for our Endorsed 2013 Municipal Candidates

Please Sign up to volunteer for our Endorsed 2013 Municipal Candidates. We are getting many requests from the candidates for help.

Our Volunteer sign up form is at http://goo.gl/DdyNx5

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Several Campaigns have an immediate need for Data Entry people especially this week on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you can help in the next 4 days doing data entry using Nation Builder Web based data entry (easy to use and you will be trained) please let me know asap.
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With so many candidates we are stretched very thin and we really need your help to make this a very successful campaign season. With many open seats, we can change the make up of the Board of Alderman and the School Committee with your help. Your contact info will be passed on to the candidates you select in the form.

There is a lot to choose from and I hope you will all do your best to help.

Our first ask is for day to day volunteering for all candidates as well as GOTV help for Ward 1 and Ward 3 for the Primary on September 24. I'll update this after the primary for the November 5 election.

Katie
katherine.m.wallace@gmail.com


Democracy Demands Participation! Thanks to everyone who participates. You can change the world.

The Patch reports on the PDS Endorsements

The Somerville Patch is reporting on our endorsements and people are talking about it in the comments section. Do you have a comment?

Now that we've endorsed its time to start volunteering to help these candidates get elected.