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

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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.