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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.

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CANDIDATES IN 2013 WARD ALDERMAN ELECTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2013


Contact:
Katie Wallace, Chair
Christine Barber, Endorsements Co-Chair
ChristinePBarber@gmail.com
617-410-6025

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CANDIDATES IN 2013 WARD ALDERMAN ELECTION

Five candidates endorsed. Long-time School Committee member Mark Niedergang endorsed in Ward 5. Katjana Ballantyne endorsed in Ward 7. Rebekah Gewirtz (Ward 6) endorsed for re-election. Matt McLaughlin (Ward 1) and Suzanne Bremer (Ward 3) also endorsed.

Somerville, MA. Members of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) have endorsed five candidates in the upcoming Ward Alderman election for this fall .

PDS members voted to endorse Mark Niedergang, who has represented Ward 5 on the School Committee since 2005. Mark’s ideas for keeping Somerville affordable so residents can continue to live here and his dedication to public service make him the clear choice for voters in November.

Katjana Ballantyne, who came within 40 votes of winning against the previous incumbent Ward 7 alderman in 2011, again received the endorsement of PDS members. A Ward 7 resident for over 20 years, Katjana has been a strong advocate for her community. PDS believes that she will be an important voice in support of community-based solutions to issues ranging from residential development to government transparency.

In the three-way Ward 1 race, PDS members voted to endorse Save Our Somerville co-founder Matt McLaughlin. Matt, a Somerville native, has been a terrific advocate for working families in the city, working to advance the local hire ordinance that would create more job opportunities for Somerville residents. Matt also has experience with youth programs in the city, and would prioritize programming for teens. PDS members feel that the Board would benefit from such a voice.

PDS voted to endorse incumbent Ward 6 alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, who is running unopposed this year. Rebekah, who co-founded PDS and was the first chair, has been a strong and consistent voice for progressive priorities on the Board of Aldermen, and members are confident that she will continue to fulfill that role during her next term.

Lastly, members endorsed Suzanne Bremer in Ward 3, in a four-way race. A current board member of Union Square Main Streets, Suzanne has worked to support her Union Square neighborhood since she moved to Prospect Hill over 20 years ago. PDS believes she is the right choice for voters in Ward 3.

Voters in Ward 1 and Ward 3 will vote in preliminary elections for Ward Alderman on September 24 in order to narrow the field to two candidates for the general election. The remaining wards will not have preliminary elections, and will vote on November 5.

PDS invited all Ward Alderman candidates to respond to our questionnaire, which included questions regarding commercial and residential development in Assembly Square and beyond, the Green Line extension, affordability, government transparency and accountability, and diversity, among other things. The candidates’ responses are available in their entirety on the PDS website (http://www.pdsomerville.org/node/241). More than 50 people attended PDS’ Ward Alderman endorsement forum on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. PDS will be holding an Alderman-at-Large endorsement forum in early September.

PDS in the Patch and Journal

The Somerville Patch has an article about our Ward Alderman Candidate Forum and there is quite a discussion going on there in the comments. Take a look.

The Somerville Journal is also reporting on our forum.

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CANDIDATES IN 2013 SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2013

Contact:
Katie Wallace, Chair
Christine Barber, Endorsements Co-Chair
christinepbarber@gmail.com
617-410-6025

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF SOMERVILLE ENDORSE CANDIDATES IN 2013 SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION

Adam Sweeting (Ward 3) and Paul Bockelman (Ward 6) endorsed for re-election. Steve Roix endorsed in Ward 1, Dan Futrell endorsed in Ward 2, and Carrie Normand endorsed in Ward 7, while members are split on Ward 5 endorsement.

Somerville, MA. The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) has endorsed several candidates in what promises to be a lively School Committee election, scheduled for this coming fall.

PDS members voted to endorse both Adam Sweeting and Paul Bockelman for re-election. Each has earned the PDS endorsement before, and each brings valuable experience and perspective to the Committee. Mr. Sweeting, Committeeman for Ward 3 since 2008, and Mr. Bockelman, Committeeman for Ward 6 since 2006, have both brought informed, progressive perspectives to the Committee. PDS members continue to support them in their work.

PDS members voted to endorse Steve Roix in Ward 1. Mr. Roix is making expansion of the Community Liaison program a priority to help reach out to the diverse population of Ward 1 and increase parental involvement. PDS is confident that he will be an effective advocate for the people of the first Ward.

Dan Futrell, whom PDS members enthusiastically voted to endorse in Ward 2, would bring to the Committee not only budgeting and organizational experience gained as Director of Operations at the nonprofit Year Up, where he helps to provide technical and communication skills to low-income young adults, but also the leadership experience he gained during two deployments to Iraq as an Infantry Captain in the U.S. Army.

By a wide margin, PDS also voted to endorse Ward 7 candidate Carrie Normand. Ms. Normand has a strong background in advocacy, both professionally and personally. PDS is confident that she will be a powerful voice for parents throughout Somerville, and particularly parents of children with special needs.

In the Ward 5 race, PDS members were impressed by both Laura Pitone and Ross Richmond, with some members going so far as to suggest endorsing both candidates. Nevertheless, neither candidate reached the two-thirds majority which is necessary to earn PDS’ endorsement, so unfortunately we cannot issue an endorsement in this race. However, members expressed enthusiasm about both Ms. Pitone and Mr. Richmond, and PDS collectively feels that Ward 5 would be lucky to be represented by either candidate.

PDS invited all School Committee candidates to respond to our questionnaire, which included general questions regarding what the overall guiding principles of the school system should be, as well as more specific matters like the candidates’ feelings about charter schools. More than 50 people attended the PDS School Committee candidate forum on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013, and provoked a thoughtful discussion. The candidates’ responses to the questionnaire are posted in their entirety at http://www.pdsomerville.org/node/228.

"PDS really appreciates all of the candidates who attended the forum to answer questions from members of the community, said Christine Barber, PDS Endorsement Co-Chair. "We look forward to working to get these candidates elected this fall."

PDS will be holding a Ward Alderman endorsement forum on Tuesday, July 23rd at Kesher Center, and an Alderman-at-Large forum later in the summer.

2013 Ward Alderman Candidate Questionnaire Responses

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville held endorsements for the 2013 municipal elections. The list of Candidate includes links to the responses of those Ward Alderman 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.)

Ward 1 Alderman
Maureen Bastardi: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]
Elio LoRusso: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]
Matt McLaughlin -ENDORSED: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]

Ward 2 Alderman
Maryann Heuston: [Responses];.......[Facebook]
Ms. Heuston is the incumbent and is running unopposed this year.


Ward 3 Alderman
Suzanne Bremer - ENDORSED: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]
Stephen Delani: [Responses]
Matt Desmond: [Responses];....... [Facebook]
Robert McWatters: Mr. McWatters has declined to submit questionnaire responses.

Ward 4 Alderman
Tony Lafuente:
Mr. Lafuente is the incumbent and is running unopposed this year. He is not seeking endorsement.


Ward 5 Alderman
Mark Niedergang - ENDORSED: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]
Courtney O'Keefe: Ms. O'Keefe has declined to submit questionnaire responses.

Ward 6 School Committee
Rebekah Gewirtz - ENDORSED: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]
Ms. Gewirtz is the incumbent and is running unopposed this year. She has been endorsed by PDS in previous election years.

Ward 7 Alderman
Katjana Ballantyne - ENDORSED: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]
Joseph Capuano: Mr. Capuano has declined to submit questionnaire responses.


We held our Candidate Forum on Tuesday July 23 at 6:30 pm.

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

The Forum took place 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.)