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2013 School Committee Candidate Questionnaire Responses

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville will be holding endorsements for the 2013 municipal elections. The list of Candidate includes links to the responses of those School Committee candidates that have sought our endorsement by responding to our questionnaire.

Ward 1 School Committee
Steven Roix - ENDORSED: [Responses];.......[ Website]
Kenneth Salvato: [Responses]

Ward 2 School Committee
Dan Futrell - ENDORSED: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook];
Michael Nionakis: Mr. Nionakis has declined to submit questionnaire responses.

Ward 3 School Committee
Adam Sweeting - ENDORSED: [Responses]
Mr. Sweeting is the incumbent and is running unopposed this year. He has been endorsed by PDS in previous election years.

Ward 4 School Committee
Christine Rafal: Ms. Rafal has declined to submit questionnaire responses.
Ms. Rafal is the incumbent and is running unopposed this year. She has been endorsed by PDS in previous election years. Her statement was that because she is unopposed she did not want to use up any of PDS's time, consideration or resources; and would prefer for PDS to be able to endorse and help the most progressive candidates in contested races

Ward 5 School Committee
Laura Pitone: [Responses];.......[Facebook]
Ross Richmond: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]
Caroline Shea Rosas: Ms Rosas has declined to submit questionnaire responses.

***Both Ms. Pitone and Mr. Richmond received a large percentage of votes for endorsement but not the 66% required. PDS members felt that in Ward 5 both Ms. Pitone and Mr. Richmond would be an excellent choice for Ward 5 Residents.***

Ward 6 School Committee
Paul Bockelman - ENDORSED: [Responses]
Mr. Bockelman is the incumbent and is running unopposed this year. He has been endorsed by PDS in previous election years.

Ward 7 School Committee
Carrie Normand - ENDORSED: [Responses];.......[ Website]; [Facebook]
Ms. Normand is a first time candidate running unopposed for an open seat.


We held our Candidate Forum on Tuesday July 9 at 6:30 pm.

The PDS Candidate Forum provided an opportunity for the candidates to speak and to answer your questions. Refreshments were 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.)

Candidate Forums on July 9 & 23

This year, there are more contested races in Somerville than at any time in recent memory. Your vote will really matter! Find out who the candidates are and where they stand.

Come to Candidates Forums on Tuesday July 9 (School Committee) and July 23 (Ward Alderman). Stay tuned for links on this PDS website when we post candidates' responses to questionnaires. (We'll also be announcing a forum for the seven At-Large Alderman candidates sometime soon.)

The PDS Candidates Forums will provide an opportunity for the candidates to speak and to answer your questions. Refreshments will be served.

Forums start at 6:30 pm and will take place at the Kesher Center (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.)

Pending certification of nomination papers by the Board of Election Commissioners, there will be contested School Committee races in Wards 1, 2 and 5, and contested Ward Alderman races in Wards 1, 3, 5, and 7 (as well as the at-large contest). There will be a preliminary election on Sept. 24 to narrow the field of candidates in Ward 1 (Alderman), Ward 3 (Alderman), and Ward 5 (School Committee). The general election will take place on Nov. 5.

Important Public Hearing on Greater Democracry in Somerville May 14th at 7:30PM

After over 150 concerned citizens petitioned the City, the Board of Aldermen will host a Public hearing Tuesday, May 14 at the Aldermanic Chambers at 7:30 p.m. on the matter of establishing a fair, consistent and transparent process for filling interim vacancies on the Board of Alderman.

PDS has advocated for years now for stronger, more transparent and democratic city government! Let's have a solid PDS presence there, ready to speak up for our values.

Here was the text of our petition:

We the undersigned residents of Somerville believe strongly in the democratic process and that our elected officials be chosen by us, the people. In the unfortunate and what should be rare event that a member of the Board of Alderman must resign with less than a year to complete his or her term, and thus a special election is neither authorized nor feasible, we believe there must be a set process to select the interim replacement. The City Charter requires that the replacement be approved by a majority of the remaining Board members but is silent as to the specific process.

In recent years we have seen all too often the Board simply appoint the out-going official’s recommended successor without any serious deliberation or input from voters. This does a disservice to our city and the democratic principles we all hold dear. It also creates a disincentive to serve out a term because the resigning alderman is guaranteed that the successor he or she recommends will be appointed.

To address this serious concern, we hereby respectfully request a public hearing by the Board of Alderman. It is our hope that a more open, transparent and consistent process for filling interim vacancies be identified and codified before we face this issue again.

One Week to Make a Difference

We are just one week away from Election Day on Tuesday April 30 and we need to fill thousands of volunteer hours in Somerville on Election Day 4/30. 21 Precincts, 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, Precinct Captains, Poll Watchers, Canvassers. Monday night 4/29 we need Door hangers. Saturday 4/27 and Sunday 4/28 we need canvassers. Tuesday through Friday 4/23-4/27 we need people on phones and helping out with office work during both day time and evening.

The majority of people don’t seem to be aware of this election. Those that know there is an election often don’t seem to know that the date is next week Tuesday April 30. PDS has endorsed Ed Markey and our members have pledged to help Get Out The Vote.

We can’t do this without you. You have all come through before and we need you again.

PLEASE FILL OUT THIS WEB FORM WITH YOUR INFO AND AVAILABILITY

If you aren’t sure why it matters which Democrat wins the Primary Election on Tuesday then check out this comparison between candidates.

Progressive Democrats of Somerville membership meeting

Wednesday March 13, 2013 6:30-8:30 pm

Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

Come hear our plans for the coming year.
Run for and Elect members to our Executive Board.
Meet some candidates running for local office.
Hear about the Markey for US Senate campaign here in Somerville.

Agenda
Refreshments
Introductions with Question of the Month
PDS History and Status and Accomplishments
Dues
Election Of Officers
Key Note Speaker Rebekah Gewirtz, founder of PDS
The Future of PDS
Upcoming Campaigns
Ed Markey for US Senate
Alderman
School Committee

The main business of our Annual Meetings is to elect a new Leadership Board for the Progressive Democrats of Somerville. These are the roles we will elect for our Leadership Committee along with a brief description of some of their duties.

Chair - run meetings, set agenda
Vice Chair - support the chair, fill in if chair is absent
Secretary - takes meeting notes, distributes to-do list from meetings, confirms location for meetings.
Treasurer - set up PDS bank account, sign and distribute checks to whoever we owe money to (like for snacks, venues etc.), collect and keep track of member dues.
Elections Co-Chairs (2) - run PDS endorsement processes, gather and distribute candidate info for endorsements, after endorsement collaborate with campaigns to provide PDS volunteers and events.
Issues Co-Chairs (2) - organize issue campaigns or support other organization’s issue campaigns, Arrange for guest speakers at meetings on issues

PDS Endorses Congressman Edward Markey for U.S. Senate

The votes are counted and The Progressive Democrats of Somerville have voted to Endorse Congressman Edward Markey for U.S. Senate. Congressman Markey won with 100% of votes cast.

This is a very short election cycle and we will be coordinating our efforts with the Markey Campaign and our friends from Somerville for Ed Markey, Cambridge Somerville for Change, and Medford for Massachusetts.

We pulled out a huge vote in Somerville for Senator Elizabeth Warren in November. Let’s do the same for this Special Election. We CAN Do it!

State of the Union Watch Party

We're looking forward to another fun event co-sponsored by Progressive Democrats of Somerville, Cambridge Somerville for Change, Progressive Mass, and Organizing for Action (OFA). From the people who brought you our rocking Bowling and Inauguration events we now bring you.....

State of the Union Watch Party
Tuesday, February 12th, 8:00 PM
Cambridge Common Restaurant
1667 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138
(between Porter Square and Harvard Square)

For more information and to RSVP, go to the Facebook event:
http://bit.ly/CamSomSoTU


If you're not on Facebook, you can RSVP here:
http://bit.ly/SoTUSomCam2013


With the new year, and President Obama's second term, comes the hard
business of governing,and the advocacy that strives to make our
elected officials serve the greater good. While the inaugural address
was more specific in 2013 than in 2009, the real blueprint for the
President's agenda is the State of the Union.


Have a beer, hang out with your progressive friends and meet some of our special guests. The blizzard will be over and you will be glad to
have a friendly place to go out to.

Social Media Training for Progressive Organizers 2.0

We are pleased to announce our second Social Media Training for Progressive Organizers will be held Sat. February 23rd from 10AM - 1PM at the Somerville Central Library with our own "radiokeri" Keri Lorenzo as trainer extraordinaire!

The training will consist of an in-depth look at the online tools offered by Facebook and Twitter (1.5hr on each with Facebook to start, so feel free to only come for the first or second half of the training depending on your interest). There should be plenty of time for questions.

Please bring a laptop and/or cell phone with internet access if you want to explore the tools during the training. Also feel free to bring your own lunch and/or treats and drinks to share with the group.

To RSVP and to help spread the word:

https://www.facebook.com/events/372050956227104/


What: Social Media Training for Progressive Organizers 2.0 (Facebook/Twitter)

When: Sat. Feb 23: 10AM-1PM

Where: Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Ave.

RSVP by Feb. 20th to reserve your spot!


We hope to see you there,

Lee & Keri

Join Us

1) Victory
This has been quite a year with lots of hard work leading up to huge and historic victories in Somerville on November 6. Voter turnout was the largest ever (35,062 ballots cast) including a couple of thousand newly registered voters coming out to elect President Obama (28,467 votes) and Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren (27,412 votes). State Representative Denise Provost had a huge victory over her Democratic opponent in the September Primary and State Representative Carl Sciortino had the largest victory percentage of any opposed incumbent Rep statewide in the General. Question 4 (24,358 Yes votes), the Community Preservation Act passed by the highest margin in the state.

2) Thank You
Thank you to those of you who stepped up and helped with all of these victories as leaders, volunteers and voters.

3) Time for a Party on 12/12/12
Every Victory deserves a party. PDS is joining with Yes on Question 4 and the Somerville for Elizabeth Warren teams to have one. Everyone is welcome. Bowl, Eat Pizza, Tell your Election Day stories, talk about What Happens Next, have a laugh with your friends.

HOLIDAY/VICTORY CELEBRATION
We hope you will join us for a holiday/victory celebration hosted by the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, the Yes on 4 Campaign & the Somerville for Elizabeth Warren Campaign at Flatbread
45 Day St (Davis Sq.)
Wed. Dec. 12: 7-10PM (yes, that's 12/12/12!)

***Please RSVP to LeeEricaPalmer@gmail.com by Dec. 5 and indicate whether you would like to join us for pizza, bowling or both!***

Congratulations to Ward and City Committee Election Winners!

April 9, 2012

Congratulations to all of the PDS members who were elected to their Ward committees last month! And a very hearty congrats to two of our Leadership Team members, Mike Grunko who was elected Vice-Chair, and to Katie Wallace who was elected Secretary of the Somerville Democratic City Committee tonight!