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Christine Rafal Campaign Kickoff - Ward 4 School Committee‏

Sun, 09/13/2009 - 3:00pm
Sun, 09/13/2009 - 5:00pm
Paddock Restaurant
249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145
see map: Google Maps

Please come out and support our endorsed candidate for Ward 4 School Committee - Christine Rafal!

Dear Friends,

I would like to invite you to an important upcoming event.

On Sunday, September 13th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Paddock Restaurant, I will be kicking off my campaign for Ward 4 School Committee. Please see the attached invitation for details.

Hope you can make it.

Sincerely,
Christine Rafal
Candidate for Ward 4 School Committee

2009 Contested Ward Endorsements

Immediate Release - August 1, 2009
For more information, please contact Marty Martinez, PDS Chairperson at 617-256-5641 or chair at pdsomerville dot org org.

Somerville, MA - The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) has made endorsements in three contested ward races. For the School Committee, PDS is proud to endorse Ward 5 incumbent Mark Niedergang and Ward 4 challenger Christine Rafal. In the only contested Alderman's race, PDS endorses Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz for reelection to that seat. All three candidates sought the endorsement by completing a questionnaire that highlighted their views and expressed their plans for serving the residents of our city. The members overwhelmingly voted to endorse each candidate and now plan to work to elect them.

West Somerville resident and PDS Endorsement Chair Ade Baptista said that for the members the choice was clear. "Each of these candidates took the time to share their views with our membership, they came to our meeting and expressed a commitment to open government that is accountable to the residents of the city. The membership is very enthused to support both Alderman Gewirtz and School Committeeman Niedergang for reelection and to elect a new voice for parents and children in Christine Rafal for the Ward 4 School Committee seat."

PDS Chairman, Marty Martinez said the Ward 4 race is an important one. "We have the chance to elect another strong community voice to the School Committee. Christine is a parent of a child at the Healey school, she is a former teacher and is dedicated to bringing more resources to our schools. She understands the great things already happening in our schools and the areas where more development is needed. Christine will be an active addition to the school committee and will do a great job representing the residents of Winter Hill and the Ten Hills neighborhood."

PDS invited both candidates in each of the three races to submit a written response detailing their positions on a variety of issues. Candidates were asked to respond to important issues facing this district including thoughts on local issues, the use of the Powerhouse School, ways to engage community residents and ideas for making their respective elected bodies more open and accessible. The Progressive Democrats of Somerville are excited to endorse these candidates and put our collective efforts behind their campaigns.

2009 City Candidate Questionnaire Responses

PDS invited all of the candidates in contested races for municipal offices this year to fill out a questionnaire covering a number of the issues important to PDS members. We began by requesting responses from those running in contested Ward races, and we received the following responses. We will be voting on endorsements in these races at our upcoming meeting, so please join us!

Alderman Ward 6

  • Rebekah Gewirtz (responses)
  • Jim Campano (did not respond)

School Committee Ward 4

  • James Norton (did not respond)
  • Christine Rafal (responses)

School Committee Ward 5

  • Mark Niedergang (responses)
  • Anna Lavanga (did not respond)

July Endorsement Meeting

Tue, 07/28/2009 - 6:30pm
Tue, 07/28/2009 - 8:30pm
VNA
259 Lowell St
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

Come out to our first endorsement meeting of the year! We will be making endorsements in the contested ward races which include the Ward 6 Alderman's Race, the Ward 5 School Committee Race and the Ward 4 School Committee Race. This will be a great chance to learn about the candidates running, ask some important questions and put our PDS support to work!

We will also get an update about the PDS Summer Picnic, our continued work on the city budget process and explore some community service projects. This is an important meeting so please come on out and take part.


Progressive Democrats Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 28th
6:30 to 8:30
Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), 259 Lowell Street


For more information, please contact PDS Chair Marty Martinez, chair at pdsomerville dot org.

Check out one of the most exciting organizations in Somerville!

PDS June Meeting

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 6:30pm
Tue, 06/23/2009 - 8:30pm
VNA
259 Lowell St
3rd floor community room
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

Come out to the next Progressive Democrats of Somerville Meeting!

When: Tuesday, June 23 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: VNA - 259 Lowell St - Community Room

Monthly Meeting - Topics include update from Democratic State Convention, Endorsement Committee Update, Discussion about City budget work and recommendations including future use of the Powderhouse Community School and Plans for the Summer Member Picnic!

Come out and see what is happening at one of the most exciting organizations in Somerville!

For more information, please contact PDS Chairperson, Marty Martinez at chair at pdsomerville dot org.

PDS May Meeting

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 6:30pm
Tue, 05/26/2009 - 8:30pm
Blue Shirt Cafe
424 Highland Ave
Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

Come on out to our next PDS meeting. There is a lot going on so come on out and get involved in one of the most exciting organizations in the city!

When: Tuesday, May 26 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Blue Shirt Cafe - 424 Highland Avenue - Davis Square

From 6:30 to 7:30, we will have our monthly meeting focused on next steps on community participation in the city budget process, learn more about the endorsement process for the upcoming city elections, discuss a PDS summer picnic and much more! At 7:30, all Somerville delegates to the Democratic State Convention are invited to come together to talk about ways to get involved and make a difference at the state convention. PDS delegates will share issues that they are working on and hear from others who are interested in getting involved.

Come on out to a great meeting at a great location and meet some great people!

For more information, please contact PDS Chairperson, Marty Martinez at chair at pdsomerville dot org.

PDS Annual Meeting

Tue, 04/21/2009 - 6:30pm
Tue, 04/21/2009 - 8:30pm
The Independent Restaurant
75 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
see map: Google Maps

Come out to the Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) Annual Meeting. See what exciting things are happening with PDS as it celebrates the start of its 6th year.

When: Tuesday, April 21 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Independent Restaurant - Union Square

The short program will include elections for new officers, a review of where PDS has been and is going and more! This is a great opportunity to come out and share some good food and good politics with good people!

The Annual Meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 with a short program starting at 7:15. This is a great time to also pay your yearly dues of $10. A waiver is available if needed.

Come out and show why PDS continues to say....

Democracy Demands Participation!

For more information, please contact PDS Chairperson, Marty Martinez at mm8353 at hotmail dot com.

PDS March Meeting

Tue, 03/24/2009 - 6:30pm
Tue, 03/24/2009 - 8:30pm
VNA (Visiting Nurses Association)
259 Lowell St
3rd floor community room
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

Come out to our next monthly meeting and see what exciting things PDS is working on!

The first hour of the meeting (6:30 to 7:30) will focus on updates including organizing around the Democratic State Convention, a check in from the ad-hoc committee on the fiscal challenges in the city, a brief discussion about the campaign training being rescheduled, planning and preparation for our April annual meeting and a vote on a proposed by-law change (see below).

The second hour (7:30 to 8:30) will actually be a meeting of the ad-hoc committee that has come together to raise awareness about the fiscal challenges that the city is facing. This will give all PDS members who are interested a chance to get involved in this important campaign and effort.

PDS March Meeting
Tuesday, March 24th
6:30pm to 8:30pm

at

Visiting Nurses Association, 259 Lowell Street, 3rd Floor Community Room

Good People, Good Politics and a Great Organization!

For more information, please contact Marty Martinez, PDS Chairperson at mm8353 at hotmail dot com.

What will City Hall do in response to the financial downturn?

Tue, 01/27/2009 - 6:45pm
Tue, 01/27/2009 - 8:45pm
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St
3rd Floor Community Room
Somerville, MA 02144
see map: Google Maps

Join us for our first meeting of the new year!

What: PDS January Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 27th - 6:45pm to 8:45pm
Where: Visiting Nurses Association, Community Room, 259 Lowell Street

Agenda includes:

  • upcoming campaign and candidate training
  • endorsement discussion on the condo coversion ordinance
  • PDS' campaign on how Somerville will respond to the national and state financial downturn and
  • Planning for the new year!

Join us for our next meeting and experience some good people, good politics, and good conversation with one of the most exciting organizations in Somerville!

For more information, please contact Marty Martinez, PDS Chairperson, mm8353@hotmail.com

PDS for Obama Canvass

Sun, 11/02/2008 - 8:00am
Sun, 11/02/2008 - 6:00pm
Porter Square Parking Lot
49 White St
in front of Shaw's
Cambridge, MA 02140
see map: Google Maps

Join PDS for Obama! Get Out the Vote Trip to New Hampshire!

This Sunday, PDS is headed up to New Hampshire with the Cambridge and Somerville for Obama group. The Cambridge and Somerville for Obama group has been doing fantastic work and just last Sunday, sent 130 canvassers up to New Hampshire!

Timeline for Sunday
8:00 Meet in Porter Square parking lot in front of Shaw's
8:30 Cars leave for NH
10:30 Arrive at one of the NH campaign offices
10:30 Canvass training
11:00 Canvass
4:00 Depart NH
6:00 Arrive at Porter Square parking lot

The Cambridge and Somerville for Obama group is aiming to turn out 1,000 canvassers between Saturday and Monday and an additional 1,000 volunteers on Tuesday! In addition, they will be making phone calls from offices located by Davis Square and by Central Square. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the phoning shifts, please respond to Rachel Heller, PDS Vice Chairperson at vice-chair at pdsomerville.org. More information will then be sent to you.

Please make every effort to volunteer during the critical final days of this election!