Tuesday, February 20, 2024

2024 Democratic Town Caucus

 

2024 Democratic Town Caucus


Holliston Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) members are hosting the 2024 Democratic Town Caucus to select delegates to attend the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. The caucus will convene at 10:30 AM, Saturday, March 16, at Holliston Town Hall. All Democrats registered to vote in Holliston are invited to participate and are encouraged to run for convention delegate. The convention will take place June 1 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

The caucus is open to the public and press, but only Holliston's registered and pre-registered Democrats are eligible to run and vote. Pre-registered Democrats must be at least 16 years old on the caucus date. Same-day registration is allowed. Those running as a delegate or alternate should be present at the caucus to be elected. However, if there are not enough candidates present to fill all delegate and alternate positions, two-thirds of those present and voting may move to have a candidate's name placed in nomination despite the candidate's absence, provided that the candidate has notified the Chair of their interest in running. 

Holliston Democrats will vote to elect 10 delegates and 4 alternates to represent Holliston at the convention. Those not selected as a delegate or an alternate, and who meet the qualifications, can apply separately to be an add-on delegate in the following categories: youth, minority, disabled, LGBTQ+, or ask about being a convention volunteer. Access the 2024 Call to Convention here: https://massdems.org/massdems-convention.

Registration will open at 10:00 AM. The caucus will begin at 10:30 AM. The caucus doors will close at 10:45 AM. Everyone waiting in line to register at 10:45 AM will be admitted to the caucus. Anyone admitted after 10:45 AM will be designated as a guest and will not be able to run for delegate or to vote.

While not required, if you plan to run for a delegate or alternate seat, please fill out this form: https://bit.ly/HDTC-Caucus. This will help volunteers plan ahead for an efficient caucus.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

2024 Tri-Town Blue Fundraiser

Local Dems Unite and Party!


We're thrilled to share the success of last weekend's fundraiser for Ashland, Hopkinton, and Holliston's Democratic Town Committees! The event was a blast, filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a strong sense of community. Packed to the brim, the hall echoed with the positive energy of everyone involved.

Thanks to the support of ticket purchasers and attendees, coupled with the generosity of sponsors Rep. James Arena-DeRosa, Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, and Sen. President Karen Spilka, we had a great time and reinforced our war chest moving into one of the most consequential elections of our time. 

Special gratitude goes out to those who played pivotal roles, including Amy and David, chairs of Hopkinton and Ashland DTCs, whose collaborative spirit has strengthened our working relationship. Heartfelt thanks extend to our dedicated volunteers, including Lynn, Brett, Maria, Pat, Laura, Joan, Rich, and Lee, whose efforts in various roles contributed to the event's success.

A big shout-out to Kim from the Marconi Event Center and our wonderful entertainer, Jimmy Tingle. As we head into 2024, let's carry this energy forward. With key events on the horizon, including the our local caucus, Spring event on affordable housing, and Holliston's 300th Anniversary, we're gearing up for an exciting year. Your help is invaluable, and we invite you to join us on this journey. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. 

Together, let's make 2024 a year of shared enthusiasm, optimism, and fun!


Thursday, December 28, 2023

Commission on Healthy Democracy

HDTC Supports Commission on Healthy Democracy

On December 9, 2023, HDTC Members unanimously passed a resolution supporting the creation of Commission on Healthy Democracy within the State Party. The full text of the resolution follows. 

HDTC Chair Cynthia Burrow transmitted the resolution to MassDems Chair Steve Kerrigan, Executive Director Joe Sherlock, Senior Political Director Nigel Simon, and members of the State Party representing District 021, stating:

To remain viable and vibrant, we must attract new members—and they must reflect the diversity of our state. We must ensure that our State Party and our elected officials represent the backgrounds, experiences, and concerns of all Massachusetts residents. We feel the establishment and support of this new committee will move us closer to reaching these important goals.

Learn more about this effort by reviewing materials in this public folder. Express support for the effort by completing this form.

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Resolution on Commission for Healthy Democracy

Passed at December 2023 Holliston DTC Meeting (12/9/23)

Whereas the Massachusetts Democratic Party is at a point of historic strength;

And whereas the Massachusetts Democratic Party should stand for healthy democracy;

And whereas healthy democracy depends on the values of inclusion, engagement, and competitiveness;

And whereas democracy in Massachusetts could be improved with regard to all those values;

And whereas participation in the Massachusetts Democratic Party is at only 29% of voters in Massachusetts, and only 18% of new voters registered since 2020;

And whereas Massachusetts has one of the most restrictive candidate ballot access processes in the nation;

And whereas Massachusetts ranks near the bottom with respect to contested elections;

And whereas the Chair of MassDems, Steve Kerrigan, has the power and authority to establish a commission to look at how the practices, strategies, rules, and charter of MassDems could further advance the fundamental democracy values of inclusion, engagement, and competitiveness;

Be it therefore resolved that the Holliston Democratic Town Committee supports the proposal for a MassDems Commission on Healthy Democracy proposed by Democratic Party members, Danielle Allen, Steve Grossman, and Nicole LaChapelle;

And be it also resolved that the Holliston Democractic Town Committee will transmit a copy of this resolution to Chair Kerrigan and to State Committee members representing the Second Middlesex &Norfolk District in support of the establishment of a Commission on Healthy Democracy in 2024.