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.


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.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Jimmy Tingle Tri-Town Blue Fundraiser

Start 2024 with a Laugh!

Ticket sales are open for the Tri-Town Blue fundraiser starring Jimmy Tingle! The Democratic Town Committees of Ashland, Holliston, and Hopkinton are working together to bring you an afternoon of camaraderie and comedy. Join us Sunday, January 28 at the Ashland VFW Hall. Social hour begins at 2 PM. Light refreshments, coffee, and tea are included in the ticket price and a cash bar will be open. The show starts at 3 PM.

Be sure to secure your tickets now as we are anticipating a sold-out event.

Special thanks to event sponsors Senate President Karen Spilka, State Rep. James Arena-DeRosa, and State Rep Jack Lewis.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Run for Holliston Democratic Town Committee

 Attention Holliston Democrats!

If you would like to run for a seat on the Holliston Democratic Town Committee (HDTC), now is the time!

The HDTC is the local arm of our state and national parties. We are charged with helping Democrats get elected up and down the ballot. We also participate in civic activities and hold community events.

To run, you must have been a registered voter in our town and enrolled in the Democratic party since at least Wednesday, August 23, 2023. You must not have been enrolled in a different party within the last year.

We will help you join the slate of HDTC nominees, get the required number of signatures, and submit our slate to the proper election authorities. If you meet the criteria above and want to join our dedicated, vibrant organization, please email Chair Cynthia Burrow. Learn more about the process and requirements here

We look forward to welcoming you to our Committee!

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

MA Legislature Passes Tax Relief Package

We'd like to thank our own Senate President Karen Spilka for her leadership in passing historic tax relief legislation. As Sen. Spilka has said, "This is the most significant tax relief package in a generation (and will) put real dollars into the pockets of the people who need it most, including parents, seniors, young people, and middle class families who are struggling to keep up with rising costs."

This bipartisan effort includes several significant changes to tax policies. Notably, it increases the refundable tax credit for dependent children, disabled adults, and seniors, benefiting over 565,000 families. The estate tax is also updated, reducing it for all taxpayers and eliminating it for estates under $2 million. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is raised from 30% to 40% of the federal credit for individuals and families with incomes under $60,000. The bill also introduces a single sales factor apportionment for businesses and doubles the senior circuit breaker tax credit, affecting over 100,000 seniors.

Other changes include increasing the rental deduction cap, lowering the short-term capital gains tax rate, and expanding housing programs to create affordable housing and stimulate private investment in communities.

This tax relief package is a significant step to support residents and businesses in Massachusetts while making the state a more affordable and competitive place to live and work. It's aimed at providing financial relief to a wide range of people, from parents and seniors to middle-class families and those facing high rents or real estate taxes. The legislation reflects a bipartisan effort to address the needs of the state's residents and improve the overall economic environment in Massachusetts. 

Monday, September 25, 2023

2023 Democratic State Convention

HDTC Represents!

Members of the Holliston Democratic Town Committee were out in full force on Saturday, September 23, as they joined fellow Democrats from across Massachusetts at the Democratic State Committee Convention. The Convention, held annually, serves as a platform for Democrats to come together, discuss party priorities, and hear from influential leaders. This year, attendees were treated to a lineup of inspiring speeches by prominent figures, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Ed Markey, Governor Maura Healy, and our own Senate President Karen Spilka. Their passionate words resonated with the audience, reminding everyone of the values and principles that unite Democrats in the Bay State.

Several amendments to the state party charter were passed during the convention. One significant change makes veterans eligible for add-on delegate status, recognizing the unique challenges they face and perspectives they bring to the Party. Additionally, an amendment was passed to prohibit members of the Democratic State Committee from also being paid employees, ensuring transparency and accountability. These amendments, along with the convention itself, reflect the dedication of Massachusetts Democrats to create a more inclusive and effective political environment where the voices of all members can be heard and valued.

With the 2024 elections just around the corner, Democrats at the local level need to start organizing now to continue our nation's recovery and progress. Join us at our next meeting on Saturday, October 14 at 10 AM, in person at Town Hall or virtually on Zoom. All are welcome--you need not be a member of the Holliston Democratic Town Committee to attend!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Historic Victory in Ohio Special Election as Issue 1 Faces Defeat

 Historic Victory in Ohio Special Election as Issue 1 Faces Defeat

Thank You Ohio for voting NO on Issue 1

In a resounding victory for democracy and reproductive rights, Ohioans from all walks of life have come together to reject Issue 1 in the recent special election. This divisive proposal, cunningly introduced by some Republicans, aimed to undermine the power of citizens to enshrine reproductive rights in the upcoming November election. The defeat of Issue 1 is a testament to the resilience of both Democrats and responsible Republicans who stood united against this attempt to restrict the voice of the people.

The defeat of Issue 1 marks a significant moment in the ongoing fight to protect reproductive healthcare and individual freedoms. By voting against this measure, Ohio joins a growing movement of citizens across the nation who are dedicated to safeguarding women's rights and ensuring access to vital reproductive healthcare services. As the November decision approaches, it's essential to stay engaged and informed, supporting organizations like NARAL and Planned Parenthood, which tirelessly advocate for reproductive rights. 

Together, we can work towards a future where every individual has the right to make choices about their own body, health, and future.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Congratulations to Town Electees!

 Hearty congratulations to the exceptional individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to serving our town.  Special thanks to two of our own Holliston Democratic Town Committee members: Dan Alfred, newly elected to the School Committee, and Michelle Zeamer, who has been re-elected to the Finance Committee.

Dan's election to the Holliston School Committee signifies his passion for education and his desire to contribute to the development and success of our students. His expertise and dedication will undoubtedly help shape the future of our school system, ensuring that every child in our community receives a high-quality education.

Michelle's re-election to the Holliston Finance Committee demonstrates her unwavering commitment to fiscal responsibility and strategic planning. Her experience and knowledge in financial matters will continue to be invaluable as she works diligently to ensure our town's resources are managed effectively and responsibly.

It's important to recognize that these individuals, along with others who serve on various boards and committees, do so as volunteers. They selflessly offer their time, expertise, and energy to make our town a better place. Their contributions serve as a reminder of the strength and spirit of our community.

With appreciation,

The Holliston Democratic Town Committee

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

2023 Holliston Democratic Caucus

Holliston Democratic Town Committee (HDTC) members are hosting the 2023 Democratic Town Caucus to select delegates to attend the 2023 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. The Holliston caucus will convene at 10:30 AM, Saturday, June 24, at Holliston Town Hall. All Democrats registered to vote in Holliston are invited to participate and are encouraged to run for delegate to represent Holliston at this year’s convention. The convention will take place September 23 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell where Massachusetts Democrats will gather to vote on a party platform. This is an exciting opportunity for Democrats to shape their party! 

The caucus is open to the public and press, but only Holliston's registered and pre-registered Democrats are eligible to participate. Pre-registered Democrats must be at least 16 years old on the caucus date. Same-day registration is allowed. Delegates must be present at the caucus to be elected (except persons serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, with prior notice). Please check your voter registration status and update if needed prior to the caucus.

Democrats will be voting 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. Refer to the Preliminary Call to Convention for more information.

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.

For more information or if you plan to run for a delegate or alternate seat, please contact Cynthia Burrow.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Local Elections Matter: Call for Registrars and Poll Workers

Protect My Vote sign held in front of US Supreme Court

Local Elections Matter! 

We’re seeing it across the country, and Holliston is not immune. Protecting the integrity of our elections is critical. Your town needs you!

Holliston Town Clerk Liz Greendale has asked Republican and Democratic Town Committees to provide a list of folks who are able to fill two critical roles in our elections. Please step up—election integrity is not theoretical. Our elections are secured by ordinary citizens working together. Needs include:

    1. Registrars

        Registrars encourage and make it possible for citizens to vote. They support Town Clerk staff on an on-call basis. Typically, they:

    • Provide support on the last day of voter registration.
    • Provide support at Town Hall when Town Clerk staff are at the polls.
    • Assist during ballot testing.
    • Step in to oversee recounts, if necessary.

      Registrars receive an annual stipend. Officers of either Town Committee may not serve as Registrars.

    2. Poll Workers

        Poll workers help citizens as they vote. Holliston Town Clerk staff provide training and start new workers in small roles until they feel comfortable. Typically, they:

    • Work a full day on election day.
    • Work shifts during early voting. 

        Poll workers may be paid or volunteer.

We are all busy. We are all worried about over committing. However, these functions are critical in ensuring Holliston elections run smoothly and fairly. Many hands make light work, so please step up and volunteer to help. Email HDTC Chair Cindy Burrow for more information or to volunteer for either position. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Global is Local: How climate legislation will impact Holliston and beyond

Global is Local: How climate legislation will impact Holliston and beyond

On April 29 11am-12:30pm the Holliston Democratic Town Committee and Representative James Arena-DeRosa are hosting a talk at the Gilman Room Holliston Public Library on the recently passed Massachusetts major climate and clean-energy bill that contains sweeping policies targeting renewables, transportation and fossil fuels — a move that lawmakers and advocates say is critical to supporting the state's goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. 

Come learn the details of this new legislation and how it will help you and our state and country reach our climate goals from Rep Jeffrey Roy, architect of the new legislation and Matthew Zettek, Holliston Sustainability Coordinator. This event is free but requires registration.

For more information contact Maria Constantinides

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Women's History Month ERA Update

ERA Update

March is Women's History Month! Here's an update from HDTC member Laura Rainsford on the most recent happenings related to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
  • The House and the Senate have introduced new joint resolutions affirming the validity of the ERA (HJ Res 25 and SJ Res 4). Sponsors include Senators Cardin and Murkowski and Representatives Pressley, Bush, Spanberger, Dean, Garcia, and Kamlager-Dove. 
  • The Senate Judiciary committee will hold a hearing on February 28, 2023A live stream is available on the ERA Coalition's Facebook and YouTube pages.
  • There will be an ERA Symposium sponsored by the Alice Paul Institute on 3/24/23. Virtual tickets are available for the LiveStream. One of the speakers, Kate Kelly, has a fascinating new book, Ordinary Equality: The Fearless Women and Queer People Who Shaped the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Rights Amendment.  

Friday, January 6, 2023

A Fond Farewell!

HDTC Celebrates the Amazing Barbara Gardner!

Holliston Dems gathered at our December meeting to celebrate longtime Democratic leader Barbara Gardner. Barbara served Holliston and surrounding communities from 1986 to 2001 in the Massachusetts Legislature and has been an active member of the Holliston Democratic Town Committee. Barbara will be leaving the chilly east for new adventures in balmy California. Former State Rep for the 8th Middlesex District Carolyn Dykema and others shared warm memories. Check out the video below!