Candidates for State Auditor to Speak at Upcoming Meeting

In this busy election year, the Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee will invite candidates for State and Federal offices to speak at our monthly meetings. The first of these will be on Monday, February 7. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm, and the two candidates for Auditor, Chris Dempsey and Diana DiZoglio, will speak at approximately 8:30.

We have also invited the new members of the Boston City Council to meet us. If any can join us on this meeting, they will be able to speak at approximately 7:15 pm.

The Committee’s meetings are open to all. We are still meeting virtually. The Zoom link for this meeting is here.

Announcing the Committee’s 2022 Caucus

The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee will conduct its annual caucus on Saturday, March 5. The business of the caucus is to elect delegates to the State Convention, which is described in the post below this one. The caucus will be virtual this year; register to attend at this link.

The virtual doors to the caucus will open at 9:30 am; you must check in or be in the virtual line by 10:00. Ward 19 has 27 delegate positions, plus 5 alternates, this year.

The caucus is open to all. All registered Democrats in Ward 19 can participate in the process of becoming and/or electing delegates to this year’s convention, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at the DCU Center in Worcester.

If you have any problem registering, or any other questions, contact info@bostonward19dems.org.

Candidates for Statewide Office

This year’s State Convention is an endorsing convention, meaning candidates seeking statewide office — Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Attorney General, Treasurer, and Auditor — must receive at least 15% of the delegate vote on the first ballot in order to be listed on the Democratic Primary ballot this September. Any candidate who receives the majority of the delegate vote will be the endorsed candidate of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

The State Democratic Committee, at their meeting on January 22nd, passed the Rules for the 2022 State Convention which includes the following language:

“For a candidate to be eligible for endorsement he/she must have filed notice of their intention to seek that office in question with the Democratic State Committee by 5:00 PM, Friday, January 28, 2022 or have presented to the Democratic State Committee, 11 Beacon Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA, 02108, a petition for endorsement containing the signatures of five hundred (500) Delegates not later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, April 22, 2022.“

As of 5 pm on January 28, the following candidates have filed letters of intent:

Governor:

  • Allen, Danielle
  • Chang-Díaz, Sonia
  • Healey, Maura

Lt Governor:

  • Bero, Bret H
  • Driscoll, Kim
  • Gouveia, Tami
  • Hinds, Adam
  • Lesser, Eric P

Secretary of the Commonwealth:

  • Galvin, William Francis
  • Sullivan, Tanisha M

Attorney General: 

  • Campbell, Andrea
  • Liss-Riordan, Shannon
  • Palfrey, Quentin

Treasurer:

  • Goldberg, Deborah

Auditor:

  • Dempsey, Chris
  • DiZoglio, Diana

As stated in the rules, candidates may still petition for endorsement by collecting the signatures of 500 delegates by April 22, 2022.

Committee Statement on Forbes Building

The committee has adopted the following statement concerning the status of the Forbes Building:

The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee supports keeping the Forbes building at 545 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain as long-term, subsidized,  affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities. We strongly urge the building owners to follow through on renewing long-term subsidy contracts. 

Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee Endorsements for upcoming election

On Tuesday evening, October 26, 2021, the Committee voted to make the following endorsements for the municipal election on November 2, 2021:

For Mayor: Michelle Wu

For At-Large City Council: David Halbert, Julia Mejia, Carla Montiero, Ruthzee Louijeune

Ballot questions: Yes on 1 (City Council budget authority), No on 2 (East Boston power station, No Endorsement on 3 (Elected School Committee)

Boston Voting Information

Find your polling place: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//bal/myelectioninfo.aspx

Early voting: https://www.boston.gov/news/early-voting-locations-boston-2021-municipal-election

Early voting and dropbox locations: https://www.boston.gov/news/early-voting-locations-boston-2021-municipal-election#map–626701

Absentee ballot info: https://www.boston.gov/departments/elections/how-vote-absentee-ballot

Immediate Opportunity to Comment on New House and Senate Districts

The following information is important to all residents of Ward 19. The Special Joint Committee on Redistricting of the Massachusetts House and Senate has proposed new districts.The opportunities to comment on these districts, either at an open hearing or via submission from a web page, are only within the next few days, until Monday, October 18:

Click here for information on the redistricting. The proposed new House districts have Ward 19 divided among new 6th, 10th, 14th, and 15th Suffolk districts. The proposed new Senate districts have Ward 19 divided between new “Norfolk and Suffolk” and “Second Suffolk” districts.

On Friday, October 15, at 1:00 pm, The Special Joint Committee will hold a hearing to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the draft State Senate and State House maps. Click here for meeting details.

The Committee will accept public comment on the proposed House and Senate Districts until 5:00PM on October 18, 2021. Click here to submit comments on either House or Senate Districts

Boston At-Large City Council Candidates Forum

 Sponsored by Boston Ward 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 19 and 20 Democratic Committees

October 19, 2021 at 5:30 PM on Zoom

Ward 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 19 and 20 Democratic Committees will jointly host a Forum on October 19, 2021 with At-Large City Council candidates in advance of the Election on November 2, 2021. The Candidates Forum will be held as a Zoom Webinar from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

All eight At-Large City Council candidates have been invited. Michael Flaherty, David Halbert, Ruthzee Louijeune, Julia Mejia, Carla Monteiro, Erin Murphy, and Bridget Nee-Walsh have confirmed their participation; Althea Garrison pending.

The Forum will be moderated by Jacquetta Van Zandt, Vice President of Engagement at The Partnership, Inc:

5:30 pm – Greetings and Opening Statements
5:45 pm – Q and A
6:45 pm – Closing Statements 

This Forum will provide an opportunity to learn more about the candidates on issues of importance to voters citywide. Voters can vote for up to four At-Large City Council candidates.  These seven Boston Democratic Ward Committees are collaborating to ensure that voters are aware of their choices in the final election on November 2nd, 2021. 

Attendees can register to attend the Zoom Forum at this link – https://bit.ly/Oct19BostonForum

This Candidates Forum is sponsored by Wards 8 (Lower Roxbury, South End), 9 (Roxbury, South End), 10 (Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain), 11 (Jamaica Plain, Roxbury), 15 (North Dorchester, South Dorchester), 19 (Jamaica Plain, Roslindale) and 20 (Roslindale, West Roxbury). 

The same Boston Democratic Ward Committees are planning a Zoom Forum with the two Mayoral Candidates – Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George – tentatively scheduled for October 26th.  Check https://bostonward19dems.org for updates.

Upcoming Boston Election Forums

The Committee is planning virtual forums for the slate of at-large candidates and for mayor. The at-large forum will be on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5:30-7:00 pm; click here to register for the webinar. The mayoral forum is tentatively scheduled for October 26; time and link will be posted when planning is complete.

In addition, Ethos is holding two forums, focusing on key issues around aging and older adults in Boston. The District 6 candidates forum will be Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. The mayoral candidates forum will be Friday, October 15, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Register here for either of these forums.