I am running for re-election to the Middlesex & Suffolk Senate District "ballot seat" District Representative to the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee .  This seat is elected for a four-year term as part of the quadrennial Presidential Primaries in Massachusetts.  I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote for my re-election on Tuesday, March 3.


I have lived in our District, residing and owning property in Mid-Cambridge, for almost 4 decades, and have served on the Democratic State Committee and various of its working Sub-Committees for over 15 years, (I currently serve on the State Party's Affirmative Action, By-laws, Charter, Disabilities Outreach, LGBT Outreach and Rules Committees). 

I have also served continuously for the past 18 years as Secretary, and since 2004 Chair, of the Cambridge Ward 6 Democratic Committee, which has grown under my leadership to be one of the largest and most active local Democratic Committees in our District, and which I am pleased to report will be electing 35 members (34 on our ballot, plus one likely write-in candidate) also at the March 3 election, and together with our large number of "20 year" members, will reorganize in April with over 40 active members, and will be working hard to elect a Democratic president and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in November!  I have served as a delegate to twenty-five Massachusetts Democratic State Conventions.   I was an elected Obama Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and a Sanders Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention as well as a Kerry volunteer and then a Clinton volunteer at the 2004 and 2008 conventions, respectively.

 

My educational background includes an undergraduate A.B. degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania, the J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University.  (I am an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.)

 

I have worked over many years as a campaign volunteer in numerous state and local campaigns, as well as national campaigns beginning with the late Sen. Kennedy's presidential bids. I have also been involved with many, many local citizen actions, including (to name a few): the Cambridge Climate Emergency Congress; the campaign to save the Silver Maple Forest at Alewife Reservation; the Inman Square Neighborhood action to preserve the integrity of our public spaces; the protection of condominium owners' and tenants' rights; the fight to end unsafe nuclear energy in Massachusetts.  I have served for 15 years as a Commissioner on the City of Cambridge LGBT Commission (where I am one of the three remaining founding Commissioners).

 

The Democratic State Committee is charged with supporting Democratic candidates at all levels of government, as well as supporting the democratically established positions spelled out in the Massachusetts Democratic Platform (which will next be revised in 2021, a process to be largely guided by the members of the Democratic State Committee), and advocating for both legislative initiatives and citizen ballot initiatives which promote the values of our Party.

 

I have been endorsed for re-elections by over 100 local elected officials, local Democratic leaders, and Democratic State Committee colleagues, including State Senators Sal Di Domenico, Jamie Eldridge, and Paul Feeney; State Representatives Kevin Honan, Michael Moran, Joseph McGonigle and Mike Connolly; MA Governor's Councillors Terry Kennedy, Marilyn Petitto Devaney and Eileen Duff; Everett Mayor Carlo De Mario; former Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons; Democratic National Committee members Deb Kozikowski, David O'Brien, Mel Poindexter, and Susan Thomson; former Democratic State Committee Chairs Phil Johnston and John Walsh; and over 75 other Democratic State Committee colleagues.

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