1. All of our endorsed candidates can make excellent use of any financial contributions that you can make, but, to make use of the funds for the primary, they need those contributions right away. On our website, there are links for contributions to each of our endorsed candidates, both statewide and legislative. If you’re already flat out doing as much campaign work as you can for your favorite candidate(s), can you also dig down and make donations to some of the others? In many cases, having the money for mailings and ads may make the difference on Sept. 9.
2. PDM Co-sponsors Maura Healey’s community forum on "Corporations are not people: Massachusetts leadership in the era of Citizens United & Hobby Lobby" on Monday, Aug. 18 at 7 PM at the Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn Street, Newton, MA. This event is co-sponsored by the Healey Campaign, PDM, Mass Equality, Progressive Massachusetts, and several other groups. Maura will be joined by Jeff Clements, President of Free Speech for People and author of the new book, Corporations are not People. Senator Jamie Eldridge will be moderating and soliciting questions from the audience. People who are planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by contacting Margie Pullo at or 774.955.8145 or on Facebook here.
3. All of our endorsed candidates have very active field operations at present, and are planning even bigger ones in the week or so leading up to the primary. If you have any time to spare, please help out with one or more campaigns. If you want us to connect you to the right people for one of our candidates, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. In Christine Barber’s race (the Sciortino seat in Somerville & Medford), another candidate (Sharon Guzick) who was campaigning as another progressive, has dropped out of the race. This leaves Christine as the clear progressive choice, and turns this into a tough two-way contest. Her campaign informs us that they’re prioritizing canvassing, and are sending volunteers out daily for 2-hour routes in Somerville and Medford starting at about 6 pm. On weekends they are organizing Saturday shifts at 11 am and 3 pm and Sunday shifts at 12:30 pm. They are also happy to distribute canvassing lists and leave the timing to volunteers' judgment. For those who are not up for canvassing, they are also quite happy to distribute phone banking lists that volunteers can go through at home or from the campaign office. Campaign manager Peter Ryan suggests that anyone interested in canvassing or phone banking contact him directly by phone (917-647-4864) or email (email@example.com).
5. Rep. Mary Keefe in Worcester wrote to express her appreciation for our support. They’re planning a cookout and canvass this Saturday, from 10 to 2, meeting at Mary’s house, 9 Oxford St., Worcester, and they’ll also be doing frequent additional canvassing between now and the primary, and would welcome our help. If you’re interested, you can contact PDM’s liaison to the campaign, Margot Barnet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Mass Alliance is planning a Progressive Coalition Canvass Day of Action for State Rep. Candidate Michelle DuBois, on Saturday, August 23rd, with shifts at 10AM-12PM; 11AM-1PM; 12PM - 2PM. Meet at McKinley Park in Brockton (between Winter & Hovenden Ave), a short walk from Montello Commuter Rail and Route 24.
To RSVP or for questions about transportation please contact email@example.com
7. Steve Ultrino (Malden) is planning a canvass afternoon on Sunday, August 17th, starting at 12:30PM at Ultrino Headquarters, 672 Salem Street, Malden.
To RSVP, please contact Amanda Smith at 339-298-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the next few weeks leading up to the Sept. 9 Primary, we plan to be sending out an email each week, listing opportunities to support our endorsed candidates. If you have items about any of our endorsed candidates that you’d like us to include, please share them with us at email@example.com.
Many thanks for all that you are doing in this busy campaign season!
Posted by Mike Combs, Monday, August 11th, 2014 @ 4:39pm
Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM) is proud to announce that we are endorsing seven candidates for seats in the state legislature. We hope that you’ll join us in supporting these seven progressive leaders.
As in the past, we focused our attention on candidates who have been endorsed by Mass Alliance, the coalition of Massachusetts progressive organizations of which PDM is an active member. Mass Alliance goes through a careful vetting process, using both an extensive questionnaire about important progressive issues and an interview with each candidate. We draw on the information from this process in making our choices.
We focus our endorsements on strongly progressive candidates for whom we can make a real difference – candidates who have the capacity to win, but whose success will depend on the active support of groups like us. The seven candidates we’ve chosen can make a real difference in the legislature’s ability to deliver on a progressive agenda. Our job now is to deliver on getting them elected.
Here are our seven endorsed candidates:
Rep. Mary Keefe (for re-election to the 15th Worcester House district) – Mary, a PDM founding member, has been a hugely valuable addition to the House’s progressive caucus in her freshman term. She faces a significant challenge in the Democratic primary.
Rep. Ken Gordon (for re-election to the 21st Middlesex House district – Burlington, Bedford, part of Wilmington) -- Ken has been another very effective progressive legislator in his freshman term, elected with PDM support. He faces a significant challenge from a Republican opponent.
Christine Barber (34th Middlesex House district – parts of Medford and Somerville) – Christine is the clear progressive choice to fill Carl Sciortino’s seat in a contested primary.
Steve Ultrino (33rd Middlesex House district – Malden) – This is a chance to pick up a seat for a progressive, replacing retiring Rep. Chris Fallon, in a primary race against a far more conservative opponent.
Michelle DuBois (10th Plymouth House district – Brockton, E. & W. Bridgewater) – Michelle is the clear progressive in the Democratic primary, and will also face a challenging Republican opponent.
Barbara L’Italien (2d Essex & Middlesex Senate district – Lawrence, Andover, Tewksbury) – Barbara (whom PDM has supported in several House races in the past) faces tough fights in both the primary and general elections for the seat vacated by Barry Finegold.
Jessica Finocchiaro (1st Essex Senate district – Methuen, Haverhill, N. Andover) – Jessica presents the opportunity for a progressive to defeat one of the most conservative senators (Kathleen O’Connor Ives) in a Democratic primary.
All seven of these candidates really need our help, both in time and money. Those with primary races need that help very soon. Please follow the links to their campaign websites and donate as generously – and as soon – as you can. And if you’ll have time to help out on any of these campaigns, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with the right people.