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The Ward 5 Democratic Committee is responsible for the affairs of the Democratic Party in Ward 5. In this capacity, we endorse candidates, participate in campaigns, present public forums, and perform many other interesting functions.

If you'd like to learn more, please gro.smed5drawnotsob|riahc#hcuot ni teg or join us at our next Committee Meeting.


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Tuesday October 21, 2014, 7:00pm Pre-election Meeting

At our October committee meeting we outlined activities taking place through election day and, after presentations & discussion, endorsed the following positions on the ballot questions:

  • Question 1: Vote No Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing "A no vote would make no change in the laws regarding the gas tax." A yes vote would eliminate indexing of the tax to the Consumer Price Index.
  • Question 2: Vote Yes Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law "A yes vote .. would require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic non-carbonated drinks.."
  • Question 3: Vote Yes Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming "A yes vote would prohibit casinos, any gaming establishment with slot machines, and wagering on simulcast greyhound races."
  • Question 4: Vote Yes Earned Sick Time for Employees "A yes vote would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time.."

Note: Quoted vote summaries are taken from the Secretary of State's ballot question descriptions. Follow the links for full descriptions.

A two-thirds vote of eligible members present is required to endorse a position.

The meeting was held at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square.

Saturday October 18, 2014, 9am Bus to Manchester, NH to Support Jeanne Shaheen

SHAHEEN EXPRESS: The Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee is hosting a bus trip on Saturday, 10/18/14, to Manchester NH to support Senator Jeanne Shaheen. As you know, Senator Shaheen is being challenged by Scott Brown. We will be canvassing targeted voters in the Manchester area. If you are unable to canvass, there will be phone banking and other support tasks with which the campaign can use your help.
WHEN/WHERE: The bus will depart from Cheers (84 Beacon St) at 9AM sharp and will arrive back in Boston at approximately 5:30PM.
FREE EVENT: The chartered bus is being provided compliments of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee.
SHAHEEN CAMPAIGN: We will be providing background information on the campaign to those on the bus, and we will receive a briefing from the campaign upon arrival in NH.
BRING: Please pack a lunch and some snacks.
RAIN OR SHINE: The bus trip will take place rain or shine. Election day is too close to have a rain date!
JOIN US: We hope that you will join us on the Shaheen Express on 10/18/14. Good company and all-around good cheer are guaranteed.
CONTACT: Katherine Judge, member of Boston Ward 5 Dems. moc.oohay|egdujak#moc.oohay|egdujak (617)367-8434

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Boston Ward 5 Delegation to the 2014 Democratic State Convention

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Tuesday September 2, 2014, 7:00pm Pre-primary Meeting

During our September meeting, the day after Labor Day and a week before the State Primary on the 9th, we will hear from the Democratic candidates running for Suffolk County Register of Probate. We will consider endorsements in this race. We also will be considering endorsements in the Democratic primary for District 3 Governor's Council. The meeting will be held at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square.

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Saturday August 9, 2014, 10am Talk up our Endorsed Candidates followed by Strategy Session*

The committee joins forces with the State Coordinated Democratic Campaign to visit with neighbors, talking with them about all of our endorsed candidates, as well as U.S. Senator Ed Markey. We will meet at the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets (by the Starbucks on Beacon Hill) at 10 a.m. Afterwards, there will be a nice "strategy session" (meaning we will grab lunch and beers) to catch up on our summer activities. Please gro.smed5drawnotsob|riahc#wonk riahc eht tel if you'll be joining us.

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Wednesday July 30, 2014, 7-9pm Roofdeck Meet & Greet Fundraiser for Mike Lake

Committee member Pat Vinter is hosting a roofdeck reception for Mike Lake, who has been endorsed by the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee to be our next Lt. Governor. We would love for you to attend and hear Mike's vision for the Commonwealth, and if you are so moved, donate to his campaign. The location is in the South End at 79 Chandler Street, between Clarendon and Berkeley Streets, very close to the Back Bay T station. Do come, Pat's roofdeck is amazing! Please gro.smed5drawnotsob|riahc#wonk riahc eht tel if you'll be attending.

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Tuesday June 17, 2014, 7:00pm Endorsements in State-wide and other contested races

At our June meeting we will consider endorsements in the state-wide races for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer—as well as endorsements in other contested races, including 7th Suffolk State Representative, Suffolk County Sheriff, and 3rd District Governor's Councilor. Candidates for these latter offices will be allowed to address the committee, with the exception of the 7th Suffolk incumbent, who spoke during our May meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square.

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Tuesday May 20, 2014, 7:00pm Ward 5 Legislative Delegation & Bill Galvin Address the Committee

At our May meeting we will hear from the state representatives and senators representing the Ward who are seeking re-election this year and from Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin. During the policy portion of the meeting, we will discuss the meaning of being a progressive, with invited guests exploring the topic with us.

The meeting will be held at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square.

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Tuesday April 22, 2014, 7:00pm Gubernatorial Candidates Address the Committee & Community

At the committee's regular April meeting, Boston residents in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, Fenway and Chinatown will have their best chance yet to see all the Democratic candidates vying to become the next Governor of Massachusetts. All five Democratic candidates will address the committee and members of the community. Ten minutes will be given for each candidate to speak and at least 3 minutes for Q&A. The candidates are: Joe Avellone, Don Berwick, Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman, and Juliette Kayyem.

The committee will not consider endorsements in statewide races until after the State Convention in June at a date to be determined. However, we will consider endorsements during the June committee meeting in races where candidates are running without opposition in the Democratic primary.

Following the candidate forum we will discuss the Elevate Boston Agenda, which focuses on issues that specifically impact women and girls, while affecting all residents of the city. Celia Segel from NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts will talk about the Agenda and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has been invited to summarize some Elevate Boston initiatives she is advancing.

Ahead of the meeting, you can read about the Elevate Boston agenda here.

The meeting will be held at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square.

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Tuesday March 18, 2014, 7:00pm Ward Committee Officers Election Meeting

This is an important meeting for Committee members to attend. With current terms expiring for officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and executive committee members, we will be holding elections for the new term. (Click here to see the new roster.)

Following those elections, we will hear from all the Democratic candidates running for Lieutenant Governor and from other special guests.

As always, we will be discussing membership matters as well, adopting a new budget and setting dues.

The meeting will be held at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square.

Please also note the dates of our upcoming meetings: April 22nd (4th Tuesday) and May 20th (3rd Tuesday), both at the usual 7PM.

Results State Party Convention Delegate Election Caucus

The Boston Ward 5 Democratic Caucus held February 8th elected the following delegation to the Democratic State Convention:

Female Delegates Male Delegates
Pat Amend George Alex
Nina Bollag Alex Bok
Fran Burke David Crossman
Stefane Desmond Mike Dash
Emelia Encallado Rich Davey
Kate Gallivan Paul Demakis
Kathy Judge Mike George
Elizabeth Leary Dave Greenwold
Pat Vinter Pat McDonough
Marty Walz Amit Shah
Hale Yazicioglu Rob Whitney
Josh Zakim
Female Alternates Male Alternates
Anna Goon Chris Donnelly
Helen O'Connor Ramon Trinidad

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Tuesday February 18, 2014, 7:00pm Regular Monthly Meeting

Three items are on the agenda for the meeting:

  • All candidates for Treasurer and Attorney General have been invited to address the Committee and to take questions. No endorsement vote will be taken.
  • We will discuss Membership matters.
  • Finally, we will discuss Councillor Michelle Wu's recent vote for City Council President and whether the Committee needs to take action in response.

The meeting will be held at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square. Please note: the church is striving to make the building more energy efficient and more comfortable. Consider making a donation to help their efforts.

Saturday February 8, 2014, 10:00am State Party Convention Delegate Election Caucus

Democrats in Boston’s Ward 5, which includes portions of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, Fenway and Chinatown, will caucus on Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square. The caucus will elect delegates to represent Democrats in the ward at the 2014 Massachusetts State Democratic Convention, scheduled for June 13 and 14 in Worcester.

Any Democrat registered to vote within the ward (verify here) by January 31, 2014 can be a delegate candidate at the caucus, but must be present to qualify.

For more information on the caucus, the delegate selection process, or the state Democratic party convention, visit www.massdems.org.

CONTACT: Ross Levanto, 617-510-4340, moc.liamtoh|otnavelr#moc.liamtoh|otnavelr

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Tuesday January 21, 2014, 7:00pm Welcome-the-New-Year Meeting

The committee will be selecting a slate of delegate candidates for the State Nominating Convention during this meeting. Please note that in order to be elected as a delegate, you must attend the caucus on February 8. If you are interested in being on the slate, please let the gro.smed5drawnotsob|riahc#riahc know. Be sure first that you can attend the convention at the DCU Center in Worcester on June 13-14!

The meeting, and the caucus on February 8, will be held at the Community Church of Boston, above The Globe at 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square.

For prior years events, see the News Archive

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