On February 15, North Andover Democrats gathered at Stevens Memorial Library to caucus and elect delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention. The caucus was joined by candidates for local and statewide offices, including Setti Warren, and Tram Nguyen.
On February 15, North Andover Democrats held their caucus to elect 13 delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention that will take place at the DCU Center in Worcester on June 1st and 2nd, 2018.
In addition to the 13 elected delegates, 4 alternate delegates were also selected. NADTC office holders qualify as ex officio delegates. Anyone interested in applying to be an Add-On Delegate can do so until March 23.
This year’s delegates and alternate delegates are:
Elaine Almquist (ex officio)
Philip D’Agati (alternate)
Mark DiSalvo (ex officio)
Lauren K. Foley
John S. Fouhy
Helen Fuller (alternate)
Bryan M. Hanssen
Phyllis Jones (alternate)
Ron Kravette (alternate)
Michael T. Lis
Trish Melvin (ex officio)
Lucius C. Michel
Helaine B. Posnick
Congratulations to all the delegates and thank you to everyone who attended this year’s caucus!
The North Andover Democratic Town Committee would like to extend an invitation to you for our annual North Andover Democratic Town Committee Breakfast, as well as offer an opportunity for representatives and candidates to address our attendees.
Sunday, March 4, 9:00 AM
North Andover Country Club
500 Great Pond Road, North Andover
The annual breakfast is a celebration of Democratic values and Democrats in our community. Proceeds from this event support a scholarship awarded each year to a senior graduating from North Andover High School.
Tickets: $30 per person (children under 5 are free). Groups are encouraged to reserve a table. Contact the NADTC for more information.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m., the buffet begins at 9:30 a.m. Guests will be treated to a hot buffet breakfast. After 10:00 the Mimosa & Bloody Mary bar will be open as well.
After breakfast, guests will hear from many of our local and state Democratic officials and candidates, including congressman Seth Moulton. This is one of the most anticipated parts of the breakfast, and we are proud that each year we attract a strong representation of our local and state officials. We will also be conducting a straw poll in which any ticket-holder will be able to participate.
In addition to raising money for our local scholarship, and creating a forum for our Democratic leaders, we will be honoring our 2017 North Andover Democrats of the Year.
Join us on Thursday, February 15 at the Stevens Memorial Library, 1st Floor, for our 2018 NADTC Caucus!
- 7:00 – 7:15 NADTC meeting
- 7:15 – 7:45 On-site Democratic Party Registration
- 7:45 – 9:45 (estimated) Caucus and Delegate Elections
The Democratic State Convention will be held on June 1st and 2nd in Worcester, at the DCU Center. Those elected today will represent our community at the convention. 2018’s Convention is an “Endorsing Convention,” sometimes called a “Nominating Convention.” This means that statewide candidates who receive 15% of Delegate votes at the convention will be on the Democratic Primary ballot in September 2018.
Anyone who completed the registration process prior to the Caucus and has either verified their status as a registered Democrat in the community, or otherwise registered as a Democrat, is eligible to take part in our Caucus.
During our Caucus, we will be electing 6 female delegates, 6 male delegates, and 1 male or female delegate for a total of 13 elected delegates. We will also be electing 4 alternate delegates.
To run for Delegate or Alternate, you:
- Must be a registered or pre-registered Democrat in North Andover by the time of the Caucus. You can register as a Democrat onsite beginning at 7:15 until the Caucus begins at 7:45.
- Must be present at the caucus (the only exception is for persons serving in U.S. Armed Forces, who must have advised the Chair by February 1st of their desire for consideration)
- To be a Delegate or Alternate, you cannot have publicly supported or endorsed any candidate opposing a nominee of the Democratic Party in the current or previous partisan election. If one were to have done this in a Statewide or Presidential race, they cannot be elected Delegate or Alternate for 4 years; for all other offices, 2 years.
- Certain Democratic Party leaders and elected officials are considered “Ex-Officio” Delegates, meaning they do not have to run at Caucus to become Delegates, and meaning that they do not count against the community’s total allotted number of Delegates.
Those planning or considering a run for Delegate or Alternate today should ensure that they are available on Friday evening, June 1st if possible, and all day on Saturday, June 2nd, to participate in the Convention in Worcester. Nominating conventions can sometimes run long, and Delegates are expected to remain at Convention all day on Saturday. Please note that if you leave after the morning Roll Call, Alternate Delegates cannot take your place; Delegate/ Alternate switches only happen during the morning Roll Call.
Caucus rules are set by the Democratic State Committee. Note that the full rules, called the “Method of Selecting Delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention,” are available for anyone to review. These rules are also online at the State Party’s website, MassDems.org
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