Somerville, MA – The Progressive Democrats of Somerville have weighed in on two key ballot questions in the November election. PDS members voted to support the Vote NO on Question 1 campaign which is working hard to defeat the elimination of the state income tax. PDS members know how dire the elimination of the state income tax would be to our schools and other critical services. PDS Vice-Chairperson Rachel Heller summed it up by saying, “Just imagine if your family lost 40% of its budget next year, what kind of impact would that have on what you can afford? Our city cannot afford this kind of budget catastrophe.”
PDS members also voted to support the Vote YES on Question 3 campaign that is working to eliminate greyhound dog racing in Massachusetts. Thirty-four (34) other states have outlawed greyhound racing and proponents of this initiative in Massachusetts are working to end this sport that caused over 800 greyhounds to be injured in violent and sometimes fatal collisions since 2002.
The close to 40 members who attended the monthly PDS meeting came together to endorse in these ballot questions, celebrate the primary victory of PDS member Rep. Carl Sciortino over Alderman Bob Trane, hear from the Somerville for Obama campaign and to make four other key endorsements in uncontested local races.
“PDS members were proud to endorse Sen. Pat Jehlen, Sen. Anthony Galluccio, Rep. Denise Provost, and Rep. Tim Toomey in their bids for reelection this November. As one of the leading progressive voices in our community, we look forward to continuing our work with our local delegation.” said Marty Martinez, PDS Chairperson.
The organization looks forward to organizing around these key ballot questions and continue its work to elect progressive Democrats to all levels of office.