Some people watch for crocuses to mark the beginning of spring. I watch for caucuses to mark the real beginning of the campaign season.
This year the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention will be held on June 2 in Springfield. Democrats will attend a candidate for US Senate to replace Scott Brown.
Attend a caucus in your town or ward. Support great delegate candidates, or run to be a delegate to the state convention.
If you have not been involved with your local Democratic Party, this is a great way to start. I’m finding many communities where the “usual suspects” are saying that if new people are interested, they will step aside to encourage new people to become involved. In other places, many regular delegates will be running but there will be opportunities to run for alternate. Most alternates attend the Convention, sit with other delegates and have the same experience as delegates. Often alternates become delegates.
Caucuses will continue until February 26. Most will happen on February 11, but others will be held over the course of the next two weeks.
I thought I would make this an open thread about caucuses on Saturday. If people want to play, tell us about your first caucus.
I remember my first caucus. Back in 1982 the caucuses were hugely attended and big news while Mike Dukakis and Ed King were in a rematch. What I recall is sitting with a neighbor who was encouraging me to join the DTC in my town. I had no idea what she was talking about. How things have changed!