The Democratic State Convention this year is going to be fun and exciting. Governor Deval Patrick will be the keynote speaker. It will be great to have a sitting Massachusetts Governor address us. Other big news is that every paid delegate can bring a guest at no charge. The party sent out this accouncement…
I want to call your attention to a great opportunity to get more people involved in the State Democratic Party. In an effort to open the 2007 Action Agenda Convention to many grassroots activists, every paid delegate will be allowed to bring a guest at no charge. Delegates who choose to invite a guest should register at www.massdems.org or contact the party office at (617)776-2676.
In a move forward, the “Delegate Guide”, formerly known as the “Call to Convention” , is accessible on-line. This has been discussed on BMG in the past, and is now a reality. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Convention, and possibly attending as a guest of delegate, can read about it here. Kudos to John Walsh for making this information accessible and available to all.
I can’t speak for all the candidates in the Fifth Congressional District, but it’s a good guess that they will be present. Certainly the candidate that I have endorsed, Jamie Eldridge, will be pressing the flesh. This is likely to be a great chance to meet all the candidates. Whether or not you live and vote in the Fifth, this is a chance to get involved in a race that will make a difference for all of us. Special elections are great opportunities for activists.
For first time delegates, or anyone, the regional group, the Middlesex and Worcester Democratic Coalition, is conducting a delegate training and Convention overview session on May 8, at 7:00 PM at the Portuguese Club, at 13 Port Street, Hudson, MA. People tell me that this has been very helpful in past years.
So if you would like to attend the convention, and don’t know any delegates, contact your local Democratic Chair. If for whatever reason, there are no opportunities in your community, please contact me and I will work to connect you with a delegate so that you can attend as a guest. I can be reached at KateDonaghue@aol.com .
A few highlights of the convention, not in the Guide, include the pre-convention party in Springfield on Friday evening. Lt. Governor Tim Murray, together with the Springfield Legislative Delegation invite you to a Pre-Convention Party on May 18th at 8:00 PM at Center Court in the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA. Join them for light hors d’oeuvres, music and cash bar. There are not final details on the workshops, but they will cover a variety of topics.
So come to hear Governor Patrick, come to meet Congressional candidates, come to learn how to be a more effective activist, come to network, come to party, but do come!