First, the State Party improved the available information enormously over previous years. Note that seating arrangements, and dormitory rooms for $25.00 a night were available, with the information online.
In terms of creature comforts, this was the best convention I have attended, with free parking, well organized disability support, and plentiful food that even accommodated gluten free diets. Kudos to John Walsh, Stacy Monahan, Glorabell Mota, and the wonderful interns and volunteers who transported and picked up delegates who needed wheelchairs, interpreted for those who needed sign language, and so much more.
As to the results, Steve Grossman was nominated for the Treasurer by the convention; he pooled well over 3000 votes to his opponents barely more than 500 (both candidates will be on the ballot as the non-nominated candidate polled 15.24%)
There is no endorsed candidate for State Auditor. Susanne Bump received 1568 votes, Guy Glodis received 1518 votes, and Mike Lake received somewhat over 900 votes – so all three will be on the ballot.
In the interests of full disclosure, I voted for Steve Grossman and Mike Lake, having decided for whom to vote at the Convention itself. I was moved by the video presentations combined with the stump speeches of the candidates; in both cases I felt I gleaned insights into life stories and plans for how to fulfill the offices sought of which I approved.
In Steve Grossman’s story and presentation, he made clear he planned to be a team player, with the Governor “like a CEO” and the treasurer “like a CFO” – a team with no silos.
In Mike Lake’s story and presentation, I became aware that Mike’s father had died when he was in elementary school, and he had grown up fast, and taken responsibility rather than feeling sorry for himself as some might do. The concept of energy audits, and use of technology to function at a state and regionalized level is very appealing.
Governor Patrick and Lt. Gov. Murray were unanimously endorsed for a second term to finish getting the job done.