The following is a press release from the Massachusetts Democratic Party. It has been lightly edited.
The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee met Saturday in Dorchester to elect a new slate of grassroots leaders to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s governing body.
“I congratulate the state committee members elected on Saturday,” Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said. “They are a mix of experienced veterans and emerging leaders from across the Commonwealth. Democratic State Committee members are the glue that holds our grassroots party together and their leadership will be essential to winning in November.”
Members of the Democratic State Committee are elected to four-year terms in three different ways. One man and one woman are elected for each state senate district by voters in the presidential primary election. An additional man and woman are elected from each state senate district by a caucus of local grassroots Democrats. Finally, additional at-large members are elected to represent diverse communities throughout the Commonwealth by members of the state committee.
On Saturday, members were elected to ensure that the racial and gender balance of the committee reflects the population of the Commonwealth. Members were also elected to represent the LGBT community, college students, youth, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and organized labor.
“Time and again, Massachusetts voters have demonstrated that they like our ideas and our candidates better and that’s because we work hard to make sure that the Massachusetts Democratic Party reflects the Commonwealth,” Walsh said. “If we want to keep Massachusetts and the nation moving forward, we must start by building a party where everyone is welcome and everyone is represented.”
The following members were added to the Democratic State Committee on Saturday:
Organized Labor: John Dumas, Daniel Manning, Ed Mills, Steven Tolman, Paul Toner, Angela Cristiani, Cathaleen Ashton, Donna Kelly-Williams, Mary Richards, Cathy Dwyer
Veterans: Samuel Poulton, Adrianna Baltimore
Youth: Jim DiTulio, Philip DeCologero, Dylan Hayre, Jason Palitsch, Elaine Almquist, Jesse Mermell, Kate Moore, Sam Shusterman
Seniors: Russ Ashton, Ruth Shapiro
Affirmative Action: Felix Arroyo, Leland Cheung, Leonard Cooper, Brian Corr, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Harry Kortikere, Sam Liao, Mushtaque Mirza, Arthur Natella, Robert Pierce, Jr., Mel Poindexter, Tootsie Russell, Jonathan Santiago, Benjmin Swan, Randall Tatum, Henry Twiggs, Parwed Wahid, Nazda Alam, Sandi Bagley, Kate Change, Cheryl Crawford, Linda Dorcena-Ferry, Marilyn Flowers, Charlotte Golar-Richie, Dorothea Jones, Linda Monteiro, Faye Morrison, Sheneal Parker, Tina Poindexter, Lucy Rivera, Meiko Rollins, Denise Simmons, Beverly Wah O’Brien, Michelle Wu
LGBT: Matt Murray, Tom Barbera, Stephen Driscoll, Paul Giorgio, Shawn Hartman, Thomas McGrath, Rhonda Bourne, Dori Dean, Dee Dee Edmondson, Barbara Hoffman, Karen Payne, Diego Sanchez, Tina Stanton, Holly Ryan-Caffray
Gender Balance: Adeline Bee, Mara Dolan, Lida Harkins, Toody Healy, Martina Jackson, Dorothy Kelly Gay, Nicole LaChapelle, Patty Marcus, Karen O’Donnell, Lois Pines, Ann Roosevelt, Rosemary Sandlin, Corinne Wingard
College Students: David LeBoeuf, Will Poff-Webster, Romya Kumar, Kendell Hope Tucker
People with Disabilities: Robert Cassidy, Cheryl Cumings
French Speaking: Bob LeBlanc
Portugese Speaking: Antonio Cabral, Ilma Paixao