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2017 Caucus

Democrats in Wayland held a caucus on March 5th, to select delegates to the 2017 Democratic State Convention, to be held in Worcester June 3 at the DCU Center, . The following were elected delegates:

The following were elected to be alternates at the State Convention:

The following are ex-officio delegates to the convention:

In the business meeting following the caucus, the following were elected members of the Wayland Democratic Town Committee:

A Disastrous Election

The election of Donald Trump was a disaster for our country and for our planet. We have had terrible leaders before, but (unless he undergoes a metamorphosis) none as bad as Trump. He is a racist bigot, serial sexual predator, incapable of understanding the complexities of the job he faces.

Here in Massachusetts we fare far better, re-electing our all-Democratic Congress People and voting the right way on the state-wide referenda questions. Our State Representative Carmine Gentile had no opposition so he will continue to represent us well.

Here are some photos from Election Day:

2016 Caucus

Democrats in Wayland held a caucus on March 5th, to select delegates to the 2016 Democratic State Convention, to be held in Lowell June 4 at the Tsongas Arena. The following were elected delegates:

The following were elected to be alternates at the State Convention:

2015 Caucus

Democrats in Wayland held a caucus on June 6th, to select delegates to the 2015 Democratic State Convention, to be held in Springfield September 19 at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street. The following were elected delegates:

The following was elected to be an alternate at the State Convention:

Photos from the Caucus:

Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 4

Be sure to vote, and vote Democratic.

Annual Picnic on Sunday, August 3

At the home of Steve Garone. This was a great success. Several candidates (including Tom Conroy and all Democratic candidates for State Representative and State Senate) attended.

2014 Caucus

Democrats in Wayland held a caucus on March 1st, and elected the following delegates to the Democratic State Convention, to be held in Worcester on June 13,14:

The following were elected to be alternates at the State Convention:

Victory — Katherine Clark Elected

On December 10, voters of the 5th Congressional District elected Katherine Clark to be our new Congresswoman. Congratulations Congressperson Clark on your overwhelming victory! And congratulations to our voters for choosing so wisely!

Victory — Markey carries Wayland

40% of Wayland voters went to the polls on June 25. Ed Markey received 63.8% of the Wayland vote.

Markey Campaign comes to Wayland

Katrina Godis and Katie Iyanian

Markey Campaign workers Katrina Godis and Katie Iyanian gave a presentation at our monthly business meeting. Both are graduates of Wayland High School. They stressed the importance of person to person voter contact. Canvassing should target our voters (committed to or leaning toward Markey), not try to change minds. Our voters should be reminded how important it is to vote on June 25.

2013 Caucus

Democrats in Wayland held a caucus on March 2nd, and elected the following delegates to the Democratic State Convention, to be held in Lowell on July 13:

Michael Gilbraeth, as the chair of the Wayland Democratic Town Committee, is an ex-officio delegate. He cannot attend the convention, so the vice-chair, Matt Shear, will go in his place.

We also elected the following alternates:

Wayland for Warren

We canvassed, phone banked, and conducted visibilities for Elizabeth Warren for United States Senate.

And WE WON!! — thanks to the efforts of Democrats across the state who worked to elect a great candidate who will be a great senator!!

Wayland Visibility for Elizabeth Warren and Obama-Biden

2012 Caucus

Democrats in Wayland held a caucus on February 25th, and elected the following delegates to the Democratic State Convention, to be held in Springfield on June 2nd:

Michael Gilbraeth, as the chair of the Wayland Democratic Town Committee, is an ex-officio delegate.

We also elected the following alternates:

WDTC Meeting Minutes

Here are minutes from our recent meetings:

Tom Conroy’s Health Care Forum

Click here to view the slides that were presented at the forum. They are full of interesting information and statistics.

Meeting with our new Congressman

Edward Markey is not new to one of Wayland’s four precincts, but beginning in 2013, his district will represent all of Wayland. Recently he met with members of our committee:

Congressman Ed Markey with Wayland Constituents

Victory in Massachusetts in 2010!

In the words of our former chairman Jon Saxton:

“I am pleased more than I can say to know that we here in MA have reasserted ourselves as a bastion of sanity and progress in the current sea of fear and idiocy. Also glad to see signs of sanity in NY and CT and in other areas of New England. I wanted to take a moment to thank the many, many Wayland Dems members and volunteers for a truly heroic effort in this election cycle and for everyone’s steadfastness in the face of so much media-enhanced hype and distortion by and on behalf of the Republicans and Tea party.

“Just prior to the elction, our Town Republican co-chair gleefully, if not hysterically, yelled to some of us during mutual visibility stints in town center that there was going to be a tsunami in MA. Well, the storm has passed and we are not just intact, but we are now the beacon of how to fight back effectively agains the new wave of Reaction.

“Congratulations to all of us.”

All or our statewide candidates, and all of our Congress people won handily. The Scott Brown wannabees were all wiped out.

Sad Farewell to Ted Kennedy

A year ago, we lost our great Senator, Edward M. Kennedy.

Born of privilege and first elected in 1962 because of his family name, he became a strong and successful champion of the rights of the poor, the dispossessed, and the discriminated against, a “kind and tender hero” (in the words of President Obama), gentle and compassionate, a voice for the voiceless, and one of the greatest legislators in American history. “John Kennedy inspired us, Robert Kennedy challenged us, and Edward Kennedy changed America.”

Ted, we will miss you, more than we can say.

At the Tsongas Tsummer celebration

Dennis and Joanne Berry, Niki Tsongas, Jon Saxton at Tsongas Tsummer celebration

Dennis and Joanne Berry, Niki Tsongas, and Jon Saxton

Go to Events page for photos of our 2009 picnic

WDTC members at the state convention, June 6

Russ Ashton and Matt Shear Ed O’Reilly and Susan Hager
Russ Ashton and Matt Shear Ed O’Reilly and Susan Hager

WDTC members with our new T Shirts at our Breakfast, May 15

WDTC members at Breakfast, wearing our new T Shirts

Prepared for the next campaign!

Our Purpose

Electioneering - This is the actual work of supporting candidates and their campaigns. This includes all the work that town committees typically do, including sign holding, mailings, telephoning, and local networking.

Candidate Qualification - We should be a resource for new potential candidates. Based on our experience with recent elections, and with our unique local perspective, we can provide advice and expertise, as well as person power. We need to maintain a database of voters in our town, and work with committees in surrounding towns to advise and support new candidacies.

Committee Development - In order to do this work, we must strengthen our membership and enhance our visibility to the public.

Fundraising - We must have enough funds to support these activities, and to run ads in the local media. We plan to host major fundraising events for statewide candidates.

Town Committees are the backbone of grass roots politics. With the advent of the Clean Elections system, the grass roots can become more important to candidates than wealthy contributors.

With the Bush administration pretending that they have a mandate to serve the rich and powerful, we must organize locally to represent the rest of us.

We must provide a vehicle for support of Democratic ideals and opposition to unfair Republican policies.

Designed and developed by Archit Agarwal and Michael Bate.
WDTC Photography by Michael Bate