This municipal election season: vote for Democrats

The Newton Democratic City Committee's executive board recently voted unanimously to support the election of local candidates who are registered to vote as Democrats. While the election is non partisan - meaning there is no primary or official party nominee - the NDCC still urges voters to support candidates who are registered to vote as Democrats. 

Please see the the flyer below for a full listing - or click here to down load a version -  and share it as far and wide as you would like.  The municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. All Newton residents may vote. 

Why is the NDCC involved in this election? Read statements of support from members: "This year, I  am pleased that the leadership of the Newton Democratic City Committee is communicating about party values and its role in a Newton election.  Barbara John is an officer of the Democratic Party in Newton. In advocating for Democrats to win election, Barbara is doing her job as she has, with skill and enthusiasm,  for several years.  Precisely because the City Charter mandates non-partisan elections, the party leaders (and candidates not-so-much) are stressing this affiliation; the candidates don't emphasize their party membership because they know their constituents and supporters include Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens-Rainbow and unenrolled. And most of the time, municipal concerns for streets and sidewalks and budgets and retirement funds are not partisan issues.  This year, residential housing development upsets all categories.  Let me also note that getting appointed to a local board and getting elected to a non-partisan school committee are typical first rungs on the ladder to higher office. If, as a progressive Democrat, I want more progressives in the Massachusetts Legislature or in the U.S. Congress, then I have to campaign (just as hard if not harder!) for progressive Democrats running for the Newton Board of Aldermen. Finally, for the Charter to prohibit mention of political party would go too far toward limiting speech. I don't expect the Charter Commission to attempt such regulation.  From the bylaws of the Newton Democratic City Committee: The purposes of the City Committee shall be: a) to recruit, endorse, assist, and otherwise support Democratic candidates for public office; b) to build and strengthen the Democratic Party in Newton and beyond; c) to promote the objectives and interests of the Democratic Party in Newton and beyond; d) to maintain and encourage interest, registration, and activity in the Democratic Party; and e) to maintain and expand the influence of the Democratic Party in Newton and beyond. Catherine G. Willinger Newton Ward 2 Precinct 4 As a Democrat who would like to avoid electing anyone who has the slightest chance of strengthening the Republican party, even at the grass roots "non-partsan" level, I appreciate knowing who the Dems are, and I expect that information to come from the organization I joined --the Democratic City Committee -- for the express purpose of being informed of who the true blue Dems are so that I may vote for them (or perhaps an Independent who impresses me). I am grateful for that list. I prefer Democrats to fill my potholes. Patty Kellogg Manchester Road    

Why is the NDCC involved in this election? Read statements of support from members:

"This year, I  am pleased that the leadership of the Newton Democratic City Committee is communicating about party values and its role in a Newton election.  Barbara John is an officer of the Democratic Party in Newton. In advocating for Democrats to win election, Barbara is doing her job as she has, with skill and enthusiasm,  for several years.  Precisely because the City Charter mandates non-partisan elections, the party leaders (and candidates not-so-much) are stressing this affiliation; the candidates don't emphasize their party membership because they know their constituents and supporters include Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens-Rainbow and unenrolled. And most of the time, municipal concerns for streets and sidewalks and budgets and retirement funds are not partisan issues.  This year, residential housing development upsets all categories.  Let me also note that getting appointed to a local board and getting elected to a non-partisan school committee are typical first rungs on the ladder to higher office. If, as a progressive Democrat, I want more progressives in the Massachusetts Legislature or in the U.S. Congress, then I have to campaign (just as hard if not harder!) for progressive Democrats running for the Newton Board of Aldermen. Finally, for the Charter to prohibit mention of political party would go too far toward limiting speech. I don't expect the Charter Commission to attempt such regulation. 

From the bylaws of the Newton Democratic City Committee:

The purposes of the City Committee shall be:
a) to recruit, endorse, assist, and otherwise support Democratic candidates for public office; b) to build and strengthen the Democratic Party in Newton and beyond; c) to promote the objectives and interests of the Democratic Party in Newton and beyond; d) to maintain and encourage interest, registration, and activity in the Democratic Party; and e) to maintain and expand the influence of the Democratic Party in Newton and beyond.

Catherine G. Willinger
Newton
Ward 2 Precinct 4

As a Democrat who would like to avoid electing anyone who has the slightest chance of strengthening the Republican party, even at the grass roots "non-partsan" level, I appreciate knowing who the Dems are, and I expect that information to come from the organization I joined --the Democratic City Committee -- for the express purpose of being informed of who the true blue Dems are so that I may vote for them (or perhaps an Independent who impresses me). I am grateful for that list. I prefer Democrats to fill my potholes.

Patty Kellogg
Manchester Road