This is what Newton Dems are saying....



Message from Shawn Fitzgibbons and Sharon Stout about NDCC leadership elections

Dear NDCC Members,

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 29th at Newton South High School the NDCC will hold an organizational meeting to elect its officers for a two-year term running from 2014 to 2016. All members of Newton's 8 Democratic Ward Committees have the opportunity to attend and vote for the NDCC's leadership. We hope to see you there.

As we have noted in a previous email, we are running together to serve as leaders of the NDCC for the next two-year term. We are excited about the opportunity to work together on behalf of the Committee and hope to provide welcoming, energetic leadership that will grow interest in our local party and strengthen our campaign organization.

On the 29th, a number of other offices besides the ones we seek will also be elected. In writing today we would like to share our endorsement of the following slate of officers. We hope you will agree that this is a great team to lead the NDCC going forward in 2014 and beyond!

  • Chairs: Shawn Fitzgibbons (for chair) and Sharon Stout (for co-chair)
  • Vice-Chair: Holly Ryan
  • Treasurer: Bill Sage
  • Secretary: Robert Fitzpatrick
  • Corresponding Secretary: Margie Ross Decter
  • District Vice-Chair (3,4,5,6): Joan McGrath
  • District Vice-Chair (1,2,7,8): Carol Fulton
  • Affirmative Action and Outreach Officers: Amy Sangiolo (for officer) and Cecelia Burks (for co-officer)
During campaign 2014 we will do our utmost to help deliver Newton votes to the many great Democrats running for office, while at the same time continuing to energize, grow and build our party in the future. We hope to have the chance to serve you as leaders of the NDCC and welcome your involvement and input in everything we do!

Thank you,
Shawn Fitzgibbons and Sharon Stout and


Invitation from Ward 5 Dem Marcia Cooper: support recycling education

New Volunteer Project – Recycling Education

Green Decade Newton, in collaboration with the City of Newton Department of Public Works, is seeking numerous volunteers (16 years and older) to walk in pairs around Newton’s neighborhoods, while adhering “recycling education stickers” onto all residential green bins, during the spring and summer months.  Maps will be provided and work will be conducted primarily in the morning hours. The “Recycle Sticker Project” will help remind everyone on what may or may not be placed in our green bins. Funding for the stickers has been provided by Green Decade, Whole Foods Market and Waste Management with a goal to raise awareness about recycling…not only to benefit our environment, but to also reap substantial financial savings on the cost of disposing the City’s trash. So, if you enjoy spending time outdoors and want to help increase participation in Newton’s recycling program, please contact to volunteer.  


Invitation from Ward 1 Dem Susan Davidoff and Progressive Newton

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick will hold a Medicare for All Town Hall Meeting at Boston University’s Bakst Auditorium on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. The event will allow Berwick to discuss his proposal for Medicare for all, single payer health care, and to hear directly from voters. Parking is available at the BU Medical School Garage. 710 Albany Street.

What: Don Berwick’s Medicare for All Town Hall

When: Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 PM

Where: Bakst Auditorium • Boston University
School of Medicine • 72 E. Concord St.


Jonathan Edwards ends campaign for Lt. Governor, citing health issues

We thank him for his willingness to run and serve and wish him well! Article here.


Invite from Rep. Kay Khan

All are invited to the Newton Cultural Alliance's fundraiser featuring Congressman Joe Kennedy and Ed Harding from NewsCenter5.



Invitation from W7 Dem Ald. Ruthanne Fuller

Event in support of Steve Grossman's campaign for Governor featuring Howard Dean:

Meredith DeWitt ♦ David Feinberg ♦ Ruthanne Fuller
Candy & Stanley Glazer ♦ Howard Horton ♦ Stan Kaplan 
Richard Levin ♦ Yadira & Todd Patkin 
Jonathan Shapira ♦ Betsy & Martin Solomon 
Francoise & Jay Theise 
(Host Committee in Formation) 
nvite you to a reception with 
Treasurer Steve Grossman Democrat for Governor 
With Special Guest 
Governor Howard Dean
 Friday, April 4 
5:00– 6:30 PM 
Boston Park Plaza Hotel 50 Park Plaza 
Boston, MA 
  Patron: $500  Friend: $250  Young Professional: $125  Activist: $50 
Please RSVP to Liz Gomes by phone at (774) 826-8437 or by e-mail at or online at  



Elections Update from Priscilla Leith, former NDCC Chair

Since Priscilla's last update there have been changes through special elections in the US House, particularly in Florida. Click here for all the details. Also she has the full picture for the US House and US Senate. Click the links for the full reports. Her analysis - it's anybody's game at this point!


Invite from W1 Dem Chuck Cobb: Fundraiser for Warren Tolman

Dear Friend,

I'm inviting people over to my house at 39 Churchill Street Newton 02460 after work on Tuesday April 8, from 6:30 - 7:30 for an event  to support Attorney General candidate Warren Tolman and if you'd like to come, I'd love to see you. 

Warren Tolman has a record of integrity and experience and I believe he has the judgment for the important job of Attorney General.  

Come on over and say hello and join in with other supporters of Warren's candidacy. 

Chuck Cobb
6:30PM – 7:30PM 
Suggested Contribution*: 
Host: $500  Sponsor $250  Guest: $100 
With questions and to RSVP, please contact Katie Hess at or (617) 303‐0347.  
Contribute online at 
Please make checks payable to the Committee to Elect Warren Tolman 
 and mail to: The Committee to Elect Warren Tolman 
c/o Julia Hoffman 
185 Devonshire St, Ste 601 
Boston, MA 02110 
*State law limits contributions by lobbyists to $200



Save the Date: Annual Mass Dems Roosevelt Awards Dinner

Questions? Contact Sharon Stout, Democratic State Committee, at



Invitation from Ward 1 Dem Susan Davidoff and Progressive Newton

All Newton Dems are encouraged to attend the following events organized by Progressive Massachusetts and their local effiliate Progressive Newton.

  • This Saturday at 2 pm is the free screening of Inequality for All at the Wellesley Free Library, with a talk afterwards by Mac D'Alessandro.  We will be asking for donations to cover our cost, but mostly we want to encourage anyone would like to see it. For more information and to RSVP please go to:
  • Next Wednesday at 10 am is the Raise Up the Minimum Wage Lobby Day at the State House.  Folks will be meeting at the Church on the Hill at Bowdoin Street, then going together to the State House.  This is an important event coming at a crucial time and it would be great to have lots of people there.
    For more information, go to Raise Up's page on FB.
  • Finally, April 6 is Progressive Massachusetts 2nd Annual Policy Conference on a "Shared Prosperity Agenda". Congressman Jim McGovern will be giving the keynote, there will be two sets of workshops led by key policymakers and organizers working on housing, jobs, health care, revenue, and education.  There will be lots of opportunity for people to network over lunch and then at the end of the day there will be a forum with 4 of the 5 gubernatorial candidates.  We have left time for questions at the end. For more information, go to:

Invitation from Ald. Jay Harney: Organizing meeting with Deb Goldberg

Deb Goldberg for Treasurer Volunteer Organizing Meeting
Mick Morgan's Irish Pub
118 Needham Street
Newton, MA

Saturday, March 29th
2:00 to 4:00 pm

Register here!

All are welcome!


Invitation from Rachel Sobel and David Whelan: Meet Barry Finegold

An invitation to all Newton Democrats to meet State Senator Barry Finegold, candidate for Treasurer of Massachusetts, at their home on 47 Avondale Road on Sunday, March 30, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. All are welcome. The event is free.

Questions, RSVP to


Invitation from Rep. Kay Khan and Martina Jackson: Meet Warren Tolman

Please join Rep. Kay Khan on from 4:30-6:00,  Sunday, March 30th, 18 St. Mary Street, Newton Lower Falls, to meet Warren Tolman, candidate for Massachusetts Attorney General. All are welcome.


Meet Deb Goldberg, candidate for Treasurer, in Newton on April 2

The NDCC, is hosting or co-hosting a series of conversations with Democratic candidates for statewide office in Massachusetts. The forums are designed to give voters a chance to hear from, meet and ask questions of candidates running for statewide office in a personal, informal setting. Most events will be held at the Auburndale Community Library. All candidates are invited to participate in a "Conversation" event and all interested citizens are welcome to attend.

April 2: Conversation with Deb Goldberg, candidate for Treasurer 

The Newton Democratic City Committee invites you to the first in what will be a series of Conversation with the Candidates events that will allow voters the chance to hear from and talk with those running for statewide office as Democrats. Please join Alderman Jay Harney and School Committee Vice Chairperson Margie Ross-Decter, along with co-hosts Representatives Kay Khan and Ruth Balser, Board of Alderman Vice President Cheryl Lappin, Aldermen Emily Norton, Amy Sangiolo, Jay Ciccone, Marcia Johnson, John Rice, Vicki Danberg, David Kalis, and School Committee Member Margaret Albright in welcoming Deb Goldberg, candidate for State Treasurer, to the first event that will take place on:

  • Wednesday, April 2nd at 7:30 PM at the Auburndale Community Library

This will be a great opportunity to come and meet Deb Goldberg, to learn about her background and talk with her about why she is running for the office of State Treasurer. All are welcome.



Ever wonder how our chances are looking for taking the US House? Controlling the Senate?

Look no further than former NDCC Chair Priscilla Leith's national update. A note from her is below. Click here for the Senate update, here for the House update and here for the off year elections update.

Updates attached that I just completed this afternoon, for posting when you can do it.  I'll work on the U.S. Congressional races in the next few days.
The financial reports to the FEC are now on the website I use to get current information.  I missed a big development when I was out of the country... that Sen. Max Baucus (MT) resigned on 2/6/14, and then the Gov of MT appointed his Lt. Governor, who was already a candidate, to fill the seat until the end of the year.  He was already a candidate in the primary, so that give him a real boost for fundraising between now and November and make it more likely for a Democratic win in MT.
     Also, Sen. Kay Hagan INC) has done very well in her fundraising and seems to be well ahead of the Republican pack of candidates there... a fairly impressive change in the dynamics.
   The bad news is in West Virginia, where Sen. Rockefeller is not running, and Cong Shelly Moore Capito is way ahead in fundraising, way ahead of any Democratic candidates.