Tewksbury Democratic Caucus

Democrats in Tewksbury today gathered at the town library this morning to conduct a caucus to elect delegates to the 2014 Democratic State Convention which will be held on June 13 and 14 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Candidates running for statewide office must receive the votes of more than 15% of the delegates at that convention in order to proceed to the ballot in the primary election.

Tewksbury is allocated 15 delegates. Seven must be men, seven women and three alternates (one male, one female and one of either gender). The seven men elected delegates today were Brent Conway, Vincent Fratalia, Bill Deignan, Mark Kratman, Richard Menard, Phil Shea and Dan Wandell. The female delegates were Rita O’Brien Dee, Lorna Garey, Joan Unger, Donna Bell, Mary-Ann O’Brien Nichols, JoAnn Blount and Karin Theodoros Zaroulis. The male alternate was Miles Caverdale Jr, the female alternate was Rosemary McCormack and the third alternate was Paul Harrington.

The Lowell caucus will be held next Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11 am at Lowell High School. Any Lowell voter who was registered as a Democrat as of January 31, 2014 may participate.

Caucus attendees in background; guests in foreground

5 Responses to Tewksbury Democratic Caucus

  1. Marie says:

    Thanks for the caucus coverage and the photos, Dick. The selection of delegates went well under the guiding hand of our new Chair Cathy Dwyer. Lots of participation of the old guard and newer residents! JoAnn Blount was also elected a female delegate with Miles Caverdale, Jr. as a male alternate. It was a very good opening day for the Democratic delegate selection process 2-week window across the Commonwealth.

  2. DickH says:

    On Facebook, someone asked if any of the delegates committed to a particular candidate. Here’s how I responded: Because Tewksbury is in Barry Finegold ‘s district, the overwhelming sentiment of the delegates seemed to be supporting him for Treasurer. The women delegates didn’t give speeches so they didn’t declare. The men did speak but most didn’t ID a gubernatorial candidate. One said he was with Juliette N. Kayyem the other (who became an alternate) was with Donald Berwick who visited the caucus as did John Tierney for Congress, state senate candidate Barbara L’Italien and the local register of deeds (me)

  3. Phi Shea says:

    I thought Cathy Dwyer did a great job of running the caucus and State Comm Women Marie Sweeney was a ” helpful guiding hand “. Discussion was interesting/helpful on by laws.