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Join us at the Topsfield Democratic Caucus!

February 4, 2022

Topsfield Democrats will hold a virtual caucus on Tuesday, February 15, at 7PM to elect three Delegates and three Alternates to the 2022 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. Participation requires Zoom registration here. Log in begins 30 minutes before the designated start time.

You must be a registered or pre-registered Topsfield Democrat as of February 4, 2022 to be eligible to run as, and/or vote for, Delegates and Alternates. A pre-registered voter is one who will be at least age 16 by February 15, 2022. One male, one female, and one of any gender are sought for election.

The Convention will take place on Saturday, June 4th at the DCU Center in Worcester and will include a virtual option for participation. Democrats from across the state will gather to endorse candidates for statewide office ahead of the November 2022 elections.

The Massachusetts Democratic Party has a competitive list of worthy candidates seeking State-wide offices in 2022. Each candidate needs 15% of the delegates at the MA Convention in June, to appear on the Primary ballot in September. When you participate in our caucus on February 15, you have a voice in the choice of candidates on the Primary ballot. Please visit the candidates' websites, and consider attending and/or running for delegate or alternate.

The Democratic Committee welcomes all eligible participants. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals who are not elected at the caucus may apply to be add-on delegates at the caucus or at www.massdems.org.

Please contact Topsfield Democratic Committee Chair Heidi Fox at contact@topsfielddems.org for additional information.

Climate Change Activism in 2022

January 21, 2022

Join our neighbors in the Boxford DTC for their 5th Annual Speaker Series interactive Zoom event, Thursday, January 27, at 7PM.
Register here for access to the event.

Congratulations, Representative Jamie Belsito!

December 1, 2021

The following is Jamie's response to her election victory on November 30th as posted on her Facebook page:

"I am both honored and humbled to have been elected by the voters of the 4th Essex District to be their next State Representative.

"Our message throughout this campaign has been very consistently that I intend to be a voice for all the residents and families of our district. I believe the results we saw today were because we put the people of the district first and that is exactly what I will continue to do as their Representative.

"I am extremely proud of this campaign and all who have helped along the way toward making this night possible. I cannot even begin to thank all the people – supporters and volunteers alike – who helped to contribute to our success tonight. I also want to congratulate Bob Snow on running a very good campaign that was focused on the issues and the needs of our district.

"I plan on getting right to work ensuring that the voices of this district are heard. I will continue being a strong advocate when it comes to those issues that are affecting all of us: our continued economic recovery, improving education and access to health, and protecting our environment and waterways.

"Again, I want to thank everyone who made this night possible. Tonight, we are going to celebrate a tremendous victory, but tomorrow we will be getting right back to work for residents, and families from all the communities of our district."

Topsfield Elections Information Night Webinar

June 12, 2021

A recording of the Topsfield Elections Information Night webinar is now available.

Download the presentation (PDF)

Do you live in a political bubble?

May 6, 2021

An interesting article from the New York Times:

Republicans and Democrats are increasingly alienated from one another, rhetorically and geographically. Measure your own political isolation with this tool from The New York Times's Opinion section.

The Ipswich River: A Local Treasure at Risk

April 14, 2021

John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate reminds us that change starts at the local level.

Learn what you can do to help save our river!

Is it time to end the filibuster?

March 19, 2021

Debate is good for our democracy. But can Senators discipline themselves to change the filibuster to encourage reasonable debate?
EXPLAINER: What's the Senate filibuster and why change it? by Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press.

A statement from the Topsfield Democratic Town Committee

January 7, 2021

On January 3, 2021, members of the 117th Congress took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic. On January 6, 2021, enemies of the peaceful transfer of power, incited by the President and his enablers, violently disrupted the business of government on behalf of one man. The insurrection by a mob was reinforced by a wayward wing of the Republican party, who attempted to use its power to legitimize the President's claims of a stolen election.

When the Senate reconvened at 8PM, we witnessed bipartisanship as it could and should be – a reflection on the fragility of our Republic, and our obligation to defend it. The acceptance of the incoming Biden-Harris administration, early in the morning of January 7, 2021, illustrated swift corrective actions by a non-partisan majority of the 117th Congress. This is only the first such corrective action needed by this new Congress.

The January 5th Georgia runoff also means a peaceful transfer of power to a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. We expect the Democratic majority to use its power responsibly and in the service of the advancement of justice.

Further Reading:

The definition of insurrection

A sorry spectacle we all knew was coming - What did they think was going to happen?
by Yvonne Abraham Globe Columnist, January 6, 2021, 7:38 p.m.

A Statement from The Lincoln Project

Trump's Reckoning, and America's - Letter from Trump's Washington
by Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, January 7, 2021

What If Neither Political Party Controlled the Senate?

December 11, 2020

The Georgia runoff election has gained national attention because it will determine the political party that will control the Senate. Ultimately, Georgians will elect their Senators, but What If Neither Political Party Controlled the Senate? Our own Vice Chair, Joel Hariton, contributed to this piece, written by his college friend, Fred Unger. With the Senate so evenly divided, perhaps this is the moment to attempt a change like Fred suggests.

Important Dates

February 4, 2022
Democratic Party registration deadline to participate in State Convention

February 15, 2022
Topsfield Caucus

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