Feb 8, 2014 – Caucus & Officer Election Results

2014 WDTC Town Caucus Weston elected 7 delegates to the Convention this year:

John Hennessey, ex-officio as Chair John Carlton-Foss, Alan Day, Quentin Palfrey < Men Jackie Haas, Catherine Fallon, Maureen Ecker < Women

There will also be 3 Alternate Delegates:
Jonathon Gertler, Alan Orth, & Sepi Gilani

State Committee Delegates: Joe Mullin & Nazda Alam

2014 Organizational Meeting

Officer elections: all incumbents were re-elected

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Information Deficit

1. “All incumbents re-elected” is no substitute for providing names of the current officers.
2. Why are no minutes of meetings posted here?

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2014 WDTC Town Caucus

Date/Time:  Sat 08/Feb/2014  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location:     Weston Library Community Room

The Weston town caucus on February 8th will elect 7 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention.  This year the convention is an Endorsing Convention, where candidates for our statewide offices will seek to earn the nomination of the party delegates.  All registered Democrats in Weston are eligible to participate, provided that they are a registered Democrat by January 31st . The 2014 Caucus will be especially important since all of the Commonwealth’s Constitutional positions will be vacant this time.

Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. One of the co-Chairs will go as an ex-officio delegate, and 3 males and three females will be elected at the caucus as delegates.  The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in (town/ward). All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as Delegate and/or Alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority, and disabled.

The Convention will be held on Friday June 13th and Saturday June 14th at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. At that time, Democrats from across the state will gather to endorse statewide candidates.


  • Candidates for delegate must be a registered Democrat by January 31, 2014.
  • Candidates for delegate must be present at the caucus (except in the case of active Armed Service members).
  • Elected delegates MUST pay the convention delegate fee of $75 by April 11, 2014. Anyone failing to pay their fee before April 11 will be required to pay $100.
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An end-of-year message from Robert Reich

Happy New Year & there is More To Do in 2014!

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Weston Dems Holiday Party & Meeting

Thursday, December 12th

7 to 9 pm

460 Conant Road
Weston, MA 02493


Minutes of December 12, 2013 Meeting by John Carlton-Foss

The Weston Democratic Town Committee met on December 12, 2013 in the home of John Hennessey.  Present were John Hennessey, Alan Orth, Sandy Gee, Beverly and Burton Foster, Ron and Dolores Boucher, Jackie Haas, Nazda Alam, John Carlton-Foss, and speaker Richard Cutler of Environmental Tax Reform.

By unanimous vote the DTC set February 8, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. as the date-time to caucus.  There were no concerns expressed when John Hennessey indicated it was likely to use the large community meeting room in the Weston Library for this caucus.

Richard Cutler then talked about carbon pricing.  This part of the meeting is summarized in the article below which appeared in the Weston Town Crier of 12/19/13.

Carbon Fees Proposal - Weston Democratic Town Committee
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Weston CD5 General Election Results

Katherine Clark carried Weston with 59% of the vote in the special election to fill Ed Markey’s Congressional seat, on December 10, 2013. Weston’s 59% victory margin trailed most neighboring Towns [Lincoln had 80%],and the 66% of the entire district by quite a substantial margin. However, Weston  beat Waltham’s margin of 58% by one point.

She’ll be the third woman in the state’s 11-person congressional delegation, joining Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Niki Tsongas.

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Liberals stand for tolerance, magnanimity, community, spirit, defense of the weak against the powerful, love of learning, freedom of belief, art and poetry, city life and everything that makes America worth dying for,” Garrison Keillor said in his book Homegrown Democrat.

Conservatives stand for tax cuts … [and] the refund to buy a gun and an attack dog to take with you when you drive your all terrain vehicle through the barricades of Republicanville.”

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