Minutes – November 18, 2018

Framingham Democratic Committee

136 Maynard Rd.

Framingham, MA 01701

Meeting Minutes – Sunday, November 18, 2018  (*with corrections)

Call to Order:  Beverly Hugo, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM

Announcements:  Every month a charity to benefit.  Next month, December, Pathways Family Shelter.

SMOC – social service agency; federal/state funding; variety of programs – provide community support, housing; shelters.

Tanya DiDuca – SMOC Chief of state staff over 15 years; Leslie Lee – programming.  Shelters – Gordon St, Pearl St and Clinton St helping families (8-16) to stabilize and become part of the community.  Drop-In  Center – downtown; Turning Point – chronic homelessness.  Needs for Family and Individual Shelters (handout include diapers, personal care items).  Volunteer application on website.

Attendance:  Members:  Carmen Chico, Jack Duffy, Barbara Fontes, Adam Freudberg, Kurt Fusaris, Gwendolyn Holbrow, Rosamond Hooper-Hamersley, Beverly Hugo, Michael Hugo, Barbara Le Duc, Christopher Lorant, Kathie McCarthy, Amanda Northrop, Maria Robinson, Cindy Rubin, Margareth Shepard, Norma Shulman, Larry Stoodt, Parwez Wahid and Mel Warshaw.  Associate Members:  Douglas Lawrence, *Cesar Stewart-Morales.

State House and Capitol Hill Reports:

State Rep. Jack P. Lewis – ill.  State working on “Rank Choice Voting.”  Bills due Jan. 18, 2018 5 PM.

City Councilors – *Margareth Shephard.  School Committee:  Adam Freudberg.  Financial oversight committee to advise elected officials.  Upcoming issues – diversity hiring; recreational marijuana; opioid crisis; technology; transportation (buses) team up with BU to study bus routes (free).

fullerbuildingproject.com – answers many questions and concerns, educates voters.

Resolution by the Framingham Democratic Committee Endorsing the Fuller Middle School Building Project  Motion to accept.

As adjusted – approved with 2 opposing/2 abstentions.  

Secretary’s Report and Approval of the MinutesBarbara Fontes. Corrections necessary. * Motion to approve-J. Rastani; Second-R. Hooper-Hamersley; Approval-unanimous.

Treasurer’s Report – November 18, 2018 – Larry Stoodt.

Balance as of 9/30/18 $3933.58

Income:  Dues                                              $120.00

                CU Dividends as of 9/30/18         $    0.34

                Total Income                                $120.34     

Previous Balance + Income:                      $4053.92

Expenses :

Reimbursement (various supplies)               $    19.01

Total Expenses:                                           $    19.01

Balance as of 11/18/18                                $4034.91

Motion to approve – N. Shulman; Second – J. Duffy    Approval – unanimous.

Office of Campaign Finance – state campaigns can’t receive money from the Federal government.

Important to plan how to use $4034.91 (no money was used for 2018 mid-term elections).   2020 open a local/regional office for strategic planning.  

2018 Midterm Election Analysis

From the Chair’s Office – Toplines on Midterm Election Results (handout distributed) 

Melvin C. Poindexter

Committee Reports

Civics Education – Pat Dunne, not present.  C. Rubin – participation increase – district 6 & 7 (11, 13, 14); precinct 17 (28%); how to bring out voters; new apartment building; consider 2020 Census.  Fuller Project; yes for fuller, ballot online as of 11/26/18.

Communications – M. Hugo – No

Outreach – M. Shepard – more Latinos involved in Health Fair

Programming – R. Hooper-Hamersley/A. Freudberg – January 1 of 2 Framingham FORCE; L. Stoodt – Sierra Club.  Recent hate  crime at Hemingway School – letter on behalf of FDC to Hemingway School – we don’t support this kind of activity – yes vote, 1 no?  “Dignity Matters;”  “Hate Has No Home Here” – new design with Portuguese.

FDC legislative proposals – What FDC wants to endorse in upcoming session; prioritize; Foundation Budget Commission – how much they will fund to educate a child; shortfall; how underfunded is Framingham?  Each year underfunded; State owes Framingham $15 million.  Sen. Karen Spilka – support, responsible.

Motion to accept – B. LeDuc; Second – C. Chico; Passed.

Student Loan Bill of Rights –H 2173 State Rep. Jack Lewis co-sponsor; Motion to accept B. LeDuc; Second – K. McCarthy.  Prior notice for anything out of network H 2164 State Rep. Jack Lewis co-sponsor; Motion to accept K. McCarthy; Second C. Lorant.  Environmental concerns/pipeline – defer to L. Stoodt – ballot question – 2008 Global Warming Solution Act; Motion to accept – R. Hooper-Hamersley; Second – K. Fusaris; Vote – yes; Motion against – C. Lorant; refer to legislator; Resolution  – yes.

Bylaws – M. Warshaw – abolish outdated legislation; opinion of Supreme Ct. of MA and US Supreme Ct.

Women, we want it off the books, ex. Laws regarding abortion.  Motion to accept-N. Shulman; Second-C. Lorant.

Thank you to the Legislative Committee. B. Hugo

Hospitality – Thank you Amanda and those who contributed –B. Hugo 

Holiday Party (approx. 100); 6:30; Heritage or Community Green; Charity for Holiday Party-R. Hooper-Hamersley- Pathways/Children.

Final Comments – Male membership to State Democratic Com. – C. Lorant – top vote getter; Bob Massie 2nd.

N. Shulman – congratulations to C. Lorant; Rally-filmed for cable; felling of togetherness.Dec.7-Jan5 any male democrat in Framingham Senate district-1 city 6towns. Caucus-Feb 9; Jan-electing delegates(35)

Recognition to Norma Shulman.

In closing – FDC “We have one of the most active, passionate democratic committees.” B. Hugo

Motion to adjourn – R. Hooper-Hamersley; Second – C. Lorant

FDC Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM (approx.)

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara J. Fontes, Secretary

Minutes of September 30, 2018

Framingham Democratic Town Committee

Framingham Green Community Room

136 Maynard Rd. , Framingham, MA 01701

Meeting Minutes – Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Call to Order:  Chair Beverly Hugo called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM

Announcements & Updates:  Our last meeting was in June.  Since then  we have hosted two candidate debates and held our annual BBQ.  We congratulate Maria Robinson for her victory in the primary election to fill the seat of the late State Rep Chris Walsh.  A Co-ordinated Campaign Office is now open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1071 Worcester Rd., 4th Floor. There is elevator access; the office is handicapped – accessible, including restrooms on the first floor. A memorial service for long-time FDC member Stephanie Mercandetti was held on September 22 at Cushing Park.  A park bench and a tree were dedicated, and a scholarship established in memory of Stephanie. Jay Gonzalez will speak at the First Church at 6  Eliot St in Jamaica Plain on Oct 1 at 6:30 PM.  See Larry Stoodt for information. Former FDC Secretary Barbara LeDuc is filling in this evening for Secretary Barbara Fontes, who is at her daughter’s wedding this evening. Best wishes to Barbara Fontes and her daughter!

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Minutes of June 24, 2018

Framingham Democratic Town Committee

136 Maynard Rd.

Framingham, MA 01701

Meeting Minutes – Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Call to Order:  Beverly Hugo, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM

Attendance:  Members:  Lori Bornstein, Jeanne Bullock, Robert Case, Carmen Chico, Jack Duffy, Patrick Dunne, Barbara Fontes, Adam Freudberg, Kurt Fusaris, Gwendolyn Holbrow, Rosamond Hooper-Hamersley, Beverly Hugo, Michael Hugo, Barbara LeDuc, Rep. Jack P. Lewis, Thomas Mahoney, Marie Duaime Robinson, Cindy Rubin, Norma Shulman, Larry Stoodt, Mel Warshaw.  Associate Members:  Michael Gatlin, James Hansen, Douglas Lawrence, Amanda Northrup, Joel Winett.  Life Members:  Jerry Desilets, Linda Fields, Bettie Muto, Phil Ottaviani, John Stefanini.

Guest Sign In:  Ally Connolly-Pelletier, Marlene Fine(Holliston), Charlie Sisitsky, Gus Bradford, Mary Kate Feeney, Mark Tilden, Leslie Smart, Jose Ivan Roman, Dhruba Sev, Isabella Petroni, Susan Petroni, Vanessa Gatlin, Herb Chasan, Joan Chasan,  Irwin Tsh, Andrea Haynes, Ruth Winett, Joel Winett, Adrian K. Haugabrook, Anne Krauss, Beth Greeley, Audrey Hall, Richard Baritz, Judy Margulies, Sheri Slerb, Zane Razzaq.

Announcements:  Sen. David Magnani – Stephanie Mercandetti Memorial next meeting, July 8, 2018, Bob Berman- Cushing Park – tree, stone bench; Civic Leadership Scholarship.  Go Fund Me page.  Resolution from Senate, House and Governor – September 22, 2018 2pm.  Room in City Hall with her name – Mayor and City Council need to vote.

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Minutes of May 20, 2018

Framingham Democratic Town Committee
Community  Room, The Green
136 Maynard Rd., Framingham, MA 01701
 
Meeting Minutes – Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Call to Order:  Beverly Hugo, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:20 PM
 
Attendance:  Members:  Lori Bornstein, Craig(Chris)Broyles, Jeanne Bullock, Robert Case, Carmen Chico, Jack Duffy, Patrick Dunne, Barbara Fontes, Adam Freudberg, Kurt Fusaris, Gwendolyn Holbrow, Rosamond Hooper-Hamersley, Beverly Hugo, Michael Hugo, Steve Joyce, Barbara LeDuc, Rep. Jack P. Lewis, Christopher Lorant, Kathie McCarthy, Joan Rastani, Maria Duaime Robinson, Cindy Rubin, Norma Shulman, James Stockless, Cheryl Tully Stoll, Larry Stoodt, Parwez Wahid, Mel Warshaw.  Associate Members:  Jim Hanson, Ann Jeffris, Sen. David Magnani, Amanda Northrop, Vanessa Pendexter, Amanda Shephard, Priscila Sousa, Adam Steiner.  Life Members:  Jerry Desilets, Linda Fields, Bettie Muto, Phil Ottaviani, John Stefanini.  Youth Members:  Ohad Klopman.
 
Filling of the Sixth Middlesex State Representative Democratic Seat:  Overview, Discussion, Vote
Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s Designee – Atty. Michelle Tasinari – Elections Division – filling vacancy overview;  MGL – town committee can select delegate to fill vacancy.  Only DTC members can vote. 
May 29, 2018 – vacancy declared.  Delegate – a registered Democrat in the district.
Caucus deadline – May 25, 2018, 5:00 PM (no opportunity to get signatures).
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Minutes of April 22, 2018

Framingham Democratic Town Committee

Community Room, The Green

136 Maynard Rd. , Framingham, MA 01701

Meeting Minutes – Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Call to Order:  Chair Beverly Hugo called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM

Announcements/Welcome:  Beverly – welcome back to Kathie McCarthy. Fees due for State Convention, DCU, Worcester; late fee $25.

April 28, 2018 DSC meeting North Shore CC, 10AM- 2PM

Congratulations to Margareth Shepard – President of Inter-New England Council of Brazilian Americans.

Maureen Dunne – Metro West Economic Research Ctr. – economic profile – Friday, May 11, 2018, 7:30 AM at Framingham State University; flyer circulated.

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