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Want to help Democrats win? Talk to your neighbors, senator says

State Sen. Brian Downing, chair of the Democratic Coordinated Campaign talks with candidate Seth Moulton

State Sen. Brian Downing, chair of the Democratic Coordinated Campaign talks with candidate Seth Moulton.

Our local Democratic candidates face stiff competition during this election cycle, and the state party is making great efforts to ensure a successful outcome.

Amesbury’s Democratic Committee is working closely with the state’s coordinated campaign committee, to ensure correct messaging reaches voters.

“During the primaries, the statewide democratic coordinated campaign concentrated its efforts on identifying Democrats that only vote in presidential years,” says State Sen. Ben Downing (D-Pittsfield). “We hoped to expand that universe of reliable voters.”

Were they successful? Through their efforts, the coordinated campaign identified and reached more than 30,000 of those voters, either with literature or phone calls.

Moving forward into the general election cycle, those efforts will turn to identfying un-enrolled and independent voters who favor statewide initiatives such as statewide early education, and earned sick time as proposed by Ballot Question 4. This includes a large block of female voters, as well as many male voters.

“Polls indicate significant support of those initiatives,” Downing said.

What can you do?
When it comes to local grassroots efforts, however, Downing encourages engaged voters to simply talk about the issues and candidates.

“Friends, family members, and neighbors hold the greatest sway when it comes to influence,” Downing says. “When you’re watching the Patriots beat up on another team, don’t be afraid to talk about candidates or issues during commercials or after the game.”

He also recommends volunteering to support candidates, either through phone banking, sign holding, or other events. These grassroots efforts provide great energy for campaigns, that can be matched with energy from this year’s strong slate of statewide candidates.

Democratic Headquarters Opens in Amesbury


Amesbury chair Rebecca Jordan (l) discusses strategy with Coakley regional campaign director Chris Leist (r) at the new Amesbury Democrat Headquarters on Friend St.

Local Democrats now have a central meeting point to plan, strategize and phone bank during the balance of this year’s election cycle. A new headquarters opened at 15 Friend Street, in downtown Amesbury, on Wednesday, Sep. 10. The office is located two doors down from Amesbury’s iconic Barking Dog pub, and has quick access to many downtown amenities. “The headquarters is sponsored and fully funded by the 3T&2C Committee, which includes the chairs of the democratic committees of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and West Newbury,” says Rebecca Jordan, chair of the Amesbury Democratic Committee. “We secured the space in August but agreed to wait until after the primary to use it. The location is available for meetings, phone banking and canvass staging for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign.” A kickoff party is planned for Sunday Sep. 21 from 3 – 5pm.

Don Berwick in Amesbury

Don Berwick spoke to the Amesbury Democratic City Committee in December.  He is a pediatrician who became passionate about equality in health care. He was called in the spirit of public service to head and administer the policies of the Center for Medicare and Meddicaid and was one of the architects of Health Care Reform for CSM, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. He is committed to “being a beacon” for the state of Massachusetts.

He is progressive about his ideological beliefs, and committed to access to early education and improving the quality of education. He may be found on Facebook for more information.



2013 3T 2C meetingThe Democratic City and Town Committees of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and West Newbury, known as The Three Towns And Two Cities ( 3T&2C), are planning their ninth annual spring breakfast to be held at Nicholson Hall in Newburyport on Saturday, April 5, 2014. A coffee/social will start at 8:30 AM followed by a sumptuous buffet breakfast at 9:00 AM. The Three Towns and Two Cities Breakfast Committee has invited Democratic candidates for Governor, other statewide constitutional offices, and important congressional races to speak. The event is an opportunity for area residents to enjoy a great breakfast while meeting the candidates and hearing their positions on important issues. Continue reading