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Next Meeting: May 5 @ 7pm

Due to an important school board meeting on the original night of this next meeting of the PDCC, we’ve had to change the date so that everyone can attend both.

Also, we know there’s a March for Bernie on this night that a lot of people want to attend. We’ve decided to start the PDCC meeting at 7pm (instead of 6pm) so that people can attend most – if not all – of that march.

AGENDA: This meeting of the PDCC will include guest speakers and a slideshow about Portland’s crumbling elementary schools. Afterwards will be a short discussion of the newly-established subcommittees and other committee business.

WHEN: May 5 @ 7pm

WHERE: The State of Maine room at Portland City Hall

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email chair@portlanddems.org

Volunteer to fill empty delegate slots

For anyone who caucused and wanted to become a delegate or alternate to the state convention — the vacancies are being filled at the county level. Here’s the notice for the meeting:

Cumberland County Democratic Committee Meeting: April 17, Cumberland Town Hall, 290 Tuttle Rd.

1:00 pm: Caucus for Bernie. If you want to be a delegate or alternate for Bernie, you can submit your name through the campaign or through your town Democratic chair or caucus captain and ask to be elected at this follow up caucus. Delegates and alternates for Bernie will vote on filling vacant Cumberland County slots.

2:00 pm: CCDC Meeting. Presentation on the 2016 Platform. Caucus debrief and what’s next for delegates. Orientation to the convention – what can you expect? What’s your role? What will the Cumberland County Caucus look like at the Convention?

3:00 pm: Caucus for Hillary. If you want to be a delegate or alternate for Hillary, you can submit your name through the campaign or through your town Democratic chair or caucus captain and ask to be elected at this follow up caucus. Delegates and alternates for Hillary will vote on filling vacant Cumberland County slots.

Our city chair is Emily Figdor; caucus captain is Jill Barkley.

Meeting Minutes: March 31, 2016

The meeting began at 5:45 p.m. As there was no chairperson of the City Committee present, Rep. Richard Farnsworth chaired the meeting.

Mary Davis volunteered as Secretary Pro Temp.

Herb Adams of the Nominating Committee spoke. Nominations for Chair were solicited from the floor.

Emily Figdor was nominated for Chair by Mayor Ethan Strimling, seconded by Sarah Rawlings.

Seeing no other nominations, Allison Smith moved to close nominations, seconded by Mayor Strimling. None opposed.

Emily Figdor spoke to the committee. Herb Adams proposed one unanimous ballot by voice vote. Emily Figdorwas elected chair by acclamation.

Nominations for vice-chair were solicited.

Tracie Reed was nominated by Allison Smith, seconded by George Clark.

Seeing no other nominations, Mayor Strimling moved to close nominations, seconded by Diane Russell. None opposed.

Tracie Reed spoke to the committee. Herb Adams proposed one unanimous ballot by voice vote. Tracie Reed was elected vice-chair by acclamation.

Nominations for Secretary were solicited.

Joey Brunelle was nominated by Jeremy Kennedy, seconded by Emily Figdor.

Douglas Lynn was nominated by Cynthia Hanlon, seconded by Elizabeth Duddy.

Seeing no other nominations, Ellen Farnsworth moved to close nominations, seconded by Tyler D.

Joey Brunelle spoke to the committee. A letter was read to the committee on behalf of Douglas Lynn.

Herb Adams moved for a show of hands. Joey Brunelle was elected 59-4.

Herb Adams suggested to the committee that Patricia Washburn be deemed “Secretary Emeritus”, in honor of her service to the committee. He spoke briefly on her behalf.

Diane Russell moved that Patricia Washburn be elected Secretary Emeritus, seconded by Harlan Baker.

Diane Russell and Herb Adams spoke about Patricia Washburn’s work for the committee.

Emily Figdor and Joey Brunelle commented how this position should carry no specific responsibilities, so that the existing officers can determine what is most practical.

Mike Sylvester proposed the the motion be amended to say that the Secretary Emeritus serves at the guidance of the chair. Jeremy Kennedy seconded.

The committee discussed the motion as amended, then voted unanimously in favor.

Nominations for treasurer were solicited.

Brian Chick was nominated by Justin Beth, seconded by Sarah Rawlings.

Seeing no other nominations, Ellen Farnsworth moved to close nominations, seconded by Diane Russell. None opposed.

Brian Chick spoke to the committee. Herb Adams proposed one unanimous ballot by voice vote. Brian Chick was elected treasurer by acclamation.

Harlan Baker passed a literal hat for the committee. Then discussed upcoming Delegate election and selection.

Jeremy Kennedy from the State Democratic Party answered questions about the delegate process.

New chair Emily Figdor proposed five committee: Candidates (for recruiting and supporting strong local candidates), Issues (for supporting and involvement in local issues – ballot initiatives, housing, minimum wage, focused on engaging this committee and the broader city), Community Building (to bring democrats together, connect, help further work of the committee, go on hikes, truman dinners, social events, thinking about building our community, network, relationships, connect as democrats), and Fundraising (in order to do a lot of the good work we undertake it takes a real budget)

After a very brief discussion, David Farmer motioned to create the committees as listed. The motion was seconded by many, and approved by acclamation.

The chair and vice-chair distributed signup forms for the new committees. (An online form can be found here.)