Welcome to our new chair, and thank you for the past year!

My fellow Democrats in Portland,

As you know, I recently announced that I was stepping down from my position as chair of the Portland Democratic City Committee to focus on my growing family. Today, I’m happy to announce that we have elected our new chair: Steve Lovejoy!

Congratulations to Steve, and thank you to all who came out to last week’s meeting for the election. I’m thrilled to be passing the reins to Steve, a former state representative and long-time Portland Democrat who I’m confident will do a great job as chair. His term will last until December 2020, so I wish him the best of luck and am looking forward to working with him and our fellow Democrats throughout the primaries and general election.

I’d also like to thank each and every one of you for your great work over the past year. Because of your donations and volunteer efforts, we had huge successes in the 2018 elections. Governor Mills has signed many important pieces of legislation that were blocked by Governor LePage, from implementing our state’s voter-approved marijuana law, to expanding Medicaid, to adopting automatic voter registration.

Let’s continue that momentum to 2020, when we’ll finally be able to defeat Susan Collins — the last Republican in Maine’s Congressional delegation — who has consistently obeyed Trump and his awful agenda. We’ll also end the Trump Administration itself, by unifying around and electing whoever wins the Democratic nomination for president. We’ve got our work cut out for us!

As I said, while I’m no longer chair, I’m still a Portland Democrat, and will still be politically active in our amazing city. I look forward to seeing you all around, including at future PDCC meetings.

Onward,
Sam Tracy
Former PDCC Chair (August 2018 – July 2019)

July Meeting (Including Officer Elections & Pizza) Next Thursday, 7/11!

The Portland Democratic City Committee (PDCC) will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the East End Community Center.

The main agenda item for this meeting will be officer elections, with Portland Democrats choosing their new chair & vice-chair. The only requirement for running and voting is that you’re a registered Democrat in Portland. If you’re interested in running for either position, there is still time to do so — just send an email to chair@portlanddems.org, or you can even be nominated at the meeting next week.

Because it’s an important meeting and we’ll be welcoming new officers into the PDCC, we will also have pizza and beer for all who attend! Hope to see you there, and feel free to bring friends.

Now, the details for the meeting:

Thursday, July 11, 2019   
6:30-8:00 PM

East End Community Center (Music Room)
195 North St, Portland, ME 04101

Agenda:

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Approve minutes
  • New business
    • Officer elections
      • Chair
      • Vice-chair
  • Reports
    • Chair’s Report
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Secretary’s Report
    • Committee Reports
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn

If you’re active on social media, please RSVP and share our event on Facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you next week!
Sam Tracy, PDCC chair

For reference, here is the candidate statement for Steve Lovejoy, who is running for chair. He is currently the only declared candidate, but I will update this post with additional statements if others come in before the meeting.

Hi Everyone.

I’m a lifelong resident of Greater Portland and have lived in the city since 1980. Some of you may remember me from the two terms I served in the Maine Legislature representing district 41 here in Portland. Others may remember me from my banking background, and there is always my time at the Maine Small Business Development Center here at USM. I am committed to this city and the Democratic party.

As a lifelong Democrat and resident of Greater Portland I am putting my name forward for the Chair of the Portland Democrats. I want to see the Portland Democrats become a group that continues our strong tradition here in the city and expand our membership and our outreach. The city is growing, and changing, and as an organization we need to not only adapt to the changes, but also help guide them.

I believe that we can continue to increase our role in both the city and state. We need to rebuild our organization, and our influence in Augusta. That means we need to be a more vital and visible party of our city. I hope that you agree and are willing to work with me to do just that!

I look forward to working with you!

Steve Lovejoy’s candidate statement for PDCC Chair

Our first candidate statement, & a reminder about elections for chair & vice-chair next month

As I’ve said previously, the PDCC is holding elections for a new Chair & Vice-chair next month (at our meeting on Thursday, July 11).

Some good news: we have our first declared candidate! Steve Lovejoy has thrown his hat in the ring for the position of Chair. His candidate statement is below:

Hi Everyone.

I’m a lifelong resident of Greater Portland and have lived in the city since 1980. Some of you may remember me from the two terms I served in the Maine Legislature representing district 41 here in Portland. Others may remember me from my banking background, and there is always my time at the Maine Small Business Development Center here at USM. I am committed to this city and the Democratic party.

As a lifelong Democrat and resident of Greater Portland I am putting my name forward for the Chair of the Portland Democrats. I want to see the Portland Democrats become a group that continues our strong tradition here in the city and expand our membership and our outreach. The city is growing, and changing, and as an organization we need to not only adapt to the changes, but also help guide them.

I believe that we can continue to increase our role in both the city and state. We need to rebuild our organization, and our influence in Augusta. That means we need to be a more vital and visible party of our city. I hope that you agree and are willing to work with me to do just that!

I look forward to working with you!

Steve Lovejoy’s candidate statement for PDCC Chair

This means we have at least one candidate for Chair, but of course, elections are always better when there is some competition! If you want to run for either chair or vice-chair, please let me know, and I will send out your candidate statement as well. Any registered Democrat in Portland is eligible, so please consider running if you want to get more involved in city & state politics!

Sincerely,
Sam Tracy
Chair, Portland Democratic City Committee