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

Call for nominations for Portland Democrats chair & vice-chair

As I mentioned in my last post, the PDCC has some important news: our vice-chair Elizabeth Murphy had to step down from her position for personal reasons earlier this month, and unfortunately I also need to step down from my position as chair (effective in July).

This is unfortunate news in the short-term, but provides some great opportunities for regular members, long-time listserv readers, or relative new-comers to step up and get involved in a big way. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Portland Democrats and plan to stay in touch to ease the transition, and hope to remain involved as a regular member as my schedule allows. Our elected Treasurer & Secretary will also be continuing on.

We will not hold a meeting in June, and will then be holding elections for these officer positions at our meeting on Thursday, July 11.

If you would like to run for either position, or just want to learn more, please feel free to contact me directly. Any registered Democrat in Portland is eligible, and you can nominate yourself or others. Those who accept nominations will submit candidate statements, which will be emailed out before the July meeting. At that meeting, we will have the opportunity for Q & A with all candidates, and the membership will then vote to elect the new chair and vice-chair.

I will send out multiple reminders, but please start thinking about whether this opportunity is right for you or someone you know. We’re a small organization with huge potential and an important role in our city’s politics. With both President Trump & Senator Collins up for re-election in 2020, whoever steps up to serve the PDCC will have the opportunity to make a difference in Portland, Maine, and the entire country.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,
Sam Tracy
Chair, Portland Democratic City Committee