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.

Sam Tracy
Chair, Portland Democratic City Committee

PDCC meeting reminder (this Thursday!) and announcement

The Portland Democratic City Committee (PDCC) will hold its next monthly meeting this Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Breakwater School.

I also have some important news for the PDCC: unfortunately, both myself and our vice chair Elizabeth Murphy need to resign from our officer positions for personal reasons. We will discuss it more at the meeting on Thursday, but this means that we will need to hold elections sometime soon, likely at the July meeting. If you are interested in running for either position, please let me know! We will send out a more formal announcement & details soon, but wanted to let everyone know now so that we can begin planning.

Now, the details for the meeting:

May 9, 2019   
6:30-8:00 PM

Breakwater School
856 Brighton Ave, Portland, 04102
(In the white auditorium at the end of the parking lot.)  


  • Discussion of hyper-local issues (District 3)
  • Officer/committee reports
  • Discussion of upcoming elections for chair & vice chair
  • PDCC website re-design
  • Action on state & national issues

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

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Sam Tracy, PDCC chair

April meeting = 4/11 at Riverton Community Center

Using our normal schedule of meeting the second Thursday of the month, our next monthly meeting is on 4/11!

This is the third meeting where we will start by discussing hyper-local issues before our regular business. This month we’ll be focusing on District 5 for the City Council, which includes Riverton and Deering.

Time: Thursday, April 11, 6:30pm – 8pm.

Riverton Community Center
1600 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04103


  • Welcome & Introductions (10 minutes)
  • Discussion: Conversation about local issues for District 5, Riverton/Deering (30 minutes)
  • Approve minutes (5 minutes)
  • Reports (10 minutes)
    • Chair’s Report (1 minute)
    • Treasurer’s Report (2 minutes)
    • Secretary’s Report (1 minute)
    • Subcommittee Reports (6 minutes)
  • New business
  • Old business
  • Announcements (5 minutes)
  • Adjourn at 8pm

Download a copy of the agenda here

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own thoughts, concerns, and ideas for District 5. And please bring your friends & neighbors too!

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