Cumberland County Democratic Committee Meeting

Now that the June campaigns are over – and it looks like we did pretty well in the towns and won the special House election for Cumberland and Gray  (I recognize some winners as graduates of our Spring Run Local training.) –  it’s time to switch focus to the upcoming CCDC meeting.

CCDC meeting: June  23, 2:30 – 5:00 (please note the earlier time slot). Teamsters Hall, 27 Main St., South Portland. 

On the agenda: Brief business meeting and reports.

Election of 11 Cumberland County delegates to the Platform Committee. Each candidate will have between 1 and 3 minutes for a speech, depending on the number of candidates running.  We are required to try to achieve gender balance on our platform delegation as we are for our delegation to the DSC.  Candidates who are interested in running may send a statement (150 word maximum) to Tim Goodwin, ( with a copy to by 5:00pm, June 14 [I’ll accept them up to the time I publish on Monday – thg]. These statements will be posted on the CCDC website on Monday, June 17. There may also be nominations from the floor, but nominators are asked to ensure their candidates have actually agreed to serve.

At this time, I have spoken with two people interested in the platform committee.  Cumberland County has always filled its slots for platform, so it’s a little worrying that only two people have expressed an interest.  Please check with your folks and encourage them to get involved.

After the platform delegation has been elected, an orientation meeting will be scheduled to review platform development process and responsibilities. If you are not sure of the commitment or folks ask you about it, please go to and review the information in the Charter under “My Party”. I’m also available to talk with candidates, as is Steve Hendrickson (, the prior chair.

Election of one representative to the Democratic State Committee to fill out the term, which expires at the 2020 Convention.  Candidates may also send in a statement using the guidelines for the Platform Committee. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the meeting. To date, I have received one statement from a candidate.

Pete Didisheim, NRCM, and Ben Dudley, NECEC, will be on hand to talk about the proposed transmission line from different perspectives. We will start that panel at 4:00pm and follow with a Q&A.  The meeting will end at 5:00.

Now… what you can do to change our representation in the US Senate… The MDP is launching a state-wide canvassing program this Summer through the Fall, with the assistance of the CCDC in Cumberland County. Using active listening, the program aims to talk to voters about the issues that matter to them and to learn more about Dem-leaning voters who may be thinking about supporting Susan Collins and other Republican candidates.  Facebook posts contain many threads concerning how we can help Collins retire.  Here’s the first step at the grass-roots level. For you and your activist friends, this is an opportunity to get ready for the 2020 campaign. The launch date for the statewide effort is Saturday, June 15, from 1-4pm.  Volunteer canvass leaders will be trained in the process by the MDP to ensure they are comfortable and prepared. and, in turn, they will train and launch their own events. Canvassing will largely use MiniVAN and be launched from anywhere with wireless internet. Canvassers will test messaging and learn more about what matters to voters.  This is your chance to take the temperature of voters in your towns and to craft messages for municipal elections and get folks out to vote in Fall campaigns. If you think you would be a good canvass leader, please contact Cooper Reid. To host a canvass and get trained, email Cooper at If you would like to make a difference by completing a canvass shift on June 15 or throughout the summer, you can view this event and current locations by visiting The goal in Cumberland County is 30,000 doors this summer. Currently in Cumberland County, there are events scheduled for Bridgton and Brunswick, but keep checking, since more will be going up in Cumberland or nearby cities. If folks can’t make the June 15 launch, there will be more canvasses throughout the summer and early fall.

 The National Democratic Training Committee and the MDP will be sponsoring a comprehensive training in the Fall (tentative date, October 26 in Lewiston). Called the Blue Bench Training Program, participants get a full day of top notch training aimed at Candidates and Potential Candidates, Campaign staff – paid and volunteer – and Local Party leaders and committee activists. For local committees, the track includes creation of an effective message, connecting using digital tools, growing the organization, and effective fundraising. I encourage you to form a team for the training. 

We’ll also have some fun this summer with the third annual CCDC picnic in Standish on July 14. Yes, that is Bastille Day. While the CCDC will provide the food, please bring some French pastries to share. More information to come.

Just a reminder – our meetings are open to all Democrats.  Someone does not have to be a voting committee member to run for one of the open positions; they just can’t vote for themselves. 


The Cumberland County Democratic committee and the Portland Democratic City Committee will host a fund raising Bowl-a-thon on April 24 between 6 and 9 PM at the 33 Elmwood in Westbrook.

Both committees will compete to see how much money they can raise from their members striking down pins in a game of bowling. Bowlers will gather pledges based on the number of pins they will knock down. For example a pledge 10 cents a pin will raise $9.

In addition this will be a great way to meet fellow Democratic activists from Portland and Cumberland County.
33 Elmwood is located just off Route 302 near Prides Corners.

Even if you don’t get pledges come and socialize. For more information contact Harlan Baker at

Lake Region Dems and Cumberland County Dems: Brunch with Sara Gideon

Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Windham Veterans Center: 35 Veterans Memorial Dr, Windham. With special presentations by immigration activist & author Reza Jalali, healthcare policy expert Kate Ende, and ConnectME broadband advocate Peggy Schaffer. Enjoy some great chef-prepared food! Listen to interesting, articulate speakers, and meet many of the elected leaders, candidates, and policymakers from all around the Sebago Lake Region! Pre-ordered tickets are $5 for students, and $10 for others. Tickets can be pre-ordered by going to or Tickets purchased at the door will be $15. Proceeds will go to benefit the Lake Region Democrats 2020 Get Out The Vote campaign. For more information, please email

CCDC Meeting–December 2nd

The Cumberland County Democratic Committee will meet on Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00 in the Spruce Room at the Westbrook Community Center (426 Bridge St).

Please come early and celebrate our election successes, we’ll be serving light refreshments between 2:00 and 3:00. Feel free to bring along a homemade sweet or canapé if that’s one of your fortes.

Tentative Agenda: Debrief 2018 campaign, election of officers for 2019-2020, review of MDP meeting and plans, initiate planning for 2019- 2020 activities. Speakers – TBD.

Cumberland County State Committee Delegates Chosen

The Cumberland County Democratic Committee would like to congratulate the new and returning delegates to the state committee. We would also like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who helped with the Cumberland County Caucus at the Maine Democratic State Convention.

Seth Berner, Portland
Kathy Bouchard, Scarborough
Joseph Brunelle, Portland
Meghan Casey, Yarmouth
Michael Desjardins, Portland
Elizabeth Edgecomb, Scarborough
Cynthia Handlen, Portland
Jon Hinck, Portland
Richard Rudolph, Portland
Jonathan Torsch, Portland
Kathleen Worcester, Westbrook
Tom Bull, Freeport (Alternate)

CCDC Meeting — April 22

Victory in 2018 in Maine runs through Cumberland County. 90,000 of the Democrats in Maine live in Cumberland County. Our efforts impact state, local, and national elections.

The Cumberland County Dems kick-off meeting for membership year 2018-2020 will take place on April 22, 3-5pm, Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St., Westbrook.

The primary item on the agenda is the election of delegates and alternates to vacant Cumberland County slots for the MDP Convention, May 18-20, in Lewiston. If you could not come to the March 4 caucus, you still have a chance to become a delegate. Shortly we will send out notification that a pre-registration website will be turned on by the MDP to pre-register folks who are interested in becoming delegates or alternates but who cannot come to this meeting. Pre-registration is not necessary for those who will be in attendance. Members of the CCDC elected at their caucuses will the the only ones voting on delegates at this meeting.

Over 200 members of the CCDC were elected at the caucuses, and over 110 are new activists. Another item on the agenda will be a brief orientation to the work of the CCDC and how a county committee fits into the overall structure of the Democratic Party in Maine.
We will be doing more at this meeting, but we’re currently confirming a speaker and other agenda items.

If you want to get involved with an activity before the April meeting, the MDP and CCDC are sponsoring a Run Local training this Saturday, March 24, 9am -12:30 at the Westbrook Office, 90 Bridge St., Suite 305. If you have ever thought about running for local office or wanted to improve governance in your town by helping someone else run, this is a chance to learn and start helping Democrats fill all 88 local offices up for election in 2018 in Cumberland County. Go to https// and follow the trail to the registration page and sign up. (We need a count for training materials and Holy Donuts.) If the link is wrong (perfectly possible), just go to the Maine Dems site and browse through the Events pulldown.

(If you have a friend that you know is a CCDC delegate who says they didn’t get this notice, we’ve found that mass emails like this are frequently caught in spam filters. Ask them to check theirs.)

Welcome to our new members, and to our returning members, thank you for your dedication and work over the past few years. Exciting times ahead!

2018 Caucus Information

Preregistration: You may preregister at the Maine Democratic Party website.

Town Location Doors Open Caucus Begins Convener Email
Baldwin Baldwin Town Hall 1:00PM 1:30 PM
Bridgton Bridgton Town Office 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Brunswick Brunswick Junior High 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Cape Elizabeth Cape Elizabeth Middle School 1:30 PM 2:00 PM
Casco Casco Community Ctr 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Chebeague Chebeague Island Hall 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Cumberland Falmouth Elementary 3:30 PM 4:00 PM
Falmouth Falmouth Elementary 3:30 PM 4:00 PM
Freeport Freeport High School 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Gorham Gorham Middle School 1:30 PM 2:00 PM
Gray Henry Pennell Municipal Complex 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Harpswell Harpswell Community School 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Harrison Harrison Fire Station 3:00 PM 4:00 PM
Long Island Long Island Learning Center 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Naples Naples Town Office 1:00 PM 1:30 PM
New Gloucester New Gloucester Community Bldg 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
North Yarmouth North Yarmouth Memorial School 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Portland King Middle School 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Pownal Mallett Hall 1:30 AM 2:00 PM
Raymond Raymond Fire & Safety 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Scarborough Scarborough HS 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Sebago Sebago Town Office 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
South Portland S. Portland Community Ctr 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Standish Standish Municipal Ctr 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Westbrook Westbrook Community Ctr 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Windham Windham Town Hall 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Yarmouth Harrison Middle School 1:30 PM 2:00 PM

Conversations With The Candidates

In 2018, Mainers will be electing a new governor. We are fortunate to have a number of talented Democrats stepping forward to run.

The Lake Region Dems, supported by the Cumberland County Dems, are sponsoring a series of meetings — conversations — with our Democratic candidates for Governor.

These events will give you the chance to meet with each candidate individually, giving you a true sense of who they are and who will best represent your concerns and priorities in the Blaine House. We invite you to attend each session:

Oct. 1, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Adam Cote
Oct. 22, 5 – 7:00 PM: Diane Russell
Oct. 29, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Attorney General Janet Mills
Nov. 1, 6 – 7:30 PM: Mark Dion
Nov. 5, 5 – 7:00 PM: Jim Boyle
Nov. 19, 5 – 7:00 PM: Mark Eves
Dec. 3, 4 – 5:00 PM: Betsy Sweet
Dec. 3, 6 – 7:00 PM: Patrick “Ike” Eisenhart

Each conversation will be held at The Little Meeting House, 719 Roosevelt Trail, North Windham. Refreshments will be served at all meetings.

Get ready to have a conversation with our Democratic candidates! With your help, one of them will be our next governor.

For more information, please contact Maurie Hill with the Lake Region Dems at 207-642-6065 or Rachel Hendrickson with the Cumberland County Dems at

Cumberland County Democrats Picnic July 23rd

Come meet and eat with your fellow Cumberland County Democrats at the Kiwanis Beach in Standish Sunday July 23rd at 2:00pm. We’ll supply the hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips, soft drinks, and water. Bring desserts!

There is 1000 feet of lakefront beach. So bring your swimsuit to the picnic. There is changing rooms and bathroom facilities. Also there is parking. The Kiwanis Beach is located off of Route 25 in Standish after you pass the junction of Route 113. Beach fees: 13 years and older is $4.00; 12 years old and under is $1.00; parking is free.

Aside from the beach entrance fee, the picnic is free. You may let us know you will be joining us through the event page at ActBlue. You may also use that link to support the event at one of our donor levels: Sponsor, $100; Host, $50; Friend $25.


American Roots
James Boyle
Sen. Catherine Breen
Ralph Carmona, Ph.D.
Jean-Marie Caterina
Deirdre Conroy-Vella
Craig Dorais
Roy Gedat
Rachel Hendrickson
Steven Hendrickson
Neil Jamieson
Michael Langenmayr
Nathaniel Seth Levy, Esq.


Tim Goodwin
Joseph McMahon
Diane Russell
Timothy Shannon


Harlan Baker
Joey Brunelle
Maurie Hill
Grace Leavitt
Frayla Tarpinian
Bob Wake

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