The third annual CCDC picnic will be held in Standish on July 14. Bastille Day! The CCDC will provide the food, please bring some French pastries to share (or home baked pies to auction). More information to come.
The following candidates submitted statements ahead of the elections to be held this Sunday, June 23rd.
Tom Bull—State Committee
I am Tom Bull of Freeport and I currently serve as an alternate to the State committee and have served on State Committee for the past few years. As we look at issues before the State committee, it is imperative that we consider the state wide implications of the subject at hand. I have served in the Legislature and have campaigned for candidates throughout the state, I am able to help bring that perspective to the Cumberland County delegation. My background in campaigning and policy will also provide an important perspective to discussions before the state committee. It is also important that we not rehash the conflicts of old; I was a proud Bernie delegate who accepted the results and worked hard for Clinton. We can not afford to remain divided as a party and need to move forward united with the singular goal of electoral success up and down the ticket next year.
I would appreciate your support.
Ralph Carmona—State Committee
Ralph Carmona served on the Maine State Committee, but was not reelected because he was out of the country during the selection process.
He was a Democratic National Convention delegate in 2012, served on the Party Platform Committee in 2016, and was elected at the Maine convention to be a delegate for the 2016 national convention. A Chicano student activist involved with the California Democratic Party beginning in 1970, Carmona was among the youngest delegates selected to the 1972 national convention.
He has a BA, MA and Ph.D. in political science, served as an intern in the Congress and worked for the Speaker of the California legislature.
Coming to Maine in 2010, Carmona founded and served as president of the Portland League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC). An adjunct college professor, he is vice president and steward advocate for Maine’s MSEA-SEIU community college union.
Damon Yakovleff—Platform Committee
I am seeking re-nomination to serve on the Platform Committee. I am a 34-year-old progressive Democrat from Portland, where I live with my wife and 2-year-old daughter. I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Planning, and am employed as an Environmental Planner.
I believe our current Platform is a reasonably good document, but can be improved. It could be more concise, stressing bold ideological goals. It should include a more progressive point of view that reflects emerging trends among party membership. Most of all, the Platform should aim to attract and retain disaffected progressive voters who feel the Party is too corporate and hidebound.
If nominated, experience I gained during my previous term will help me to build consensus for a concise, progressive Platform. I appreciate and thank you for your support.
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, (email@example.com) with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 lakeregiondems.bpt.me or lakeregiondems.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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)
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//:www.mainedems.org/events 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!
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 PMemail@example.com|
|Bridgton||Bridgton Town Office||12:00 PM||1:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brunswick||Brunswick Junior High||1:00 PM||2:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Cape Elizabeth||Cape Elizabeth Middle School||1:30 PM||2:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Casco||Casco Community Ctr||12:30 PM||1:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Chebeague||Chebeague Island Hall||12:30 PM||1:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cumberland||Falmouth Elementary||3:30 PM||4:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Falmouth||Falmouth Elementary||3:30 PM||4:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Freeport||Freeport High School||2:00 PM||3:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Gorham||Gorham Middle School||1:30 PM||2:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org
|Gray||Henry Pennell Municipal Complex||12:30 PM||1:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Harpswell||Harpswell Community School||12:00 PM||1:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Harrison||Harrison Fire Station||3:00 PM||4:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Long Island||Long Island Learning Center||12:00 PM||1:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Naples||Naples Town Office||1:00 PM||1:30 PMemail@example.com|
|New Gloucester||New Gloucester Community Bldg||3:00 PM||3:30 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|North Yarmouth||North Yarmouth Memorial School||12:30 PM||1:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Portland||King Middle School||1:00 PM||2:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pownal||Mallett Hall||1:30 AM||2:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Raymond||Raymond Fire & Safety||12:00 PM||1:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Scarborough||Scarborough HS||12:30 PM||1:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Sebago||Sebago Town Office||5:00 PM||6:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South Portland||S. Portland Community Ctr||12:00 PM||1:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Standish||Standish Municipal Ctr||12:30 PM||1:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Westbrook||Westbrook Community Ctr||1:00 PM||2:00 PMemail@example.com|
|Windham||Windham Town Hall||12:30 PM||1:00 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Yarmouth||Harrison Middle School||1:30 PM||2:00 PMemail@example.com|
Sunday, January 14th, 3-5pm
Conversation with candidates for Cumberland County District Attorney and US Senate.
Election of female delegate to DSC to fill remainder of term.
Discussion of caucus, convention, and activities for 2018 campaign.