On May 3rd, from 3 to 5 PM, we held a virtual meeting that centered around the draft Platform. Ben Grant, Chair of the 2020 Maine Democratic Party Platform committee, assisted us and accepted comments and discussion.
We also held a brief business meeting. One of the necessary actions was to elect at-large members of the CCDC (who can participate and vote in future meetings).
The zoom meeting was streamed live to YouTube and recorded so everyone can see the presentation and discussion.
March 8 Caucus: We now have the schedule for caucus times and locations in Cumberland County. Check out the MDP website www.mainedems.org/caucus.
You will find your caucus there. You can also pre-register. Then come
to the CCDC meeting on Feb. 23 to find out what you can expect at the
caucus and to get ready for the virtual rally on March 8.
Reminder – the term of membership for the Cumberland County Democratic
Committee runs from caucus to caucus. That means, at the March 8
caucus, your towns will be electing new delegates. If you want to be a
delegate, make sure you run. If you run and lose, you can still become
a delegate by coming to a CCDC meeting and asking to become an
Would you be willing to contribute to open offices in Cumberland County so we can send moving vans to the White House and Senator Collins’ offices in 2020? Well, here’s a teaser. There will be a fundraiser on April 7, 6-8, at the Rising Tide Brewery. The theme is 101 Years of Activism: Celebrating Strong Women in Politics and Community. We will be honoring Frances Perkins and women who have followed in her footsteps to bring progressive change to Maine. Click title for details and to purchase tickets.
Feb. 23, 3:00 – 5:00pm Spruce Room Westbrook Community Center Bridge St., Westbrook
Doors will open at 2:30. All Democrats welcome.
Brief business meeting
Primary and caucus process demystified. We’ve had many questions about the difference. Should I go to both? If I only go to one, which one should it be? Why should I go to the caucus if I’ve already voted? If I go, what are the activism options available? We’ll be ready to walk you through the connection between the primary and the caucus and from the caucus to the convention.
This year’s Cumberland County Democratic picnic will be held on July 14th at 2:00 (rain date July 28th) at Kiwanis Beach in Standish. There will be plenty of food on hand for vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores.
Also will we hold our pie auction. You will have a chance to bid on the best home made pies and desserts in Cumberland County.
Of course there will be candidates and elected officials there as well. We will be looking for people to sponsor the picnic. Details to follow. [Soon, it is hoped! – Editor]
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.
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, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to email@example.com 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.
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.