Signature Events This Weekend!

Saturday, Feb. 5

South Portland1 1am-1pm 239 Harriet St.South Portland, ME 04106

Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/1x4c9si2P

Sunday, Feb. 6

Cumberland Dems 1pm-3pm Twinbrook Recreation Area 185 Tuttle Road, Cumberland

Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/348719270172731

Sunday, Feb. 6

Harpswell Dems and Harpswell Indivisible “Civic Sunday”
4 LOCATIONS!!!!

  • Bailey and Orrs Islands,1825 Harpswell Islands Road, parking lot at big yellow house on the east side of Route 24 (1-3 pm)
  • Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, upper parking lot (1-2 pm)
  • Harpswell Community School, lower parking lot (2-3 pm)
  • Harpswell Grange,Route 123, parking lot (1-3 pm)

CCDC General Meeting Details February

Greetings Cumberland County Dems!

Here is our Agenda – and some important information – for the upcoming General Membership Meeting now scheduled for Sunday, February 20th 3:00 – 5:00 PM (virtually by Zoom). This email has lots of important information, forgive us for the length!

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please join the meeting early to assist us in preparing for a vote (you need to be in the meeting by 3:00 so that we can prepare for voting).

  1. Welcome
    1. Approval of Chair’s Agenda – Acting Chair
    2. Approval of the December Minutes – Secretary
    3. Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer
  2. Upcoming Events – Caucus & Convention
  3. Welcome & Statement from Rep. Jim Boyle
  4. Municipal Committee Report
  5. Proposed Amendment to the CCDC Bylaws & Vote (more information below)
  6. Elections of CCDC Officers (more information below) (notice)
  7. Review of Previously Approved CCDC Facebook Policy
  8. Review of Proposed Public CCDC Information & Vote
  9. Upcoming Listening Session (more information below)
  10. Election of New General Membership
  11. Candidates Introductions – Time Limited
  12. New Business

Want more information? Keep reading – we have more details are below!

As always, feel free to reach out to us at chair@cumberlandcountydemocrats.org or cumberlandcountydems@gmail.org with your questions, comments, or concerns. Or, to tell us you want to get more involved!

Joe Zamboni, CCDC Acting Chair

Calling all Democrats: Be A State Delegate!

Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the Caucus and Convention process will be a bit different this year. Elections that normally occur at Caucuses will happen online and State Delegates can sign up for that important volunteer role now (you can even nominate yourself). Delegates will be able to participate at the Democratic State Convention in May either in-person or virtually!

Delegates will make important decisions about the Party’s issue platform, rules, and who serves on our leadership committee at the Democratic State Convention in May.


Learn More and Sign Up Here


Nominations for State Delegate are open through February 20 and online voting will take place from February 27 through March 6. Don’t delay! Participation is open to all Maine Democrats.

More Information Regarding CCDC Officer Elections


 The roles of CCDC Chair, Vice-Chair, and 2nd Vice-Chair are currently open! These roles, especially in election years, are incredibly important (and can be time-consuming too). These positions are also part of the CCDC Executive Committee – the decision-making body of CCDC in between General Membership meetings. The Executive Committee meets roughly every two weeks. You do not need to be a present member of the CCDC to run, but you do need to be registered as a Democrat in Cumberland County. If any of these opportunities sound like a role you could take on, feel free to let us know in advance, and send us a short biography that we will distribute to membership prior to the next meeting. Nominations will also be taken from the floor on February 20th. We will also elect a representative to the State Committee from Cumberland. 

*Additional notice – If any election results in a vacancy in another CCDC office, an election for that position shall follow immediately.


You can read more about the roles of Chair, Vice-Chair, and 2nd Vice-Chair at the CCDC Bylaws Page.

More Information Regarding CCDC Bylaws: Amendment Proposal & Vote

We have before us a proposal to amend the CCDC Bylaws. Any amendment to the Bylaws must be initiated by petition and signed by at least ten members of the CCDC. This proposal, initiated by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, would create a permanent CCDC Anti-Racism & Inclusion Committee (becoming our 4th CCDC Standing Committee). According to the Bylaws, this proposal needs to be simply voted up or down at our meeting, modification is not permitted.

Read the Proposed Bylaw Amendment Here 

More Information Regarding CCDC Listening Session

We discussed and have planned a CCDC Executive Team “Listening Session” so that CCDC members can have a forum to speak to the Executive Committee directly about how our committee can be more effective and strategic, moving forward. Please join us Sunday, March 13, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM using the registration link below. This Listening Session will be a few weeks after our February General Membership meeting (so that the newly elected officers can attend), and provide a forum for folks to express ideas, proposals, and suggestions for a bluer county. Please consider joining us and sharing your important ideas for a bluer county in 2022.

Register Here




What are State Delegates?

State Delegates represent their community at the Maine Democratic State Convention in (May 2022- virtual or in-person) and they are responsible for making crucial decisions and voting on the Party Platform, Charter, and new State Committee members. Any registered Maine Democrat can nominate themselves to be a State Delegate. No prior experience required! Sign-up here: www.mainedems.org/vote

Here’s how the process works:

  • You can sign up to be a State Delegate by filling out this form. Nominations are open through February 20. Any registered Maine Democrat can sign up.
  • From February 27 – March 6, Democrats will be able to vote online to determine which State Delegates will represent their community at the Convention (don’t forget to vote for yourself)! Signing up to be a State Delegate will also sign you up to vote.

Want to learn more? The MDP is holding info sessions on February 9 and February 15.

Cumberland County Democrats, take notice!

State Delegate Recruitment Progress

Keep Those Nominations Coming
As you may know, each community in Maine is allocated a certain number of State Delegates and we want to fill as any of those positions as possible! You can see from the above graphic that Lincoln County has already filled 20% of their delegate positions with Sagadahoc and Franklin Counties not far behind! Keep up to the good work!

CCDC Congratulates Jim Boyle On His Victory! 

A Message From Jim Boyle:

First, I want to thank the voters of Gorham and Scarborough for turning out to vote on a day that started out at 5 degrees and ended up at one below zero! This special election was a quick turnaround; just about ten weeks from the resignation to the election. But I met with hundreds of voters from Gorham and Scarborough in that time, and I appreciate all the feedback I received. From talking with citizens on their front porches and door yards, the top issues I heard about were the partisan divide in politics, the need for more renewable energy, and keeping students, teachers, and staff in school and safe.

I’ve been out of the legislature for seven years, and until October I hadn’t planned on running for office, so it will take me some time to get up to speed on what bills are in front of the legislature in the emergency session that just started about a week ago. In general, I will look to support bills related to pandemic safety, renewable energy, energy efficiency, improvement to child protective services and tribal sovereignty.

Jim won a three way race with 57% of the vote! This was the first, but definitely not the last, campaign of 2022.

Congratulations again to Jim!

Jim and his two dogs.

Cumberland County Dems Update

I am reaching out to share some of the recent changes in the CCDC Executive Team. Our Chair, and Second-Vice Chair, have recently resigned, and we thank them for their contributions. Normally, our First-Vice Chair would step into Acting Chair capacity, however Larry is taking a break from the Committee for now. This leaves me, the CCDC Secretary, to be Acting Chair in the interim.

Marcia Sullivan was recently elected as CCDC Treasurer, and Nancy Green and Angel Butts remain as Committee Chairs on our Executive Committee moving forward.

We hope this will be just a temporary period, and we will look to hold an election and fill these vacancies soon. As an all-volunteer organization, this work can be very time consuming, and we are so grateful for folks who dedicate their time and efforts to our small, but mighty committee.

While I only hold this role temporarily, I invite those with questions, comments, feedback, or concerns to reach out to me and the whole Executive Team at the CCDC Chair email address: chair@cumberlandcountydemocrats.org. Your contributions and your input are extremely important to us.

In addition, we will be setting up a CCDC Executive Team “Listening Session” in the coming weeks so that CCDC members can have a forum to speak to the Executive Committee directly about how our committee can be more effective and strategic, moving forward. The Listening Session is not meant to replace a General Meeting, or provide a forum for questions, debate, or answers, but simply a place for folks to express ideas, proposals, and suggestions for a bluer county.

A key thing to be aware of is that we will not be holding biennial municipal caucuses in March as we traditionally have. Given the uncertainty with the COVID pandemic, State Party leadership has suggested that it would be too risky to ask Democrats to gather indoors in March. But not to worry! We will be able to do all of the things we do at caucuses, and then some.

First, we will nominate and elect our State Delegates through an online process in late February and early March. Watch your email for an announcement from the State Party Thursday!

Second, we will plan on an in-person State Convention in Bangor in May, while developing plans for remote participation no matter what, and fully remote participation if need be.

Finally, we will gather locally at Local Organizing Meetings when the weather is warmer, probably springtime, when COVID is hopefully less severe, and when meetings can be held outdoors, to conduct the local business we usually do at caucuses, including elections.

We suggested at the last General Meeting that we would come back together on Sunday, February 13th. To prepare for multiple elections and the Caucus period, we will more likely meet towards the end of February. Thanks, and talk to you soon.

Joe Zamboni, CCDC Acting Chair

P.S. If you’re not currently volunteering with us, I encourage you to consider it, as we have quite a bit of work ahead of us this year.

December 12th Membership Meeting Agenda and Registration

Cumberland County Democrats! Let’s squeeze in one more meeting before we begin celebrating, Sunday December 12, from 3-5. It will be remote, by zoom video. And here is the link to register:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note that this is not the link to connect, it is a link to register. We ask you to register in advance. If you want to be sure of participating you must register no later than 15 minutes before the start of the meeting (that is 2:45 Sunday December 12), and trying to connect no later than the start of the meeting (3:00). If you do these things after these deadlines you may or may not get in.

Here is the Agenda:

1. Approve the Agenda.

2. Approve minutes of last meeting.

3. Posted in facebook group is the tragic news of the passing of Bill Birthisell. Bill was an amazing person whose loss can not be overstated. He was also our treasurer. We can not replace him, but we have to try. So there will be an election for CCDC Treasurer. Duties include keeping track of our finances, paying bills, filing finance documents with Maine and the US. The Treasurer is required to attend the every-other-monthly membership meetings of the CCDC. And as a CCDC Executive Committee member is very strongly encouraged to attend the every-other-weekly meetings of the CCDC Executive Committee. Only requirements are being a registered Democrat in Cumberland County – you do not need to be a present member of the CCDC.

4. The CCDC’s facebook policy.

October 17th Membership Meeting Agenda and Registration

Greetings Cumberland County Democrats! The October membership meeting is October 17, from 3-5. It will be remote, by zoom video. Please register in advance for this meeting. Here is the link to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsf-itrTkiG9DcVj8ufLtDba61qatozeDu

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please note that this is not the link to connect, it is a link to register. We ask you to register in advance, that gives us an idea of how many voters we are likely to have. We have had a problem with people trying to register at the last minute or trying to join after the meeting has started, and then getting upset when they don’t get in or don’t get ballots. The Executive Committee has therefore set as requirements if you want to be sure of participating you must register no later than 15 minutes before the start of the meeting (that is 2:45 Sunday October 17), and trying to connect no later than the start of the meeting (3:00). If you do these things after these deadlines you may or may not get in.

This is another not normal meeting, it is a meeting called to do a few particular pieces of business.

Here is the Agenda for October 17:

1. Approve the Agenda.

2. Approve minutes of last meeting. See them here. https://mcusercontent.com/ea06e9f1866940d907cd15bd6/files/f323dd8b-d3ee-f775-3c0d-2a86537a3d31/CCDC_Sept_2021_minutes.pdf

3. Treasurer’s report.

4. We are sad to say that Marcella Marino has found herself too busy to continue as Cumberland County Democratic Committee Vice Chair, so we need to elect her replacement. The Vice Chair is an important part of the CCDC Executive Committee. The EC meets roughly every two weeks and deals with emergencies and plans membership meetings and future events. The Vice Chair should also attend the CCDC membership meetings. And the Vice Chair may be asked to do other things by membership or by the EC. The only requirements for being on the EC is that you be and stay registered as a Democrat in Cumberland County. You do not need to be a present member of the CCDC. If this sounds like a role you would like to fill feel free to let me know in advance, and send me a short biography that I will distribute to membership. Nominations will also be taken at the October 17 meeting.

5. How public do we want to make our membership list? There is an official list of CCDC members. To this point that list has not been public. Do we want to change that? Make public just names and towns? Names, towns and contact information? Make available to the world? To just CCDC members? To persons running for CCDC office who want to reach voters? Something else?

6. We will continue a review of Facebook policy for the CCDC. Last meeting we looked at a proposal from the Cumberland County Democratic Committee Executive Committee. What follows is that proposal with modifications suggested my Membership in September, and some guidelines that were established by previous CCDC Chair Rachel Hendrickson. None of this is existing policy, it is all up for discussion It can be discussed as a whole or in parts. We will vote on policies that will accomplish what CCDC needs in order to have a Facebook presence that is fair, member-chosen, and will let us be effective.

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1)The new CCDC Maine Facebook page (the Page) at https://www.facebook.com/ccdcmaine will be used to communicate official CCDC business such as meeting and event information and to promote other Party activities. Anyone with access to the internet will be able to see what is posted to the Page.

2)The Page will be maintained by a person or persons elected by the Membership under the direction of the CCDC Executive Committee (the Moderator[s]). Anyone can submit material to be posted to the Page, but all posts must be pre-approved by a Moderator according to the Codes of Conduct.

3) Clear Codes of Conduct for both the Page and the Group will be developed by the CCDC and approved by the membership. These guidelines will be pinned to the top of the Page/Group’s Wall, where they will remain visible to all readers.

4)The CCDC Facebook Group (the Group) settings will remain Private. New members will be limited to current CCDC voting members (the CCDC Membership) only.

5)All members of the Group can post to the Group and comment on the posts of others. Posts are visible only to members of the Group.

6)The Group will be used for internal discussion of CCDC business matters and as a place where members of the CCDC Membership can discuss issues of interest to the Party.

7)Current members of the Group who are not voting members of the CCDC will be contacted via Facebook and given the following options:

7a. Attend a CCDC meeting prior to 31 December 2021 and become a voting member to remain in the Group.

7b. Continue to follow the activities of the CCDC by Following the Page.

8) Members of the Group who are not CCDC members will be removed from the Group on 1 January 2022.

The following sets of guidelines are based on protocols developed for the CCDC under Rachel Hendrickson’s leadership. If approved, they will serve as Codes of Conduct that will remain pinned to the top of the Page/Group’s Wall, where they will be visible to anyone who visits those sites.

Guidelines for the public PAGE:

1) The CCDC Facebook Page is a public Page maintained by the CCDC; that is, while any member of the public may see it and comment on it, only Moderators approved by CCDC membership may post to it.

2) The purpose of this Page is to provide Cumberland County Democrats with CCDC, MDP, and town committee information, to complement Democratic campaigns once primaries are over within the guidelines of the MDP Charter, and to offer a place for information and discussion of issues of political concern to CCDC FB members.

3) Anyone can submit material to be posted to the Page, but all posts must be pre-approved by a Moderator. Approved messages will be posted as soon as possible. Posts must adhere to the following guidelines:

3a) The CCDC maintains neutrality in contested primary elections at the local, state, or national level. An attempt to run a campaign from this Page may appear to be an endorsement. Thus, this Page may not be used as the campaign page for any candidate. Candidates may announce their candidacy, but then refer members to their campaign page or website. They may announce an event, but again refer members to the external site for information and discussion.

3b) Presentation or discussion of an issue or candidate must be free from personal or ad hominem attacks. Expressions of support for an issue or candidate are acceptable, but refrain from attacking those who disagree or who support an opposing view or candidate.

4) In comments, consider whether the CCDC FB Page is the correct place for an issue to be raised. A discussion on FB, no matter how passionate, rarely settles anything. There are frequently more appropriate venues, and members may be referred to those venues by moderators. Remember, the Page is visible to everyone on the internet. Attacks on FB can end up in an opposition election ad.

5) If a FB member is getting close to a violation in a discussion, a Moderator will warn the member privately through Messenger or another means and may delete the post. If a thread is moving past the original topic and getting into negative attacks, a Moderator will warn the group without singling out individuals. Individuals who persist will be blocked from the Page, and their posts may be deleted.

Guidelines for the members-only GROUP:

1) The CCDC FB Group is a private, members-only group; that is, only members can post to it, see what is posted to it, or comment on those posts. Posts to private groups are not to be shared outside the group.

2) The purpose of the CCDC FB Group is to provide a forum for CCDC members to discuss the internal business of the CCDC, MDP, and town committee, to discuss how the CCDC might complement Democratic campaigns once primaries are over within the guidelines of the MDP Charter, and to offer a place for information and discussion of issues of political concern to CCDC FB members.

3) Discussions of any issue or candidate must be free from personal or ad hominem attacks. Expressions of support for an issue or candidate are acceptable, but refrain from attacking those who disagree or who support an opposing view or candidate.

4) Consider whether the FB Group is the correct place for an issue to be raised. A discussion on FB, no matter how passionate, rarely settles anything. There are frequently more appropriate venues, and members may be referred to those venues. Though this Group is private, there is no guarantee that material posted here will not be shared outside the Group. Attacks on FB can end up in an opposition election ad.

5) If a FB member is getting close to a violation in a discussion, a Moderator will warn the member privately through Messenger or another means and may delete the post. If a thread is moving past the original topic and getting into negative attacks, a Moderator will warn the Group without singling out individuals. Individuals who persist will be removed from the Group, and their posts may be deleted.

6) Group members who witness possible violations of any of these Codes of Conduct are encouraged to report the incident(s) in a private message to the Moderators.

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7. Discuss how often CCDC wants to meet. Under my leadership we had aimed for every other month. We have now met in consecutive months, and with public elections in 2022 we could meet in November too. Do we want to meet monthly? Stick with every-other and add as desired?

These agenda items involve voting. Only people who are currently members of the Cumberland County Democratic Committee will be allowed to vote. Voters will receive a separate email invitation BEFORE the meeting. If you are not presently a CCDC member and want to be, the next item on the agenda for October 17 will be

8. Electing new members to the CCDC. Election by membership is subject to being eligible for membership – being registered as a Democrat in Cumberland County. If you are elected in October and are eligible to join you will be eligible to vote the next time the CCDC meets.

9. Announcements.

Normally I can estimate how long a meeting will take. I do not know how long discussion of Facebook policy will take. If it takes a while I hope we can finish our meeting by 5:00. If it is quick and we finish our business in one hour or less we can end early

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