Endorsements on Ballot Questions

Thanks to the ballot question campaigns that spoke at our September 22 meeting, and to all for the robust discussion. We voted to endorse:

  • NO on 1 to ensure funding to maintain our roads, bridges and public transportation.
  • YES on 2 to update the "Bottle Bill", which will increase recycling and cut down on litter.
  • YES on 4 to allow all employees to earn sick time.

The majority voted Yes on 3 to repeal the law allowing casinos in Massachusetts, but it fell just short of the two thirds required for an endorsement.

September 22 Meeting

On November 4, Massachusetts voters will be voting on four ballot questions. We have invited the campaigns for and against each ballot initiative to speak and take your questions at this meeting.

Monday, September 22
Brighton Library meeting room, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton

The speakers will be:

Question 1 - Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing

  • NO: Justin Backal-Balik, Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges

Question 2 - Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law
  • YES: Phil Sego, Massachusetts Sierra Club
  • NO: Emilee Ellison, No On Question 2

Question 3 - Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming
  • YES: John Ribeiro, Repeal the Deal
  • NO: Roger Brunelle, Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs

Question 4 - Earned Sick Time for Employees
  • YES: Sheila Decter, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

And we will discuss the Massachusetts Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign and how to volunteer to help elect Democrats in November.

Vote on Tuesday!

On Tuesday, September 9, voters will select the Democratic nominees who will be on the general election ballot in November. With several statewide offices open, this is an important election that will have a significant impact on our state's direction for the next few years.

Polls across Massachusetts are open from 7am to 8pm. If you need to check where your poll is, you can look it up here.

We encourage you to support our endorsed candidates:

Warren Tolman for Attorney General

  • Represented part of Ward 21 in the State Senate from 1995 to 1999.
  • Leader on campaign finance and ethics reform, early childhood education, protection for survivors of domestic violence, environmental protection, tobacco disclosure laws, the original buffer zone bill to protect women’s access to clinics.
  • As Attorney General, plans to require “smart gun technology” on new firearms, bring together college/university leaders to reduce sexual assault on campuses, advocate for consumers and working families, continue to support equal rights.
  • Learn more at www.warrentolman.com

Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins

  • Member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department since 2002.
  • Appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as Sheriff in 2013.
  • Focused on care, custody and control; domestic violence prevention; education; mental health and addiction recovery; and re-entry.
  • Learn more at www.votestevetompkins.com

Our Committee met with candidates for all offices, and Warren Tolman and Steve Tompkins are the only candidates who received enough votes for our endorsement. Learn more about the other contested races in Tuesday's primary:


Lieutenant Governor


Suffolk County Register of Probate:

Governor's Council (district 3):

Voter Registration Deadline & Absentee Ballot Applications

To vote in the Massachusetts primary election on Tuesday, September 9, you need to register by Wednesday, August 20. Click here for information on how to register to vote, check your registration, or update your registration.

If you will be out of town or unable to get to your polling place on September 9, apply here for an absentee ballot.

2014 Endorsements

On July 9, the Ward 21 Democratic Committee met to consider endorsements for contested races in the 2014 Democratic primary. After thoughtful discussion, we voted to endorse:

Members cited Warren Tolman's progressive record, including strong support for women's reproductive rights and leadership on environmental protection; his demonstrated commitment to campaign finance reform; and his plans for the Attorney General's office, including increasing efforts to combat gun violence and sexual assault on college campuses.

No other candidates received enough votes for the Committee's endorsement, but in the other statewide races, our votes were similar to the Democratic state convention, with Steve Grossman placing first for Governor, Steve Kerrigan for Lieutenant Governor, and Deb Goldberg for Treasurer.

We encourage our community to visit warrentolman.com and votestevetompkins.com to learn more about our endorsed candidates and then vote for them on Tuesday, September 9.

Committee members and friends with Warren Tolman in Ward 21 this spring

Summer Social

The Ward 21 Democratic Committee kicked off this summer with our third annual Summer Social on June 24. Thanks to everybody who participated, especially our special guests former Governor and Mrs. Dukakis!

We were also joined by many campaign representatives and the following candidates and elected officials:

Thanks to our event sponsors for their contributions of $50 or more:
  • State Senator Will Brownsberger
  • State Senator Sal DiDomenico
  • State Representative Kevin Honan
  • Governor's Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney
  • Candidate for Sheriff Jerry Goodwin
  • Andrew Slade

See more photos from the event on our facebook page.

Summer Social on June 24!

Join the Boston Ward 21 Democratic Committee,
elected officials, Democratic candidates,
and our special guest
former Governor Michael Dukakis
for our
3rd Annual Summer Social

Tuesday, June 24
7:00pm - 9:00 pm

Scoozi restaurant
580 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, just west of Kenmore Square
(By the Blandford stop on the B line, or a short walk from Kenmore)

Appetizers and soft drinks, Cash bar

$10 per person
Contributions can be made at the event in cash (up to $50) or check, or online

RSVP by email or on facebook