Friday, December 21, 2012

Marilee Kenney Hunt Named to Mass. Dem's 2013 Platform Committee

Today, Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Committee Chair Mayor Setti Warren announced the members of the Platform Drafting Committee who will be tasked with proposing a platform based on feedback from Democrats throughout Massachusetts.

Under Mayor Warren’s direction, any Democrat in Massachusetts may hold a hearing or provide recommendations on the party’s platform, which will be debated and approved by delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s convention next June in Lowell.

This effort is a continuation of the Massachusetts Democratic Party efforts to work with local citizens to establish an issues and values-based foundation for the biggest and broadest grassroots coalition in the history of the Commonwealth.

“Our platform is a set of values and statement of what we believe as Democrats,” said Mayor Warren. “Over the course of the next months, the Platform Committee will participate in an open and transparent process to gather those values and beliefs into a single document.”

The Platform Committee will compile a draft platform with the following sections: Education, Healthcare and Human Services, Labor, Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Transportation and Infrastructure, Public Safety and Crime Prevention, Revenue and Expenditures, Ethics and Transparency, Justice and Civil Rights, Voting and Democracy, Business and Entrepreneurship.

“This year, we are adding a section to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Platform to specifically lay out our agenda to support business growth and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth,” Mayor Warren added. “Massachusetts Democrats believes in a building an economy from the middle out, not from the top down and we want to show that small business can thrive in a fair economy.”

Members of the Platform Drafting Committee:
Mayor Setti Warren, Newton

State Committee Member Jim Ditullio, Saugus
Senator Jen Flanagan, Leominster
Mayor Thatcher Keezer, Amesbury
State Committee Member Kate Moore, Belmont

Healthcare and Human Services                      
Joe Kearns Goodwin, Waltham
Selectman Jesse Mermell, Brookline
Representative Jeff Sanchez, Jamaica Plain

Councilor Felix Arroyo, Boston
State Committee Member, Angela Cristiani, Quincy
State Committee Member John Dumas, Quincy
Representative Denise Garlick, Needham

Economic Growth                        
Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville
Representative Anne Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester
Councilor Dan Rivera, Lawrence
Kathleen Walker, Charlton

Energy and Environment                   
Senator Ben Downing, Pittsfield
Representative Lori Ehrlich, Marblehead
Senator Barry Finegold, Andover

Transportation and Infrastructure                
Representative Jen Benson, Lunenburg
Representative Tom Conroy, Wayland
State Committee Member Matt Fenlon, Chicopee

Public Safety and Crime Prevention                    
Sheriff Dan Bowler, Pittsfield
Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Waltham
Steve Tompkins, Boston

Revenue and Expenditures                  
Councilor Leland Cheung, Cambridge
Senator Katherine Clark, Melrose
State Committee Member Mara Dolan, Concord
Mayor Kim Driscoll, Salem

Ethics and Transparency                  
Senator Jamie Eldridge, Acton
Marilee Hunt, Bridgewater
State Committee Member Mike Lake, Boston

Justice and Civil Rights                        
Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Boston
Commissioner Holly Ryan, Newton
Councilor Serai Rivera, Worcester
State Committee Member Michelle Wu, Boston

Voting and Democracy                     
Cheryl Crawford, Boston
Councilor Tito Jackson,  Boston
Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Boston

Business and Entrepreneurship              
Senator Dan Wolf, Harwich
Mayor Lisa Wong, Fitchburg
Nick Bernier, Fall River 

Democrats from across the Commonwealth are encouraged to become a part of the Platform Committee.  Please click here to sign up for the Platform Committee.  Members of the committee will be expected to hold hearings across the Commonwealth over the next few months in order to discuss the substance of our next platform.  All testimony should then be submitted at

To see a schedule of hearings, to register a hearing, and learn more about the process, visit

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