Thirty-one West Roxbury Democrats are headed to Springfield on Saturday to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Endorsing Convention to select the Party’s endorsement to one of the Democratic candidates for US Senate.
West Roxbury's Stephen Smith, is one of more than 5,000 delegates, who will attend the convention.
"I wanted to be a delegate because it will give the opportunity to hear Elizabeth Warren and Marisa DeFranco speak before the convention. Warren does have a Democratic opponent, Marissa DeFranco," said Smith.
He added, "Each candidate must receive 15% of the delegate vote at the convention. The question is will DeFranco get the 15% so she can be on the primary ballot. It’s also an opportunity to see other people I know in other parts of the state and catch up with what is happening where they live. There are often workshops after the convention business on a wide range of subjects and I often found those more interesting than the convention itself."
Delegates were chosen in February at 557 caucuses across the Commonwealth. Additional delegates were appointed by the Democratic State Committee to ensure that young people, minorities and persons with disabilities are adequately represented, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
Delegates will vote for which candidate will receive the Party’s endorsement to face US Senator Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, this fall.
“Middle class families in West Roxbury face a stark choice this fall. We can either keep the Commonwealth and our nation moving forward by sending President Obama back for a second term and replacing Scott Brown with a fighter for the middle class or we can allow the country to slip back into the doldrums of the past.” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. “In the months ahead, West Roxbury Democrats will play a key role in building the largest grassroots campaign the Commonwealth has ever seen, creating thousands of community conversations about our candidates and our ideas.”
The West Roxbury delegation contains the following members:
Daniel Fritz, Constance Martin, Lisa Ochs, Helen Haugh, Joseph Haugh, Anita Salmu, Diana Orthman, Gail Duffney-Cirillo, Carole White, Jennifer McGoldrick, William Smith, Brian Muldoon, Lawrence Connolly, George Donahue, Sharron Sawyer, Robert Tumposky, Coleman Harrison, Kathy Fitzgerald, Patricia Malone, Matthew Wilding, Paul Sullivan, Elizabeth Selleck, Michelle Von-Velger, Ann Cushing, Leo Connell, Marilyn Larosa, Cathleen Fiumara, Stephen Smith, John Fiumara, Margaret Sullivan, and Susan Anderson.