City Democrats to caucus, elect delegates and city committee officers

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Marlborough City Democrats will caucus Saturday, March 3, at 9 a.m. at the Francis J. Kane Elementary School, 520 Farm Road. The caucus will start at 10 a.m. and no entry will be allowed after 10:15 a.m. The caucus will elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention, to be held Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, at the DCU Center in Worcester.

This year’s convention will be a nominating convention and delegates will decide which democratic candidates for state offices can appear on the 2018 state primary election ballot Tuesday, Sept. 4. Democratic challengers to sitting democratic office holders need to secure the vote of 15 percent of the delegates attending the convention to appear on the primary ballot. The large field of democrats running to replace retiring U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas in the 3rd Congressional District are not subject to the 15 percent rule to get on the ballot.

Other business at the caucus will include the election of new city committee officers to two-year terms and adding new members to the city committee ward committees. Any Democrat wishing to become a member should come to the caucus.

“It is critical that we continue the momentum that Democrats have generated in the past year,” said Marlborough Democratic City Committee (MDCC) Chair Kirk Hurley. “I urge all Democrats to attend the caucus and take part in building our party for the future.”

While the caucus is free and open to the public, only registered and pre-registered Democrats in Marlborough can run as delegates or vote for delegates. The MDCC urges all Democrats to attend. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 18 by Sept. 4, 2018, will be able to participate in the caucuses and run for delegate.

Delegates and alternate delegates will be equally divided among men and women. In the spirit of inclusion, minorities and people with disabilities who are not elected delegates or alternates may apply to be add-on delegates. They may do so either at the caucus or online at www.massdems.org.