Mansfield Democrats to Attend Endorsing Convention
12 Mansfield Democrats to play key role in Springfield as U.S. Senate Candidates vie for Party endorsement
12 Mansfield Democratic Delegates will be in Springfield on Saturday to officially endorse a candidate to face Scott Brown (R -Wrentham) in the U.S. Senate race.
Currently, Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren is widely regarded as the frontrunner in the Democratic primaries. According to the Boston Globe, though, Marisa DeFranco, an immigration attorney from Middleton could qualify for the ballot if she receives 15 percent of the delegates on Saturday.
Democratic primaries will take place in September.
For more on the endorsing convention and Mansfield's role, below is a press release from Mansfield Democrats:
Mansfield Democrats will be among the more than 5,000 delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Endorsing Convention who will gather on June 2nd in Springfield to award the Party’s endorsement to one of the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate.
In February, Democrats and unenrolled voters gathered at a caucus in Mansfield to elect local representatives to the convention. Additional delegates were appointed by the Democratic State Committee to ensure that young people, minorities and persons with disabilities are adequately represented. They will join together with other delegations from around the state to participate in one of the largest examples of grassroots democracy the state has ever seen.
In all, Massachusetts Democrats held 557 caucuses throughout the Commonwealth.
Delegates from Mansfield will vote to select which candidate for Senate will receive the Party’s endorsement to be the nominee to face Scott Brown this fall in what is shaping up to be a pivotal race both locally and nationally. They will also join with volunteers after the convention to launch a massive city-wide canvass of Springfield to talk to voters about Democratic values and candidates.
The Senate candidate who receives a majority of the delegate’s votes will become the officially endorsed candidate of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Any candidate who receives at least 15% will remain on the Primary Election ballot.
The winner of the Party’s endorsement will address the convention following a final vote tally. The Massachusetts Democratic Party’s endorsement will be noted on the September 6th Primary Election ballot.
“Middle class families in Mansfield 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, Mansfield 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 Mansfield delegation contains the following members:
Mary Flynn, Peter Whalen, Frank Delvecchio, Daniel Connors, Hugh Boyd, James Bazinet, Stephen Harris, Dianne Royle, Deborah Snyder, Elizabeth Dye, Jennifer Bazinet, and Adam Balasarre