MARCHING FORWARD MASS’ ADOPT A CANDIDATE PROGRAM:
LAUNCHED and LIVE!!!
It is beyond gratifying, following months of organization, collaborative work with Indivisible Groups throughout our great State of Massachusetts and thoughtful concentration by MFM Leadership, to have launched an ambitious initiative this past Thursday 2.22.18. Over 90 Patriotic ACTIVISTS participated and are determined to focus their efforts to make a measurable difference in the 2018 Midterm Elections.
These elections are crucial to regain balance in our government. We are focused on Congressional Seats in “swing” districts close to home.
Our chosen campaigns (some with suggested and “championed” candidates now, and other districts that we will wait to see the primary winners in the summer and fall) are:
NJ District 11
NJ District 03
NH District 01
ME District 02
NY District 01
PA District 15
PA District 18
Conor Lamb of PA 18 is listed but NOT part of the vote as immediate tactical actions are required.
Once we have FOUR FINALISTS, we will announce (online and at next MFM meeting in April - date and time to be decided). Then we go to work with proven tactics: Social Media, $ donating, postcarding, calls and canvassing in districts. This will all be managed by team Captains in concert with selected Campaigns when the time is right. ONE now (www.conorlamb.com) do what you can and the rest TBD upon voting.
SO VOTE AND PLEASE send onto sister and fellow activists who first should go to our site www.marchingforwardmass.com to JOIN. They will then become part of this dialogue and focused work. Can’t wait to see who we ADOPT!
Adopt-A-Candidate Meeting Recap 2-22-18
Ninety Members of Marching Forward and politically concerned citizens gathered Thursday night to discuss congressional elections and the launch of the Adopt a Candidate program. This program directs focus and support to a few strategically chosen candidates and districts outside of MA with the intention of turning the House Blue in midterm 2018 elections.
Group founder and organizer Pattie Garrahy Robertson introduced the evening’s topics and background on work developed by the Leadership Team of MFM. A quick word from Michael Jackman, district director for Congressman Bill Keating of the Massachusetts 9th, followed. He reminded the assembled to bring the same motivated spirit to bear on their local, state and district elections this fall. It was agreed that our aim is to do both; yet the group’s mission is to turn swing districts blue in order to restore critical political balance. Laurie Bullard reminded the group about the Immigration Assistance Center’s work and fundraiser on Saturday, 2.24.
Teams then presented their candidates and/or districts for consideration:
Laurie Bullard and Nancy Smith introduced Mikie Sherrill, the frontrunner out of 5 candidates in the Democratic primary for the New Jersey 11th Congressional District. Sherrill is a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor. She was on the cover of Time Magazine this year as one of 48 first-time female candidates to watch. The current Representative, Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, is retiring.
Terry Cryan spoke next in support of Andy Kim, candidate for the New Jersey 3rd. Kim, a Rhodes scholar, worked in government as a counterterrorism advisor at the NSA and the Defense Department. He served as a strategic adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen in Iraq. A life-time resident of the district, Kim is running against incumbent Republican Tom McArthur, whose insurance company pedigree and conservative background led him to support the AHCA (“Trumpcare”), resulting in recent contentious town hall meetings in the district.
Leslie Powell Knowles and John Bullard presented information on the New Hampshire 1st district whose current congresswoman, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter is retiring. With seven Democrats currently running in the primary, Knowles and Bullard spoke to the particular strengths of candidates Chris Pappas and Maura Sullivan. As the seat has swung between parties in five of the last six elections, the speakers stressed the importance of supporting such a hotly contested race right in the group’s own backyard.
Vic Mailey spoke next about the Maine 2nd Congressional District. The seat is held by Republican Bruce Poliquin, but has a history as a swing seat. The region voted for Trump in 2016 and for Obama in the two prior elections. There are several high quality Democratic candidates, including Lucas St. Clair, the heir to the Burt’s Bees fortune, and Jared Golden, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Mailey also raised the topic of embedding volunteers within races to provide long-term assistance.
Barbara Trekker talked about Perry Gershon, the Democratic frontrunner for New York’s 1st Congressional District. Gershon, who spent years working in commercial real estate and has supported strong gun control efforts and access to affordable health care, is running against incumbent Lee Zeldin, who has described himself as “Trump before Trump” and has a strong anti-immigration agenda. This district voted for Trump in 2016, and for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Zeldin defeated a Democratic incumbent in 2014, all of which points to strong possibilities for Gershon and the other Democratic challengers.
Mia Lahti and Garrahy-Robertson spoke about the contested race in the Pennsylvania 15th, where Republican Charlie Dent ‘s upcoming retirement has sparked a fierce primary campaign.
Carole Ferguson and Rick Schnure discussed the special election on March 13th for the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District, which is pitting Democrat Conor Lamb against Republican Rick Saccone. This race is generating intense interest nationwide. You are encouraged to visit Lamb's wesite, and get involved. As this election is just over two weeks away, tactics for immediate execution were detailed. For now, go to Lamb's website, and consider making a donation to his campaign. Polling shows that the race is EVEN, despite the fact that Lamb is being outspent by Saccone, who has received substantial financial support from Republican PACs. Also, visit and like Lamb's FB page. And while you're there, like and add positive comments to posts you see there.
We are asking for a team Captain to lead the charge for Lamb.
Voting for the Adopt-A-Candidate Program will be live and FOUR Adopted Candidates and/or regions will be announced both online and at MFM’s next meeting in April, date and location to be decided.
Group was encouraged to JOIN on www.marchingforwardmass.com and share the word. With FOUR final campaigns execution teams and team Captain leadership is essential.
Thank you to all who attended and who are “marching forward” in these uncertain times.
Pattie Garrahy Robertson