If you are interested in having a role in choosing the next President of the United States and participating in a caucus, this weekend could be your chance if you are a Democrat (Republicans will have to wait a few weeks). On Saturday, April 9, Massachusetts Democrats will be holding caucuses to choose who will go to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention to represent either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, and the Clinton representatives will be chosen in Watertown. The Congressional District Caucuses will be held across the state, with separate locations for each of the main Democratic candidates. For the Fifth Congressional District, the Clinton caucus will be held in the Watertown High School auditorium, 50 Columbia St. in Watertown, while the Sanders caucus will be at Malden High School, 77 Salem St.
Super Tuesday was good for Watertown candidates. Four won their election to represent their party’s state committee, including two with contested races. Watertown Democrat Steve Owens won his race against Boston’s David Kazis with nearly 63 percent of the vote. Owens won 14,163 to 8,362. Republican Steve Aylward of Watertown received 65 percent of the vote and defeated Neil Edward St.
Watertown residents favored Bernie Sanders by a small margin in the Democratic primary, and heavily backed Donald Trump on the Republican side in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Presidential Primary. Sanders won 8 of 12 precincts and came out ahead of Hillary Clinton in Watertown, 4,422 to 4,338 in the unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. Martin O’Malley received 24 votes and Roque de la Fuente got 14 votes. Trump received 1,223 votes, or 49 percent of the GOP ballots. Marco Rubio narrowly beat John Kasich – 460 to 458 – for the second most votes in town.
Raya Sern, president of the League of Women Voters of Watertown reminds town residents to get out and vote on Tuesday. Stern sent out the following statement:
“The League of Women Voters of Watertown would like to remind everyone that it is Presidential Primary season again. Every four years we get a chance to tell our politicians our preferences for candidates for President of the United States. Make sure you take this opportunity to make your views known by going to the polls on March 1, 2016.” Voting Info
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
I am happy and proud to support David Kazis for Democratic State Committee Man on Tuesday, March 1 during the Presidential Primary. He is young, energetic, and ready to serve. I have known David for many years now and watched his commitment to our community and his involvement in political affairs across the state. His experience with City Year and Americorps where he assisted victims from hurricanes Katrina and Rita is inspirational. As a teacher, I know firsthand the importance of putting our children first and I am certain that David will play a big role in helping Watertown and moving the Democratic agenda forward to ensure that the Party is listening and attracting new voters to get involved in the political process.
I am very pleased to endorse Steve Owens for State Committee in the March 1 Democratic Party Primary election. For the past 8 years, Steve has ably served as Chair of the Watertown Democratic Town Committee and has greatly increased both the number of activities and citizen participation. Steve is the candidate for State Committee that has a proven track record of organizational leadership, supporting candidates, and engaging the voters. As chair of a Town Committee, Steve ran successful Election Day operations with over a hundred volunteers in Watertown. We need Steve on the State Committee because he has the experience to spread those lessons across Massachusetts.
On March 1, Democrats in Watertown will elect a new representative to the Democratic State Committee. I’m enthusiastically supporting Steve Owens. Steve is one of the savviest and hardest working people in Democratic politics in Massachusetts today and will make a huge contribution to the State Committee. Steve has led our Democratic Town Committee since 2008. One of his earliest challenges as chair was navigating the aftermath of former Representative Rachel Kaprielian’s sudden resignation from her State Rep. seat.
The Massachusetts Republican Assembly (MARA) and Sharron Angle, former candidate for United States Senate and President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) proudly endorse Deborah Dugan and Steve Aylward for Republican State Committee woman and man respectively in the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex Massachusetts State Senate District (include Watertown, Belmont, Back Bay, and Brighton). Both MARA and the NFRA are dedicated to reforming the Republican Party and giving the grassroots a greater voice in the policy and direction of the Republican Party. Deborah Dugan and Steve Aylward are dedicated to this same mission. In that spirit they have both signed “The Real Republican Reform Pledge.” (See below). We Confident that as your State Committee representatives Deborah and Steve will represent the interest of the Republicans in of the District.