Four districts are finished! The two Arlington State Rep districts, 23d and 24th Middlesex (one of which also includes Belmont) are completely ready to file. The Senate districts in Newton/Brookline and Roslindale/West Roxbury/Dedham are essentially done and awaiting city/town certification. In those places we no longer need more signatures.
Congratulations to the Arlington 25% Campaign, Arlington UJP, Occupy Arlington, and their supporters (coordinated by Barbara Boltz); Mass Occupy/Brookline (coordinated by Frank Farlow and David Klafter); Newton Dialogues on Peace & War (coordinated by Ann Glick with star signature-collector Eileen Kurkoski), and Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (coordinated by Michael Kane with star collectors Molly Hannon and Elaine Ruff)! These groups have shown us how to get it done -- let's follow suit!
We have three weeks to go to finish the rest of our districts. Here are reports from around the state.
Maryellen Kurkulos, Fall River
6/6: While there are three districts in Fall River, one (the 8th) which spills out to encompass all of Westport, we are concentrating on D7 and possibly D6. I have an interested Westport resident but I'm hoping to recruit her to work with us in D7. We start at Price Rite tomorrow, are attending 2 farmers markets this week as well as going door to door in some low income neighborhoods. Aiming for 100 signatures.
Sunny Robinson, Gloucester
6/7: We are coming along just fine here on Cape Ann. Getting signatures without too much difficulty. Will try to get a partial count for a Sat. update. Here in Gloucester we have turned in some sigs for verification and can get them back this afternoon, so we have a sense of how we are doing. Will get Rockport update tomorrow evening, thus a Sat. update.
I am sure others will have the same response as I to the comments of the concern from Marblehead etc. re the last item in the petition being a concern for the ballot. That item being the heart of the matter, this feedback I believe speaks to the need to be writing a really clear piece for the voter info booklet and developing materials that we all can use in our regions for a positive get out the vote campaign.