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Nearly 60 Democrats in Arlington held a caucus Saturday morning, June 17, to elect delegates to the 2023 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. The caucus filled the function room of Donut Villa on Broadway.

Before the caucus began, Gov. Maura Healey spoke to the attendees, thanking Arlington for its support for her election last fall. Also speaking was Steve Kerrigan, newly elected chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, who encouraged Arlington Democrats to help elect Democrats in Massachusetts and across the country. State Sen. Cindy Friedman introduced the speakers and welcomed attendees.

Elected as Arlington's 13 delegates were Barbara Atkins, Robin Bergman, Lynn Bishop, Elinore Charlton, Maureen Crewe, William Gardiner, Guillermo Hamlin, Jennifer Litowski, Linda Magram, Pearl Morrison, Paul Schlichtman, Michael Watson and Edward Witham Jr.

Chair Stephanie Swanson will serve as an ex-officio delegate. Other Arlingtonians serving as ex-officio delegates are Marlene Silva, who serves on the Democratic State Committee, as well as state Rep. Sean Garballey and Friedman.

The 2023 Convention is to take place in person Sept. 23 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, to discuss the critical issues facing the people of the Commonwealth and set an agenda for the party in the year ahead. (The convention is the same day as Arlington's Town Day, one reason for the small number of delegates.)

For more information on the Arlington Democratic Town Committee, contact Stephanie Swanson at 716-435-4153 or visit the website at

For general information about the convention, contact the Massachusetts Democratic Party at 617-939-0800 or go to

This news announcement was published Monday, June 19, 2023, based on information from the town Democrats. Kim Haase, Arlington Democratic Town Committee secretary, prepared the copy.