Welcome

Welcome to the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee (FDTC) Website. To learn more about the FDTC, we encourage you to attend one of our meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Gus Canty Recreational Center or Falmouth Public Library. The meetings feature informative, issue oriented speakers. We also host social events before each meeting with time to discuss the issues of the day, celebrate electoral and legislative victories, meet candidates and elected officials, and air gripes about the extremist fringe.

Recently FDTC members were active in:

  • Grassroots campaign to elect Democrats in State and National elections
  • Shaping Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Platform
  • Attending the Massachusetts Democratic Party State Convention as Delegates
  • Participating in activist training workshops
  • Sponsoring candidate forums and issue discussions focused on gender inequality and reproductive rights, income inequality and opportunity inequality, race, Mid-East foreign policy, campaign finance reform, climate change and renewable energy, fair labor practices and protection of civil rights, and transportation for Massachusetts

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VOLUNTEER Now for a Blowout Victory in November

BlueWaveBanner2020CCongratulations to Democratic Party Primary winners – Senator Ed Markey, Congressman Bill Keating, State Senator Susan Moran, State Representative Dylan Fernandes, Barnstable County Commissioner Candidates Mark Forest and Sheila Lyons. The FDTC members are ready to carry you to an even bigger victory in November!

We also send our thanks and congratulations to Congressman Joe Kennedy and Dr. Cheryl Andrews for sharing their energy and vision, and for running exemplary campaigns.

With the primaries now behind us, it’s time to define the campaign volunteer role(s) each of us will play from now until November. Here is a Volunteer Signup Form.  Please browse the options, make your selection(s), and a team leader will get back to you shortly with the next steps.

Your action today helps ensure you play a key role in the most important election of our lifetime.  Thank you in advance for stepping up!

Yours truly,

Scott Simenas                                                          Rosemary Dreger Carey
Chair                                                                          Vice Chair

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Volunteer for a Biden & Harris Phonebank from Home by Contacting Coordinator or Signing Up On-Line

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Barnstable County Commissioner Candidate Forum on June 17

The three Democratic candidates for the Barnstable County Commission participated in virtual forum on June 17. They are running in the September primary, with the two primary winners vying for two County Commission seats in the November general election.  As many of you know, our own Mary Pat Flynn has decided not to seek reelection to the Commission.  We hope to keep her seat blue while replacing current Commission member who is a Trumpian.

The candidates answered numerous Cape related questions concerning: affordable housing, hospitals and health centers, civic engagement, women’s rights and services, forms of county government and whether change is needed on the Cape, policing and climate change.  Left Click on the each candidates name below to find out more information.

cheryl-andrewsDr. Cheryl Andrews served on the Select Board in Provincetown for 15 years. She was also the town’s representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates and served on the Provincetown Board of Health and Housing Authority and was a member of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative. Dr. Andrews, DMD, practices General Dentistry in Provincetown.

mark-forestMark Forest is a Yarmouth Selectman and teaches American Government and International Relations at Cape Cod Community College. He is Chairman of the Cape Cod Conservation District which secures federal funding to restore Cape Cod’s salt marshes, shellfish and fisheries resources in towns all across Cape Cod. He previously served as aide to the two former Cape District Congressman, Gerry Studds and Bill Delahunt.

shelia-lyonsSheila Lyons served two terms as a Barnstable County Commissioner from 2008 to 2016, as well as two terms on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates representing Wellfleet. She is currently a health care specialist at Outer Cape Health Services, where she helps clients navigate health insurance and MassHealth issues.

The featured guest speaker, Quentin Palfrey, Chair Voter Protection Corps, discussed efforts to implement safe, secure, and voter protected elections.  Mr. Palfrey was the Democratic Party nominee for Lt. Governor in 2018.

Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) submitted a House Resolution “Condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country.” The FDTC members voted to endorse the  resolution (NOTE:Left click on “resolution” to see text). A letter was sent to Congressman Keating urging him to Cosponsor the House Resolution.

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Statement Opposing Closure of Falmouth Hospital Birthing Center

FalmouthHospitalFalmouth Hospital announced plans to close its birthing center and in-patient pediatric services, because they determined the services were underutilized due to continuing decline of births in hospital. We oppose the closure of the Falmouth Hospital Birthing Center.

Closing the Falmouth Hospital Birthing Center and pediatric in-patient services will adversely impact the health for Falmouth’s young families and their youngest, most vulnerable members. Closure will result in infants, children, and women in labor traveling at least 45 minutes during a medical emergency to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. Closing the Falmouth Hospital Birthing Center will also deter young families, essential for a vibrant community and workforce, from moving to Falmouth. We urge the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to reject the closure.

Over the long term we favor the adoption of a single-payer government health care system with incentives of higher reimbursement rates for small and rural hospitals that maintain infrequently used essential services. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weakness of our employer-based health insurance system – when you lose your job you lose your health insurance at the time of greatest need. We believe a single-payer government health care system will help curtail rising healthcare costs, reduce inequality in access to health care, and improve hospital finances needed to maintain underutilized essential services.

Sincerely,

Scott Simenas, Chair                     Rosemary Dreger Carey, Vice-Chair

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Statement Condemning Police Brutality and Racial Profiling

george-floyd-protest-boston Dear FDTC Activist,

Images of yet another unarmed person of color horrifically murdered—the third such incident in the last month—have shocked us all.

We are saddened and outraged over the violent and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd was asphyxiated by an officer’s knee to his neck, while handcuffed and lying face down on the pavement. Breonna Taylor was fatally shot eight times by plain clothes police officers who entered her apartment while serving a “no knock warrant.” Ahmaud Arbery was hunted down and murdered by white vigilantes for running while black.

We reject the notion that these deaths are the result of a few “bad apples.” Vigilantes have no place in our democracy. Police are obligated to protect all of us.

The problems of police brutality, racial profiling and racial inequity are systemic, resulting in a 2.8x rate of violent deaths of black men versus white in the criminal justice system; a 5x incarceration rate of black versus white men nationwide; and massive health inequities including a 3x fatality rate from Covid-19 for people of color. This must change.

It will take much more than getting out the vote in November to dismantle the systems of racial oppression that results in routine violence against people of color. We must not accept another needless loss of a black life at the hands of police or self proclaimed vigilantes. We must insist that the justice system hold the perpetrators accountable. And we must confront and condemn institutional racism wherever and whenever we encounter it. We ask you to join us in this fight because Black Lives Matter.

Sincerely,

Scott Simenas                                                  Rosemary Dreger Carey

Chair                                                                  Vice Chair

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Philip Gessen 2020 Thelma Goldstein Scholarship Awardee

GessenScholarshipPhilip Gessen, Falmouth High School Class of 2020, was selected as the awardee for the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee Thelma Goldstein Scholarship.  Philip’s brother, Daniel, recruited him for door-to-door canvassing in the 2018 elections.  Philip was also volunteer/organizer for the Falmouth Plastic Water Ban and March for Our Lives rally in Hyannis.  Philip is President of the Interact Club and a mic carrier at Falmouth Town Meeting.   Philip will be attending University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall and  majoring in computer science or physics.

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2020 Election Calendar and Request Mail-In Ballot


Confused about the upcoming elections? You’re not alone. Here’s a quick rundown of the election dates in 2020.

  • Sept. 1 : Primary for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and State and County elected officials
  • Nov. 3: General for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and State and County elected officials

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Falmouth Democratic Town Committee Condemns Falmouth Hate Crime

The Falmouth Democratic Town Committee (FDTC) expresses our shock and sadness at the recent anti-Semitic hate crime directed at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation. We condemn this abhorrent crime against the Congregation and, by extension, the entire Falmouth Community.

The FDTC stands firmly against all forms of bigotry and we are alarmed by the trend of violent and disgusting acts in this country aimed at dividing peoples by those who traffic in hate.

This vicious anti-Semitic message directed at our friends, neighbors and family members here in Falmouth deserves our unequivocal response: these acts are repugnant, threatening and unacceptable.

The FDTC will continue to fight against all forms of bigotry, hatred and white supremacism at every level and we will work with our faith-based congregations, community groups and law enforcement to root it out.

Respectfully,

Scott Simenas                                                             Rosemary Dreger Carey
Chair, FDTC                                                                Vice Chair, FDTC

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Upper Cape Democratic Coalition

On Saturday April 12th the Massachusetts Democratic Party Executive Committee and the full body of the Massachusetts Democratic Party State Committee unanimously endorsed granting permission for the Upper Cape Democratic Coalition (UCDC) to use the name “Democratic” and approved the By-Laws.  The UCDC is a regional group of Democratic town committees and their members for Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich. The UCDC was formed to foster collaboration, cooperation, and mutual support among the town committees; elect Democratic Party candidates to state and national offices; and sponsor issues forums, candidate events, and fundraisers.  We solicit your ideas for activities and events for the UCDC to sponsor.

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