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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Key Voting Dates

Vote!In-Person Early Voting, Old Senior Center, 300 Dillingham Avenue: 

  • Saturday Oct 17  8 am to 1 pm
  • Sunday Oct 18  12 noon to 5 pm
  • Monday Oct 19 thru Friday Oct 23 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday Oct 24  8 am to 1 pm
  • Sunday Oct 25  12 noon to 5 pm
  • Monday Oct 26 thru Friday Oct 30 8 am to 4:30 pm

Other Key Dates:

  • Saturday October 24Last day to register to vote in November 3 election
  • Wednesday October 28 at 5PM – Deadline to submit application for mail in voting. However, you are strongly advised to submit your application no later than October 20 to allow for mail delays.
  • Tuesday November 3 - Election Day, precinct polling places open as usual 7am to 8pm
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Help Elect Local and Swing State Democrats

VolunteersNeededIf you’re interested in participating in any of these volunteer opportunities or if you have expertise or an idea for any other project or activity that will help elect Democrats, please contact the Activity Captain(s) listed below or Elaine Hickey (Volunteer Coordinator) at ehickey1202@gmail.com. If dates listed don’t meet with your schedule, contact Captains for alternative arrangements. Important: We need more volunteers for phone banking, both for MA candidates and for swing states. If you would like to make calls from home, please contact either Rosemary Carey, Judy Ziss, or Tom Lebach and they will help you get started.  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.

  1. Phone Banking: Swing States Captain: Rosemary Carey: rosemary@copyrose.com Phone banking to swing states to elect Biden/Harris and other swing state candidates every Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Contact Rosemary for more information.
  2. Phone Banking: MA Candidates Captains: Judy Ziss: judith_ziss@comcast.net or Tom Lebach:tomlebach@gmail.com Phone banking for MA candidates every Wed from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Contact Judy or Tom for more information, for other times, and/or for help getting started. This week’s calls will be for Su Moran, Sheila Lyons and Mark Forest.
  3. Letter writing to swing states: Captain: Bev Kingsbury: sakbev@gmail.com Write letters to swing states safely from home. You can pick up letter packets in Falmouth at Gus Canty Rec Center parking lot, 790 Main Street on October 1 5pm-6pm or October 8 5pm-6pm. If these times don’t work for you let Bev know. She may be able to deliver a packet to you. Don’t forget our mailing date is October 17 GREAT News! So far our nationwide team of nearly 40,000 letter writers for votefwd.org have produced over 9.3 million letters to our reluctant voters. Based on our data we know that will translate to a lot of votes.
  4. Standouts: Captain: Judy Fenwick: fenwickj@gmail.com Standouts will be held this Saturday from 9:15 am – 11:30 am at Stop and Shop, Falmouth and at the Falmouth Hospital intersection. Contact Judy or just show up. Signs to hold will be provided. Additional standouts are being planned.
  5. Social Media/Art/Virtual Socials: Captain: Zelda MacGregor: zeldamacgregor@gmail.com If you have interest in any of the above or if you have any other ideas or suggestions for innovative ways to promote Democrats, contact Zelda.​
  6. Yard Signs: Captains: Mary Harris mharris@haiadm.com and Martha Gillis marthajg@comcast.net: There are still yard signs available. Priority is given to high traffic locations.

Thank you all for participating and together, we can do this,
Elaine Hickey, Volunteer Coordinator, ehickey1202@gmail.com

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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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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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