This year’s Democratic convention in Springfield will occasion the ratification of a new state party platform. Like the one drafted before the Denver Democratic National Convention last summer, our state party platform is a statement of the party’s mission, goals and most important issues.
The process by which the platform is drafted, revised and eventually voted upon is an open one, but one not widely known or understood by most Democrats. This year, greater outreach is planned so that more people participate in the process and voice their views on what the platform should contain.
Platform hearings have always been a crucial part of the process, but this year many more platform hearings are being planned to further democratize the early stages of platform development. In our area, the 1st Essex-Middlesex Coalition will hold a platform hearing at Ipswich Town Hall on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 pm. Anyone with an idea to express for the platform is welcome to attend and voice your views. For more information, email platform drafting committee member Elizabeth Kilcoyne at firstname.lastname@example.org.