WDCC August ’22 Newsletter

Save the Date – Fall Meeting
Saturday, September 24, 9:30 @ American Legion

We’ll hold our fall meeting on Saturday, September 24 at 9:30AM at the American Legion, 194 Lexington Street.  Our meeting will be in person – should you require accommodations, please email woburndems@gmail.com as soon as possible so we can assign volunteers for assistance.

Our fall meeting will be very important for two reasons:

1) the State Election is ahead – our post-primary meeting will focus on organizing to support Democrats in their races into November!

2) the WDCC membership will be presented with the By-Laws Committee Report with revised WDCC By-Laws for a vote. The new by-laws reflect the most recent Massachusetts Democratic Party Charter and will bring our committee into the modern era.

Regarding the by-laws, our new by-laws include that any changes to the by-laws must be circulated to the members 30 or more days in advance of the meeting when a vote will be held.  To meet that requirement, the proposed by-laws are included here for your review and are also posted on our website, www.woburndems.org. Members of the By-Laws Committee:

– Anthony Langone, Jr., Chair; Pat Deal, Carol Donovan, John Heslin, Jennifer Hess, Jennifer Jones. 

Please direct any questions you have on the proposed by-laws to Anthony Langone. The Massachusetts Democratic Party and their counsel have reviewed our by-laws and found them compliant with the Charter of the state party.

Also planned for our September meeting, for any members of our Ward Committees who found your ward was changed due to reprecincting, we will formally move you to your new ward and complete the membership paperwork.

Early Voting and Vote by Mail in Woburn
Early voting for the primary election starts this weekend!  The last day to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot is Monday, August 29. If you have students returning to school, or you are traveling over the September 6 election date, please consider early voting or vote by mail so you don’t miss your opportunity to support candidates in the primary!

Early voting in Woburn will take place at the Old Wyman School, 679 Main Street.  The following early voting schedule was confirmed with Woburn City Clerk Lindsay Higgins:

 State Primary Early Voting
– Saturday, August 27th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, August 28th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Monday, August 29th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, August 30th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, August 31st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, September 1st 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, September 2nd 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   

State Election Early Voting 
– Saturday, October 22nd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, October 23rd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Monday, October 24th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, October 25th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, October 26th 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, October 27th 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, October 28th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Saturday, October 29th 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
– Sunday, October 30th 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
– Monday, October 31st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Tuesday, November 1st 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Wednesday, November 2nd 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
– Thursday, November 3rd 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Friday, November 4th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you choose to vote by mail, you can mail your ballot (recommended to allow 7 days for out of town), hand deliver your ballot to the City Clerk’s Office, hand deliver your ballot at the polling place during any early voting hours, or use one of the lockboxes at the rear/accessible entrance to City Hall (one box is installed on the building; one is a freestanding lockbox – both are checked several times a day and both are secured). 

You can check the City of Woburn website for information about early voting and Vote by Mail – right now they are providing links to the Secretary of State website for applications and information.  The last day to apply for a mail ballot for the primary is Monday, August 29.  Check your voter registration status and polling location hereDue to reprecincting in Woburn, your polling place/ward may have changed.

Apply to vote here.

Thank you to those of you who will be working the polls on election day and early voting!

Governor’s Council District 3 Debate
The League of Women Voters is hosting a debate for Governor’s Council District 3 Democratic Candidates.  Woburn is part of District 3.  Incumbent Marilyn Petitto Devaney and challenger Mara Dolan will participate in the event on Tuesday, August 30 at 4p.m.  The debate will be recorded by NewTV.org (Newton Public Access) and will be distributed across the District 3 area and will be available on the local LWV websites.

Questions can be submitted in advance to GCd3questions@gmail.com.  Below is the advertisement of the event provided by the League of Women Voters.

Democratic Candidate Debates – Recordings
WBUR, WCVB and The Boston Globe recently co-hosted debates for Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Auditor in advance of the primary election.  Here are links to each hour-long debate:

Lieutenant Governor – August 16, 2022, WBUR

Attorney General – August 10, 2022, WBUR

Secretary of State – August 8, 2022, WBUR

Auditor – August 3, 2022, WBUR

Inflation Reduction Act Delivers for Massachusetts
Following is from MassDems about how the Inflation Reduction Act will help in Massachusetts:

The Inflation Reduction Act Delivers Affordable Clean Energy for Massachusetts

The Inflation Reduction Act is the most significant legislation in U.S. history to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen American energy security. It will lower energy costs for households and businesses, create manufacturing jobs for American workers, and deliver a clean, secure, and   healthy future for our children and grandchildren. The savings, jobs, and other benefits provided by this legislation will reach communities across Massachusetts.   President Biden promised to combat the existential threat of climate change and build a clean energy future that creates jobs, advances environmental justice, and lowers costs for families. He’s following through on that promise with the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

•    LOWER ENERGY COSTS: The Inflation Reduction Act will make it more affordable for Massachusetts families to purchase energy efficient appliances when they need to, make repairs around their homes, and save money on their utility bills each month, through: Rebates covering 50-100% of the cost of installing new electric appliances, including super-efficient heat pumps, water heaters, clothes dryers, stoves, and ovens. In Massachusetts, millions of low- and moderate-income households are eligible for rebates. Rebates for households to make repairs and improvements in single-family and multi-family homes to increase energy efficiency. Tax credits covering 30% of the costs to install solar panels and battery storage systems, make home improvements that reduce energy leakage, or upgrade heating and cooling equipment. No income limits apply. For solar, uptake projections estimate that over 90,000 additional Massachusetts households will install rooftop panels as a result. Tax credits covering 30% of the costs of community solar projects—owned by local businesses that sign up families to save on their electric bills—with additional bonus credits of 20% for projects at affordable housing properties and 10% for projects in low-income communities. Grants to help state and local governments adopt the latest building energy codes, which would save the average new homeowner in Massachusetts 2.4% on their utility bills—$73 annually.

•    GOOD-PAYING JOBS: In 2021, there were already 113,409 Massachusetts workers employed in clean energy jobs. The Inflation Reduction Act will expand these opportunities, bringing an estimated $11.4 billion of investment in large-scale clean power generation and storage to Massachusetts between now and 2030. It provides a historic set of tax credits that will create jobs across solar, wind, storage, and other clean energy industries. These credits include bonuses for businesses that pay a prevailing wage, so that Massachusetts workers earn a good paycheck as we build the clean energy future in America.

•    DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers employ 232,500 workers in Massachusetts, and the Inflation Reduction Act will help us make the technologies of the future at home—supporting local economies and strengthening supply chains. The Inflation Reduction Act will boost U.S. manufacturing of clean energy and transportation technologies, as well as investments for a new Advanced Industrial Facilities Deployment Program to position America to lead the growing global market for clean steel, aluminum, cement, and more. 

•    SMALL BUSINESSES: Massachusetts is home to 715,425 small businesses, representing 99.5% of all businesses in the state, and the Inflation Reduction Act will help them save money. Commercial building owners can receive a tax credit up to $5 per square foot to support energy efficiency improvements that deliver lower utility bills. Other programs that will benefit small businesses include tax credits covering 30% of the costs of installing low-cost solar power and of purchasing clean trucks and vans for commercial fleets.

•    ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Inflation Reduction Act will make it easier and cheaper to purchase an electric vehicle, with upfront discounts up to $7,500 for new EVs and $4,000 for used EVs, helping middle-class Americans skip the gas pump and save on fuel costs. In Massachusetts, millions of people will be eligible for these discounts. Massachusetts recently submitted a state plan for using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build out EV charging stations along highways.

•    CLEANER AIR: The Inflation Reduction Act will significantly reduce pollution, resulting in 100,000 fewer asthma attacks in America in 2030, and position the U.S. to achieve President Biden’s climate goals. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions will not only avoid costly climate impacts from more extreme weather, but also improve local air quality—preventing premature deaths and reducing air pollution. In addition to reducing pollution across the economy, the Act will benefit communities most in need of cleaner air, with in environmental justice block grants, investments for cleaner buses and trucks, and a Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator that will prioritize emissions-reducing projects in disadvantaged communities.

•    RURAL OPPORTUNITIES: The Inflation Reduction Act supports climate-smart agriculture practices, which will help Massachusetts’s 7,200 farms lead on climate solutions and reward their stewardship. Electric cooperatives will for the first time be eligible for direct-pay clean energy tax credits.

•    RESILIENT COMMUNITIES: The Inflation Reduction Act will upgrade affordable housing, including projects that boost resilience in the face of intensifying extreme weather. In Massachusetts, tens of thousands of people live in affordable housing units that are eligible for upgrades like flood-proofing and storm resistance, as well as clean energy and electrification. A new Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program includes support for transportation projects and planning to protect against flooding, extreme heat, and more. The Inflation Reduction Act also invests in strengthening America’s forests, including programs focused on preventing wildfires and for tree planting projects that help protect communities from extreme heat.

Are you volunteering to help Democrats win by sending postcards, phone banking, canvassing or any other activity? Send and email to WoburnDems@gmail.com and let us know what action you are taking – we might be able to send more volunteers your way!

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