On Saturday, February 10 at 10am, Ward 4 (Back Bay/South End/Fenway) held its caucus at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library, located on the corner of Tremont St and West Newton St, embedded amidst orderly acres of red and brown brick townhouses. I arrived to find a number of individuals gathering signatures outside the library’s front entrance, taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather. I had my clipboard and a nomination sheet for Clerk of Court Maura Hennigan. Since hers is a county-wide office, it is relatively easy to find qualified signatories: any Democrat residing in Boston, Winthrop, Chelsea or Revere is eligible to nominate. Also gathering signatures that morning were Jeff Ross, Chair of Ward 9 (South End/Roxbury) and Democratic State Committeeman for the 2nd Suffolk District; and Marie Turley, Chair of Ward 11 and Democratic State Committeewoman for the same. Encouraged by the presence of friends, I began to gather signatures, but not before being introduced to a new #bospoli colleague, from Dorchester’s Ward 13, who, after spending some time away from Boston politics, has recently made a return to the fray.
Now that caucus season has come to an end, I am happy to report to my several readers a scanty few of my many observations. I attended Democratic caucuses in eight of Boston’s 22 wards throughout February and early March, and was pleased to see old friends and make new acquaintances. With a more active Massachusetts Democratic Party primary in 2018 than in many previous election years, the caucuses were well-attended. Where elections were necessary to select delegates, they were contested. Especially dramatic to watch were the discrete but open efforts taking place to elect certain “slates” of delegates: some committed to a particular candidate for statewide office; others consisting of ward committee members; and several being headed by Boston’s community organizer in chief – The Honorable Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Dorchester’s Ward 17.