The Belmont Democratic Town Committee (BDTC) is the local, grassroots branch of the Democratic Party. We are established under the authority of the General Laws of Massachusetts (Ch. 52, § 2) and the Charter of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Under this, we advocate for the ideals of the Democratic Party locally, statewide, and nationally.
Our Platform, as approved at the 2017 Convention, may be viewed here. Please note that the 2021 MassDems Convention is a platform convention. Thus, a new platform will be adopted at the convention on September 25th, 2021. The convention will be fully virtual.
As a member of the BDTC, you become part of an organization that believes in advancing the goals of the Democratic party. We incorporate inclusivity, equality, and economic policies that advance everyone, not just those at the top. We understand that our country and world are better when we all have access to healthcare. We abhor environmental degradation, knowing that the failure of protecting our natural resources will only further cause damage to marginalized groups and our planet as a whole. We strive towards building a country where equal opportunity is universal.
We meet once a month, with the exception of July and August, and invite speakers who inspire activism.
The BDTC is the local branch of the Democratic Party. We have three types of members:
Ex Officiis Members: Voting members by virtue of service on the Democratic State Committee and residence in Belmont.
Full Members: There are 35 Elected Members who have full voting rights.
Associate Members: These individuals can participate in all activities except voting. Many Associate Members go onto becoming full members. There is no limit to the number of Associate Members.
Vacancies in the Committee are filled by vote of the BDTC. Associate Members are the first candidates for filling any vacancies. The Committee also employs an Executive Board to manage the day-to-day activities of the BDTC. All members of the Committee are enrolled Democrats.
What We Do
The Committee conducts a number of Democrat-related activities including, but not limited to:
the endorsement of enrolled Democratic candidates in partisan and nonpartisan elections,
financially supporting the State Committee and Democratic nominees,
fundraising for political purposes,
adopting resolutions and platforms,
voter registration campaigns,
caucusing to endorse candidates and elect convention delegates, and
conducting other Party business.
In furtherance of the ideals of the State Party and to reflect the make-up of Belmont, we actively recruit veteran, minority, immigrant, female, LGBTQIA+, young and disabled Democrats to join us. All of our meetings are held in handicapped accessible locations. Please contact the Affirmative Action and Outreach Officer for more information.
All registered Democrats and those who are unenrolled (“independents”) are invited to attend BDTC events. Any Democrat in Belmont is eligible to join the Committee.
Belmont Democrats work to get Democrats elected at the local, state and national levels. We support and promote candidates by raising money and sharing and advancing goals.
As a local Democratic Party committee, we support the ideals and aims of the party, and participate in the ongoing discussion at the state and local level that determines these ideals and aims.
We do everything within our power to promote the Democratic party in our state, because we believe Democrats are good for Massachusetts.
Local elections are the core of the democratic process, and that’s where we live. Belmont Dems work to get Democrats elected at the local, state, and national level.
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