August 26, 2013

The Democratic youth in Massachusetts are engaged and readying for coming Election season

WORCESTER—The Young Democrats of Massachusetts (YDM) held a well attended Annual Convention Saturday August 17th at the Teamsters Local 170 in Worcester, Massachusetts that included multiple trainings, a gubernatorial candidate roundtable, and a special appearance by Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh.

Attendees enjoyed networking over breakfast and were formally welcomed by John H. Kleschinsky, 2012-2013 YDM Chair.  Next, guests participated in workshops, including: “Women in Politics” and “Effective Political Communication.”

Mike Lake, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor addressed convention attendees about the education system in Massachusetts, and urged: “We really have to think differently about how we educate young people.”

The last workshop of the day, “Running for Office as a Young Democrat” included honorable speakers Representative Diana Dizoglio (D-Methuen), Representative Paul Mark (D-Peru), Dylan Hayre, Candidate for State Senate (Norfolk, Bristol, & Middlesex), and Chelmsford Board of Selectman Chair Matt Hanson, who discussed the advantages and challenges of electoral politics as young Democrats.

YDM welcomed special guests Treasurer Steve Grossman and Mr. Joe Avellone, both candidates for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  The candidates answered questions from the audience on a broad range of topics from transportation reform, to paid sick days, to retaining young people in the Commonwealth.

At the awards ceremony, Christopher Jenkins received the Clinton Bench Award for Lifetime Achievement in YDM.  Jamie Eldridge won the Bob Smith Award for Friend of YDM, and Jane Rayburn received the Evan Rauch Award for Young Democrat of the Year.  Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh received the first annual Grassroots Organizer of the Year Award, which will be called the “John Walsh Grassroots Organizer” in subsequent years.

YDM parliamentarian Christopher Jenkins presided over the Elections held at the end of the convention.  YDM Election results can be viewed at: The 2013-2014 Board of Directors and convention attendees celebrated at the local Coral Seafood Restaurant.

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ABOUT: The Young Democrats of Massachusetts is a partisan political organization with over 3,000 members mobilized to create positive change across the Commonwealth.  “Our members are the leaders of today: Democrats under the age of 36 committed to getting Democrats elected and promoting progressive legislation. We are the future: now.”

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For more information about the 2013 YDM Convention, contact Jessica Finocchiaro, Communications Director at To get involved with YDM visit


Executive Committee

  • Chair: Elizabeth Maynard
  • Vice Chair of Administration and Finance: Mike Fox
  • Vice Chair of Programming and Policy: Tina Stanton
  • Treasurer: Kevin Gilnack
  • Secretary: Tim Dodd
  • Communications Director: Jessica Finocchiaro
  • Diversity Committee Chair: TBD
  • Fundraising Committee Chair: Joe Lazzerini
  • Membership and Outreach Committee Chair: Eunice Delice
  • Political Committee Chair: Jane Rayburn
  • Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs: Amy Mahler & JD Roger

Board Members

  • YDA National Committeeman: Jonathan Sclarsic
  • YDA National Committeewoman: Elaine Almquist
  • Democratic State Committeeman: Mark William Bracken
  • Democratic State Committeewoman: TBD
  • Chair Emeritus: John Klechinsky

At-Large Board Members

  • Michael Bakshi
  • Matt Hanson
  • James Blatchford
  • Jason Savageau