BOSTON, Massachusetts — May 16, 2016 — The Young Democrats of Massachusetts gathered for their annual convention on May 14th to discuss issues in this exciting election year and elect a new Board of Directors.

The convention featured a panel on running for office featuring several young and young-at-heart Democrats who either hold or are seeking elected office. Jessica Finocchiaro, Tacky Chan, Jennifer Migliore, and Bryan Barash discussed their experiences in running for public office.

Interim Chair Leonard Grover oversaw the election of the Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 session.

Board of Directors Election Results:

Chair: Matthew Murray
Vice Chair of Administration & Finance: Alex Zapata
Vice Chair of Programming & Policy: Robert Cohen
Treasurer: Kevin Gilnack
Secretary: Zach Agush
Membership and Outreach Director: Dru Tarr
Political Director: Jim Blatchford
Public Policy Director: Thomas Dalton
Diversity Director: Brent Parrish
Communications Director: Melissa Fortson

YDA National Committeeman: David Perelman
YDA National Committeewoman: Christine Lowe

At-Large: Rachel Quinn
At-Large: Patrick Prendergast
At-Large: Emily Stetson
At-Large: Michael D’Ortenzio

1st Congressional District: Casey Pease
2nd Congressional District: Bryon Hefner
3rd Congressional District: Gary Mannion
4th Congressional District: Jason Paul
5th Congressional District: Devan O’Toole
6th Congressional District: Jack Suslak
7th Congressional District: Matt Shochat
8th Congressional District: Robert Purtee-Solis
9th Congressional District: Vacant

The new board is excited to work together to reinvigorate and grow the Young Democrats of Massachusetts.

Featured guests Congressman Seth Moulton and Senate President Stan Rosenberg addressed those in attendance and took questions from the audience.

Congressman Moulton spoke about the challenges of working with a Republican-controlled Congress and how local organizing by Democratic organizations will be key in winning the November election.

Senator Rosenberg spoke about the policy accomplishments of the State Senate in their current session and about the Millennial Engagement Initiative spearheaded by Senator Eric Lesser.

After the convention, YDMA members gathered for an after party hosted by Senator Rosenberg at Doyle’s Cafe.