UPDATE: The James campaign changed the signature hand-in date to Wednesday, May 25th at 12:30pm. They will still meet by the front steps of the State House. Hope you can make it!
All of the signatures required for Aaron James’ run have been verified, and we hope to see people turn out at the State House this Tuesday, May 17th, for a photo opportunity and a neat lunchtime hang out with the candidate before he hands in his papers. We will meet at 12:30pm by the front steps of the State House.
Last weekend on Sunday May 8th, Aaron’s Campaign Kick Off Party took place from 3-5pm in the Somerville Armory Cafe. Supporters and interested Somervillians got to meet not only Aaron, but also got to hear speeches from supporters such as the Captain of the Massachusetts Pirate Party, James O’Keefe. Quartermaster Steve Revilak also spoke at length about his hopes regarding the campaign, particularly at the potential to raise the issue surrounding addiction and punishment. Committee Members of the Campaign, Yvette Finch and Richard Karl Schultz expounded at length about Aaron’s dedication to electoral reform, interest in supporting addicts from a mental health standpoint and tireless devotion to motivating volunteers and neighbors.
People mixed and mingled, sharing information and chatting about the next upcoming goals and deadlines for the ongoing campaign. Light refreshments as well as hardier food from the cafe were eaten. Different volunteers worked the room alongside or ahead of Aaron as he greeted different supporters and potential supporters. In a speech that was well-researched and well-received, Aaron outlined his plan as well as the motivations behind his campaign. It was a pleasant afternoon.
Other than a radio appearance this coming Saturday and the hand-in on May 17th, we’d like to hold more events such as fundraisers as well as the opportunity for our team to come and hang out with you, the people. Please contact us with any ideas you may have. Next month, a team of people from the campaign will also be marching in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11th in support of the campaign. We are interested in holding a series of panels at SCATV about at least one of Aaron’s main issues: electoral reform, reform of drug policy and increasing civic engagement. We would love to have more volunteers for any of these events.