The Middlesex and Worcester Democratic Coalition held their 6th Annual Democratic Breakfast Sunday, April 1, at the Hudson Portuguese Club. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, and U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, Treasurer Steve Grossman, Auditor Suzanne Bump, Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, candidate for Senate, Marisa Defranco and Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh, spoke to more than 200 guests. “What kind of country do you want to live in?” asked Walsh.
Bob Eisengrein and Bette Barbadoro have spent a lifetime working to protect the environment and improving services in their community. State Sen. Jamie Eldridge and state Rep. Jen Benson presented them with a “Democracy in Action Award” in recognition of their work.
Barbadoro was vice chairman of the Acton Democratic Town Committee and served as Registrar of Voters for more than 12 years. She helped organize the beginning of the McCarthy School pilot program. Bette has also worked to get an elementary charter school for Devens. She organized a community helpline to assist neighbors in crisis. She was an original supporter of Chet Atkins when he first ran for state representative and has been active in Democratic Party door-to-door Get Out the Vote efforts for 40 years.
Eisengrein is a lifetime Democrat and served six years as a state representative in New Hampshire. After moving to Acton, he served as Democratic Town Committee chairman and worked with Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety on a cleanup of the WR Grace Superfund site. He received a state award for this work as Citizen of the Year in environmental affairs. Now living in Devens, he served on the Devens Committee which is equivalent to a Board of Selectmen and has organized a community email service to inform residents of Devens activities. He has been active in Democratic Party door-to-door Get Out the Vote efforts for 40 years.