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During its February 18 caucus, the Shirley Democratic Town Committee elected five delegates and an alternate to the June 3 Massachusetts Democratic Convention at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.

Delegates elected to represent the Shirley DTC are Sana Abidar, Dina Samfield, Chair Bob Huxley, and Secretary Kendra Kratkiewicz (ex-officio). Elma Achtam was elected minority delegate, and Betty Keddy, alternate.

Also in attendance was Elaine Tassinari, who spoke on behalf of Newton Mayor Setti Warren, who is exploring a run against Republican Governor Charlie Baker in 2018. Tassinari cited as Warren’s top priorities budget recovery, transportation, and K-12 education.

State Senator Jamie Eldridge, (Middlesex & Worcester District), also addressed the caucus to give an overview of what is happening in the state legislature, including possible methods for resisting President Trump’s immigration orders.

Eldridge said that he has filed a number of bills including the “Safe Communities Act,” which is gaining broad support among House Democrats on Beacon Hill. Cosponsored with Representative Juana Matias of Lawrence, an updated version of the bill would prohibit state collaboration with the federal government for the purposes of creating a Muslim registry. The bill also forbids local law enforcement from participating in immigration enforcement activities.

Prior to the vote for delegates, participants discussed their reactions to the disturbing actions taken by President Trump and the Republican Congress. Several cited their attendance at recent Indivisible, resistance, and Progressive Massachusetts chapter meetings as being very motivational. As new DTC member Abidar said as she was running for delegate, "If my rights are being attacked, I have to get involved and run."