By Andrew Slade, CDM Vice President
Last weekend, over 125 College Dems from across Massachusetts converged on the campus of Boston College for the annual CDM Convention. The program began on Saturday with speeches from Congressman Barney Frank, State Treasurer and former DNC Chair Steve Grossman, CDM’s Honorary Chair Senator Ben Downing, and 2012 Senate candidates. The energized mass of students split up later that afternoon for a series of breakouts led by experts in the fields of strategic communication, social advocacy, chapter development, employment in politics, and social media. Delegates participating in each session left with invaluable skills that are directly applicable to the daily operation and overall efficacy of their chapters across the Commonwealth.
The next morning, attendees got up bright and early for a panel discussion on how young people can get involved in electoral politics. Following the in-depth discourse between delegates and the young elected officials on the panel, the necessity for our engagement as candidates was underscored by Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. Chairman Walsh lauded CDM’s campaign efforts last fall, which contributed to the reelection of Governor Deval Patrick, as well the election of Democrats to every single statewide office and Congressional seat. With that, he reminded us that there is even more we can do; we can, and will work harder than ever to ensure that Democrats take back Ted Kennedy’s seat in the Senate, and to give President Obama the four more years he deserves!
Members of the outgoing 2010-2011 CDM Executive Board at Boston College last weekend