WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Democratic Town Committee held its annual Scholarship Breakfast at Rocco’s yesterday morning. The event, which raised more than $1,000 for the Committee’s scholarship fund, was attended by 25 local party activists, plus several elected officials and members of the press.
State Representative Jim Miceli announced to the crowd that he intends to run for re-election in 2016. Miceli highlighted his recent successful opposition to Governor Charlie Baker’s proposed budget cuts to the Tewksbury State Hospital. He also discussed his staunch support for the death penalty, noting he’s writing a major op-ed and hopes that the issue will be revisited by the Legislature soon, especially in light of the outcome of the Boston Marathon Bomber’s sentencing. Miceli concluded by pointing to some of the buildings and projects he’s helped shepherd over his career, including the Town Forest in Wilmington and the Public Library in Tewksbury.
State Representative Ken Gordon discussed his committee assignments, including the joint Committee on Election Laws and the joint Committee on Transportation. In response to a question, Gordon said he is willing to support Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to take control of the MBTA, noting that while he doesn’t necessarily agree with Baker’s positions, “elections have consequences.” Gordon also agreed with a questioner who said that the Bedford VA Hospital, which is in Gordon’s district, needs to do a better job of helping veterans. Gordon noted, however, that problems associated with VA hospitals are a nation-wide issue. Gordon emphasized to the crowd that he holds office hours every couple of months in Wilmington, can be easily reached via his email (email@example.com) and is responsive to all residents, whether they live in Precinct 3 or not.
Congressman Seth Moulton discussed his first 100 days in office, including his assignments to the House Armed Services Committee, the House Budget Committee and the Small Business Committee, chairing its Subcommittee on Health and Technology. Moulton discussed some of his bi-partisan efforts, including partnering with a Republican colleague on an immigration measure. He recognized the members of the Wilmington High School’s Democrats Club in attendance. Moulton worked the room prior to speaking, getting face time with Board of Selectman Chair Mike Champoux and iPods for Wounded Veterans Founder Paul Cardello.
Look for the Scholarship Breakfast to begin airing on Wilmington Community Television within the next two weeks.
Below are some photos taken at the event.