Compared to this time last year, Everett’s Democratic Party caucus Saturday was raucous with multiple candidates speaking and multiple would-be delegates contesting spots for this summer’s party convention in Worcester. When it was all said and done, delegates from each of the city’s wards were chosen (two women and two men with four alternates each) along with add-ons for youth delegates.
The stand-out speaker was US Rep. Mike Capuano who is seeking his eleventh term. Capuano spoke about how he is proud to be called a liberal if that means standing up for immigrants, workers, education and affordable housing. This year, he faces his toughest challenge since he was first elected with Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley forcing a primary fight. She did not attend Saturday’s caucus.
Also speaking were representatives for gubernatorial candidates Jay Gonzales and Setti Warren. Closer to home, state Sen. Sal DiDomenico who is unopposed this year spoke as did state Rep. Joe McGonagle. Preceding McGonagle was his challenger, Everett resident Gerly Adrien who said the city needs to have a representative for all of the city’s resident’s, not just some. She stressed her roots in the city and he status as a proud daughter of immigrants.
McGonagle took what seemed to be a curious swipe at Adrien when he said, “You can have as many degrees as you want or claim to be the smartest person in the room, but what really matter are relationships.” Adrien holds a bachelor’s degree from Bentley and is currently a MBA candidate at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. It’s unclear if attacking his opponent’s education will be a continuing strategy for McGonagle.
Several city wards had multiple people seeking a limited number of convention delegate slots. There also seemed to be a refreshing amount of people relatively new to the city or somewhat new to party activism who want to get involved.