MARA Members Win 17 Seats on Massachusetts GOP State Commitee
The Boston Phoenix featured the changes in a story by David S. Bernstein, “The Massachusetts Republican Party is Undergoing Massive Disruption--Or Finding the Right Balance, Depending on Your View.” Bernstein traced the struggle of grassroots conservatives to reclaim their party and make party structures work for them on a local level and not just favor the “few elite, moderate, statewide candidates.”
The Phoenix noted that while Mitt Romney may have won the Massachusetts' national primary, “on the same ballot, Republicans also elected their state committee members: 80 in all, one man and one woman from each State Senate district. Thanks to retirements, redistricting, and some surprising upsets, more than 30 MassGOP state committee members were replaced — nearly half.”
The Massachusetts Republican Assembly was singled out as “one of the most active” among the grassroots groups: “MARA endorsed 36 candidates for state committee, 17 of whom won — including 14 new members. And four MARA board members are now on the MassGOP state committee.”
Among the MARA members elected to the committee were Marie Bergeron (district vice president), Mark Bergeron, Deborah Martell, Thomas McCarthy, Mike Potaski (Northeast Regional vice president), Sandra Martinez, Horace Mello (national committeeman), Kim Incampo, Steven Aylward (MARA state vice president), Joyce Kelly, Joe Ureneck, Timothy Sullivan (district vice president), and William Gillmeister. MARA state president David Kopacz, district president Linda Rapoza, and district president Sheila Mullen candidated for seats as well.
The new faces in the Massachusetts GOP are “not as old, or as rich, as has been the norm”--Bernstein observes that Horace Mello is a 23-year-old student at Bridgewater State-- and the NFRA is delighted that Mello, with MARA, are tweaking stereotypes.
We are so proud of MARA’s hard work for freedom and conservative principles. The work is indeed far from over, but we rejoice in MARA’s successfully making such a difference in Massachusetts!
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