Shape Tomorrow, Vote Today!

Did you know there are approximately 58,000 registered voters in Lowell?  In the 2012 presidential election, approximately 33,000 of them voted.  In the past two city elections, far fewer participated – 11,500 in 2013 and just 10,000 in 2011.

We believe that if more people were to vote in local elections, the city of Lowell and all here would benefit.  To help make that happen, join with other Lowellians in a nonpartisan, grass roots effort to increase participation in the next city election, especially in neighborhoods with historically low turnout and among groups that have faced barriers to voting.

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2017 Candidates on the Web

To add or correct information on this page, email info@lowelllvotes.org.

CITY COUNCIL

Cory Belanger
cbelangerforcitycouncil@comcast.net
coreybelangerforcouncil.wordpress.com
Social media: Facebook

Joseph P. Boyle
Social media: Facebook

Sokhary Chau
sokhary.chau@gmail.com
Social media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Karen Cirillo
karenforlowell@gmail.com
Social media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

David Conway
djclhs@hotmail.com
Social media; Facebook

Rodney Elliott
rodneyelliott@comcast.net
Social media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Daniel Finn
Social media:  Facebook,

Robert Gignac
Social media:  Facebook, Twitter

Marty Hogan
mhog5165@comcast.net
www.votemartyhogan.com
Social media: Facebook,

Edward Kennedy
edward.kennedy@comcast.net
Social media: Facebook

John Leahy
jleahycc@comcast.net
councilorjohnleahy.com
Social media:  Facebook, Twitter

James Leary
Social media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Matthew LeLacheur
Info@LeLacheurforlowell.com
www.lelacheurforlowell.com
Social media: Facebook,

Rita Mercier
rmercier10347@comcast.net

Robert Merrill
Robertmerrill19842006@gmail.com
Social media:  Facebook

James Milinazzo
james.milinazzo@jdcu.com
Social media: Facebook,

Jose Willie Negron
famna5@hotmail.com
Social media: Facebook

Vesna Nuon
vesnaforlowell@gmail.com
vesnaforlowell.com
Social media: Facebook, Twitter

Daniel Rourke
rourkeforlowell@gmail.com
Social media: Facebook, Twitter

William Samaras
samarasforlowell@gmail.com
samarasforlowell.com
Social media: Facebook

Pan So
No information available

Jeffrey Wilson
No information available

Paul Ratha Yem
paulrathayem@gmail.com
Social media:  Facebook, TwitterInstagram

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Timothy Blake
Social media: Facebook

Noelle Creegan
Social media: Facebook

Andre Descoteaux
andy@avoiceforthekids.com
Social media: Facebook

Jacqueline Doherty
jacdoherty@comcast.net
Social media: Facebook

Dominik Lay
dhlay99@gmail.com

Robert Hoey
rhoey54@yahoo.com

Connie Martin
cam4school@yahoo.com
Social media:  Facebook

Dennis Mercier
dmerce1@msn.com
Social media: Facebook

Gerard Nutter
No information available

Daniel Shanahan
No information available

2017 Kickoff

People watch presentation at meetingWe had a great first meeting of 2017 last week! Thanks to all who came, but don’t worry if you missed it, there’s lots of ways to do your bit going forward. Read over the list of committees below and their planned action items see if there’s one you might want to join! Email info@lowellvotes.org to get connected.

Click here for full notes.

Neighborhood and Multicultural, Meeting in February

  • Recruit and advocate for translators at polling locations
  • Engage with faith-based communities with information and encouragement
  • Organize multi-ethnic meet ups for civic engagement in each neighborhood

Events, Next Meeting Tuesday, Jan 31

  • Go to existing events to distribute voting information and register voters
  • Identify events that will make biggest impact and recruit volunteers
  • Plan a special summer/fall rally event

Canvassing and Voter Contact, House Party Meeting TBD

  • Contact voters door-to-door to collect input into the questions for a candidate survey
  • Later distribute voter guides door-to-door
  • Consider a “non-binding” ballot initiative to drive civic engagement by underserved communities

Youth Outreach, TBD

  • Organize and advocate for Civics Day at Lowell High School with meetings with councils, city officials, and shadowing in various departments
  • Create a Youth Commission to advise City on Policies and provide input
  • Lowell Votes Youth Survey to solicit input on how youth want to be involved

Media and Education, TBD

  • Create a separate Twitter to re-tweet all local political topics
  • Create section of website for candidates materials like press releases
  • Create a multilingual candidate guide with informative website

Breakout Group at Lowell Votes

Check Out our 2016 Resources!

We have all sorts of resources available to help make it easier to vote!

2016-lowellvoting-guide_page_1Our 2016 voter guide is available (774 kb, PDF) here. It has a FAQ and questions and answers for all competitive races!

Links to other forums, stories, and information are available here.

Finally, we co-sponsored a forum featuring Niki Tsongas (D-incumbent) and Ann Wofford (R), candidates for US Representative, 3rd MA district. The candidates answered questions from both adults and Lowell High students. Co-sponsors were League of Women Voters Concord Carlisle, Lowell High School, WCAP, and Lowell Educational Television, and Nancy Carapezza of LWV Wayland moderated. There were 400 people in attendance, as well as top Lowell school administrators. Watch it here:

3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum from Channel 22 on Vimeo.

 

Rally for Civic Engagement!

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The “Rally for Civic Engagement” is Lowell Votes’ premiere annual event in which we invite all candidates running for office that will appear on a ballot in Lowell to give a short speech and then talk one-on-one with rally attendees. The 2016 Rally will be held on Friday, September 2, 6:30 pm on JFK Plaza in front of Lowell City Hall.

The event will feature nonprofit and advocacy group tables, music, and decorations in a festival-like setting. The new food truck “Let’s Roll” will be there. As a fun incentive, candidates will be given sashes and can earn badges by talking to the tabling groups and learning about the issues they care about.

Please join the event on Facebook and share the word!