NEWBURYPORT — A group of local women has formed a Greater Newburyport committee for the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, aiming to further the organization's goal of increasing female civic engagement and getting more women elected to public office.
The Greater Newburyport committee is the third regional group to be established within the MWPC, which has also organized at the local level in the Berkshires and Worcester County.
The committee started to take form days after the 2016 presidential election when a group of Newburyport women got together to discuss political issues, including the generally low number of women elected to office at the municipal and state levels in Massachusetts.
The committee, led by Dawne Shand as chair, also includes Wendy Hall, Elizabeth Kilcoyne, Karina Moltz, Judy Tymon, Juliet Walker, Donna Quinlan and Alida Frey.
Recently, the Greater Newburyport committee led an effort to endorse four Essex County candidates for state representative: Jennifer Rocco-Runnion (1st Essex), Christina Eckert (2nd Essex), Allison Gustavson (4th Essex), and Tram T. Nguyen (18th Essex).