Marching Forward to host 'adopt a candidate' night

Feb 21, 2018

A Dartmouth-based political group is aiming to get more involved in New England elections with an upcoming event at the Southworth Library.

Marching Forward Massachusetts was born in Dartmouth in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. It originally began as a group of concerned neighbors, but has now grown to several hundred members throughout South Coast, explained member Pattie Garrahy.

The group has hosted several events in the area on issues including immigration, journalism, and the environment. Now, the group is expanding its mission and reach across state lines with an an "Adopt a Candidate" event at the Southworth Library, 732 Dartmouth Street, on February 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The event will serve as a “huddle” with members of the group and the public to weigh in on choices for elections in New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania to lend support to. The goal is to support Democrats in “swing” elections in those states.

The goal, Garrahy explained, is to identify three to four candidates to lend support to, either through monetary campaign donations, canvassing and calling, and possible travel.

“We’ll pitch them to the group and narrow it down with voting,” Garrahy said, noting voting will be on the group’s website.

For more information about the event or Marching Forward Massachusetts, visit

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