About the Ward 4 Dems

The Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee is the hub for Democratic activism and engagement in Boston's Ward 4, which spans parts of the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End.

With a core message of advancing the progressive policy initiatives of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, our committee plays a vital role in promoting economic and social justice, leadership accountability, and broad community involvement.

We offer opportunities for local Democrats to hear from electeds and candidates, learn about and advocate for progressive policy, and work to elect strong Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. We believe that civic engagement should be informative, welcoming, and, of course, fun.

Join us to see grassroots democracy in action. Our meetings on the third Tuesdays of the month are open to all.

Our Members

Members are invited to join these subcommittees:

* Ward 4 Scholarship Program Subcommittee

* Ward 4 History Subcommittee

As well, the Ward 4 Executive Board includes the elected Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Outreach Officer.

Ward 4 Members

Amelia Aubourg

Shaina Aubourg

Gary Bailey

Mary Ann Brogan

Harold Brogan

Robyn Casper

Andrew Carter, Secretary

Jonathan Cohn, Chair

Beata Coloyan

Nina Garfinkle

Lisa Graf

Renee Harmon

Ryan Hatcher, Treasurer

Haroon Khan

David King

Carol Lasky, Vice Chair

Ed LeMay

Sandra Lipson

Tim Mahoney

Suzie McGlone

Margaret McKenna

Andrea Olmstead

Sheneal Parker

Anne Renehan

Ruth Rothstein

Jacqueline Royce

Benjamin Siegel

Jane Siegel

Janet Slovin

Don Steinberg

Kimberly Vermeer

Jacob Wessel

Chayla White, Outreach Director

Grant Young

Twenty-Year Members

Jovita Fontanez
Daniel Ocasio
Bryon Rushing

Associate Members

Lynn Foster
Marie Huhta
Kamala Jones
Marleen Nienhuis
Karen Pressman

Our Programs

The Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee holds monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of the month. Our agendas feature electeds, candidates, and policy advocates. We provide an opportunity for residents of the community to learn more about upcoming elections, engage with their elected representatives, and deepen their knowledge of local, state, and national issues and how to take action on them.

We regularly host candidate forums to increase voter education around major elections. View some of our recent candidate forums.

Check out our speaker archive.

Ward 4 at Work

Annual Ice Cream Social

In partnership with Mayor Michelle Wu, we host the annual Ice Cream Social at Titus Sparrow Park every summer. Ryan Hatcher presented the 2021 Ward 4 Scholarship Awards. Neighbor Elizabeth Bertolozzi created a memorable butterfly launch.

Holiday Party

One of the highlights of our year is our Holiday Party and Bring Your Own Dessert Competition. Aaron Dy took home the honors in 2021 for his amazing ube cake.

Jonathan Cohn

Jonathan Cohn single-handedly knocked on more than 10,000 doors in the recent Boston Mayoral election.

Candidates Forum

We cohost Candidate Forums in partnership with the Ward 5 Dems and other community organizations.

Candidate Endorsement

When we endorse a candidate, we knock on doors, organize phone banks, and rally. Harry Shipps dressed the Northeastern University polling location on 2021 election eve.

Voter Registration

Voter registration is a core priority in our student-rich neighborhoods. Andrea Olmsted organizes our outreach teams.

David King

Recognizing his lifelong commitment to social justice and LGBTQ+ rights, the Boston City Council marked David King's 94th birthday with an honorary resolution.

Monthly Meeting

Our monthly meeting provide opportunities for candidates to introduce their platforms and field questions from members.