State Representative Dave Rogers

Local Elections in Belmont and Arlington

Tuesday April 1st (tomorrow) is Election Day in Belmont. Saturday April 5th is Election Day in Arlington! Our local elected officials make many important decisions that directly affect our daily lives. Yet, sometimes voter turnout does not reflect the importance of these elections. Think ahead, make a plan to do it, and GET OUT TO VOTE!
Each town will hold elections for multiple public offices. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Belmont and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Arlington. If you are not sure where your polling location is, you can find out here.  If you live in Belmont and need a ride to the polls, you can contact the Belmont League of Women Voters at or at 617-771-8500. If you live in Arlington and need a ride to the polls, you can contact Phyllis Maddox of the Arlington League of Women Voters at or at 781-354-0907. Emails should include your name, address, precinct (if you know it!), phone number, and what time you would like a ride.

Governor Patrick Coming to Belmont

I am truly honored and excited to announce that Governor Deval Patrick is coming to Belmont to host an event for me. The event is a campaign kickoff and will be held Monday April 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Patou, the Thai restaurant in Belmont Center (69 Leonard Street). It is not every day that the Governor is in Belmont, so mark your calendar and bring a friend!


Gun Safety Editorial

This past month I published an editorial with my thoughts on gun safety in each of the local papers. You can read my op ed in the Belmont Citizen Herald, the Arlington Advocate, the Cambridge Chronicle, or on my website.

House Passes Anti-Shackling Bill

On March 26th, the House voted to ban the shackling of female inmates during pregnancy or childbirth, except in cases of flight risk or safety concern. The legislation passed the Senate the previous week and is ready to be signed into law by Governor Patrick, who had already used his executive powers to temporarily ban the practice pending legislation. The practice, which was still common in Massachusetts, is inhumane and unnecessary for public safety. The passage of the law was overdue and will correct an injustice in our prison system. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the legislation.

Internship Opportunities

I am pleased to announce the availability of unpaid summer internships in my office at the State House. Internships are available to high school students who have completed their sophomore year, college students and graduates from the 24th Middlesex District. Interns will spend between 10 and 20 hours in office each week, and may also have the opportunity to do research out of the office.  College graduates with additional time will have an opportunity to set up longer term internships without these restrictions. 

The deadline for applications will be Friday, April 18th at 5:00 pm, with interviews over the next two weeks. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, May 2nd. Please send both a cover letter and resume to my aide Michael Allen at to apply. If you have additional questions, you can ask them there or can call my office at 617-722-2400.
Internships at the Statehouse offer many opportunities, including policy research, constituent services, networking, and daily seminars presented by the State House specifically for interns.

Community Events

United States Army Field Band Coming to Arlington

The United States Army Field Band is coming to Arlington Town Hall! Comprised of four groups, Arlington will play host to The Volunteers, soldier-musicians who tailor their performances to their audience. The Volunteers play at Arlington Town Hall on Tuesday April 1st at 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are limited and must be picked up at the Board of Selectmen’s office, Arlington Town Hall by Monday March 31st. The Selectmen’s office hours are Monday – Wednesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – noon.

Sustainable Belmont Monthly Meeting

Join Sustainable Belmont for its monthly meeting to hear what your environmentalist neighbors are thinking about and working on. The meeting will be held on Wednesday April 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont.

Cambridge Democratic Election Commissioner Public Hearing

Three candidates have submitted their names for consideration to appointment as a Cambridge Democratic Election Commissioner. You can read their responses to the CDCC questionnaire at the CDCC website. The CDCC will hold a hearing to learn more about each candidate on Wednesday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. (Location TBA) with an election to follow.

Arlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting

The Arlington Democratic Town Committee will hold its next meeting on April 7th starting at 7:15 p.m. at the Community Room of the Robbins Library (700 Mass Ave).

Cambridge Meeting on Anti-Poverty Strategies

The Cambridge City Council will host a meeting open to the public to discuss anti-poverty strategies and efforts. The meeting will take place at Sullivan Chamber in Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue on April 8th at 4:00 p.m.

Joey's Park Presentation

Come hear the success story of the effort to rebuild Joey’s Park. Raising over $450,000 and marshalling over 2000 volunteers, Diane Miller and Ellen Schreiber orchestrated one of the most impressive community efforts in town history.  They will be reflecting on their efforts on April 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wellington Elementary School community room.

April Office Hours

I will hold office hours at the following times and places in the month of April. I encourage you all to stop by and speak with me about any concerns or to offer any input you might have.

Tuesday, April 8th at the Beech Street Center in Belmont from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA  02478).

Saturday, April 12th at Singa Bella Cafe in Cambridge from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (2401 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA  02140). 

Saturday, April 12th at the Sweet Peach Diner from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (628 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA  02478)

Tuesday, April 15th at Kickstand Café in Arlington Center from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Belmont Town Democratic Committee Meeting

The Belmont Town Democratic Committee will be having its next meeting at Belmont Town Hall on April 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival will be held from April 18th through April 27th! The Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a celebration showcasing fun and the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math in our region. A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun.

Patriots Day Parade in Arlington

Show your Menotomy spirit and cheer along Massachusetts Avenue at this year’s Patriots Day Parade! The parade begins on April 21st at 2:00 p.m. at Brattle Street and ends at Walgreens in East Arlington. It features a full showing from the Shriners, clowns, bands, and other local favorites. (Quiet zone between Mill Street and Pleasant Street, where there will be no sirens or gun shooting). Visit the parade’s website and join the parade group on Facebook!

Minuteman Bike Path Cleanup

Enjoy the Minuteman Bike Path in Arlington? The annual spring bikeway cleanup will be on Saturdayy April 27th starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m. Starting locations will be posted soon, so keep an eye out for them an come join the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee and help to keep a precious community resource in top shape.

Contact Me

I welcome your input and hope to hear from you on issues of mutual concern. Email: State House office phone: 617-722-2400. Personal cell phone: 617-817-9395. Website:
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