BOSTON- Boston City Councilor At-Large Candidate Doug Bennett submitted 4013 signatures to the Boston Elections Department this morning. Bennett began collecting signatures only six days ago on Tuesday April 28th. He needs 1500 legitimate signatures to make the September 22nd Preliminary ballot. Bennett expects to be the first Councilor At-Large Candidate to make the ballot out of the 20 candidates who have pulled nomination papers. Only Mayor Menino and Mayoral Candidate Michael Flaherty have submitted more signatures than Bennett, and both of them are running for Mayor. The deadline to turn in signatures is Tuesday May 19th.
Bennett, 32, states, “My organization is very strong and our support is City-Wide. The people of Boston yearn for fresh blood in City Hall and are tired of the cloud of corruption that sits above City Hall. While collecting signatures, Bostonians have said that the City is not doing enough about the recent spike in crime and violence, that our economy has plummeted, and how the city has been apathetic in how Bostonians are losing their jobs. Bostonians say they are tired of all the bribery corruption scandals and ‘pay for play’ politics involving City Hall and local government. Also many Bostonians are concerned they will lose their homes by the fact that thousands of Boston homes have already been foreclosed since last year. As our next City Councilor At-Large, I, Doug Bennett will fight to provide solutions to these issues.”
In addition to collecting over 4000 signatures so far, Bennett already has knocked on 50,000 Boston houses since he began his grassroots campaign May 12th, 2008. Bennett is half-way to his goal to knock on 100,000 Boston Households by the election.
According to Bennett’s Campaign Chairman, former Suffolk County Sheriff, Boston City Councilor, and State Legislator John Sears, “Doug represents all sorts of Bostonians- Doug Bennett is a ‘man of the people’ and he understands that the ‘people are his boss.’ Doug is a hard, hard worker, determined-and as you can see, canvassing Boston door to door.”
Doug Bennett is currently a Case Specialist and Bail Administrator for the Suffolk County Criminal Trial Court Division. For more information on Doug Bennett’s quest to become Boston’s next City Councilor At-Large, you can go to his website at www.BennettforBoston.com