, Salem, MA


November 3, 2012

Bennett credits his grandfathers for his work ethic


“I didn’t come with that attitude. I came with the attitude we can do this,” Bennett said.

Bennett was also elected to the board of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers.

However, Bennett was still aiming for a selectmen’s seat, even though he had lost two prior attempts to get elected in 2002 and 2003. He finally won a seat in 2007, topping the ticket.

Bennett said his grandmother gave him a saying that keeps him going, and which keeps him reaching for the goal of becoming the district’s next state representative.

“My grandmother said: ‘Hitch your wagon to the highest star. You may not get there, but you will get pretty far.’”


Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

Danvers Selectman Dan Bennett Age: 61 Wife: Janet, married 43 years. Education: Danvers High Class of 1967; two years at Boston University, professional training as a licensed real estate broker. Occupation: Owner/broker Dan Bennett Real Estate, former buyer for Rich's and Almy's department stores. Other positions: Danvers School Committee, library trustee, vice chairman of the Affordable Housing Committee, vice chairman of Essex Aggie, Open Space and Recreation Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals and Town Meeting. Children: Three grown children, Laura Bennett-Riley, Adeline Matton and Jim Bennett; four grandchildren: Alex, Sarah, James Jr. and Ava.

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