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Election

October 31, 2012

Campaigning with Dan Bennett

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Even if he’d run a long campaign, Bennett said, he’d still be out there now, putting up signs in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

“In the end (of a campaign), you are always putting up signs,” Bennett said. “People don’t like them early. People all of a sudden decide — the ‘undecideds’ decide — who they want to vote for, and they want people to know, and they want their friends and neighbors to know.”

Bennett hopes to help them decide through his literature drops, including the letter he dropped at homes last week. In the letter, he tells voters he wants to eliminate the waste of warehousing people in motels, as the state has been doing by using several Danvers motels as emergency shelters for the homeless. He cites his experience in real estate and his tenure on the Affordable Housing Committee as giving him an understanding of the problems associated with housing the homeless.

His letter touts his experience, from his six years as a Danvers selectman, including serving as chairman last year, to his stints as a Town Meeting member and service on the Zoning Board of Appeals, library trustees, School Committee and Essex Aggie board of trustees.

He also takes aim at Speliotis, saying the representative’s efforts in winning $100,000 in state funding this year to pay for transportation of homeless students is too little, too late. It’s cost the town $400,000 in the past four years, he said.

The question is, if Bennett does have support and supporters, why does he prefer to walk the neighborhoods doing these literature drops alone?

“The nice thing when you are out walking the neighborhoods — people see you, and they know you are working, and that’s the most important thing about it,” Bennett said.

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