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Election

October 31, 2012

Campaigning with Dan Bennett

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Being self-employed, Bennett said his work schedule is flexible. Open house showings are done on Sundays. He has a schedule mapped out when he is holding signs and when he plans to walk the neighborhoods. The Danvers Board of Selectmen does not meet again until after the election, though Bennett had plans to observe a selectmen’s meeting in Middleton.

Two years ago, Bennett said, he surprised a lot of people by losing to Speliotis by only about 400 votes.

“I gained a lot of name recognition, especially in West Peabody,” Bennett said, “and that is paying benefits now because people know me.”

As Bennett drops literature on Hood Road, he notes that there are benefits to pounding the pavement, even when no one is at home.

“The exercise is good,” he said. “I get to meet people when the weather is nice and get to talk to them.”

An extra challenge this year is that it’s also a presidential election, which can overshadow the state rep race.

“They all want to know who I’m going to vote for for president,” Bennett said. “It’s amazing.”

Later, he heads to Anthony Lane, Arrowhead Road, Tomahawk Lane and Germano Drive to drop his campaign literature. The houses have large lots, and the neighborhood is spread out, making it more time-consuming to reach each house. To save time, he places his literature on the red flags attached to the mailboxes.

He meets only a couple of people in his walk around this large neighborhood. It’s all worth it, however, if it places him nearer his goal of a Statehouse seat.

“I like working with people. I like solving their problems. I like seeing a first-time homebuyer family move into a house,” Bennett said, explaining that his job as a real estate broker dovetails with his desire to be in politics.

“It’s the same thing, helping constituents with their problems and issues, and helping them resolve them.”

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

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