By Gintautas Dumcius
A former Nantucket selectman is hoping to snag a
seat on the Boston City Council next year. Doug
Bennett, a case specialist in Suffolk County's
criminal trial court, announced this week he will
be running for one of the four at-large seats on
the 13-member council.
Stating that he wanted to bring "fresh blood"
onto the council, Bennett said of the current
members, "They want to stay in forever. They don't
believe in term limits."
Bennett said he would push for the creation of a
court specifically geared towards domestic
violence, cleaner streets, and a focus on "green
"Boston should be the Silicon Valley of the
Northeast," Bennett said. A graduate of
Pennsylvania State University, Bennett moved to
Nantucket, where he worked as a carpenter and was
eventually elected to one term on the board of
selectman and served as a county commissioner. He
also unsuccessfully ran for the state Senate in
2006. He moved back to Boston, where he lives with
his wife, in April 2007.
Bennett says he has deep roots in Boston thanks
to his grandfather and uncle, and he moved to
Boston in 2002, when he worked at the Union Oyster
House as a bartender. Longtime local Republican
operative John Sears has signed on as the
32-year-old's campaign chairman. A recent filing
with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance
shows Bennett has $1,050 in his campaign
Bennett is the second individual in recent weeks
to jump into the race for at-large seats.
Haitian-American community activist Jean
Claude Sanon has also announced intentions to
run for one of the seats currently filled by
councillors Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Sam Yoon
and Michael Flaherty.
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