Congressman Richard E. Neal Collects More Than Triple the Minimum Signature Requirement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 14, 2012
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CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL COLLECTS MORE THAN TRIPLE THE MINIMUM SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT

(SPRINGFIELD) Behind a groundswell of volunteers and grassroots activism, Congressman Richard E. Neal collected 7340 signatures to appear on the ballot. Though the minimum requirement to appear on the ballot is 2000, Neal’s overwhelming total represents his broad based support throughout the five counties and 87 cities and towns that encompass the new First Congressional District. Of the 7340 collected, 5906 of the signatures were certified by the Secretary of State’s office for an impressive success rate of 80%.

“Since my first campaign for the Springfield City Council I have known you cannot win an election at any level without a fundamental grassroots effort,” Neal said. “Any successful campaign requires a large volunteer base, especially when the district is as large as this one.”

Following the redistricting process Massachusetts went from 10 Congressional Districts to nine, meaning Neal’s Congressional District merged with that of retiring Congressman John Olver’s. In addition to receiving Olver’s endorsement, Neal is introducing himself to the new district by traversing western Massachusetts and touring local businesses, meeting with civic and government leaders, and speaking to voters about issues such as Social Security, Medicare, and job creation.

“Over the course of the past few months, as I traveled across the First Congressional District, I met countless voters who expressed their support for me because of my core Democratic values. As a result, our organization continues to grow and we have a visible presence in each of the five counties, evidenced by the regional equity of our signature total.

Of the grand total, Neal’s campaign certified nearly 66% of signatures from Hampden County, 17% from Berkshire County, 2% from Franklin County, 9% from Hampshire County, and 6% from Worcester County. The voting population of the First Congressional District includes approximately 63% from Hampden County, 18% from Berkshire County, 2% from Franklin County, and 8% from Hampshire and Worcester counties respectively.

“I campaign the same way I have always governed; every region has an equal voice,” said Neal. “Whether you live in the smallest town or the largest city our grassroots operation is the same. We are spreading our positive Democratic message about my voting record by talking to our friends and family, knocking on the doors of our neighbors, and speaking to our community members at the ball fields and in the coffee shops.”  

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