Brownsberger, candidate for Markey Congressional seat, set to kick off campaign with bike ride

ARLINGTON — State Senator Will Brownsberger, one of seven Democrats vying to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives, said today he will kick off his campaign over Labor Day weekend with a one-day, 110-mile bicycle ride across the 5th Congressional District.

The mostly suburban district covers all or part of 24 municipalities from Winthrop to Arlington and Framingham to Holliston. Brownsberger plans to spend more than 12 hours on Saturday visiting every one of them on his bike.

The state senator, who usually bikes from his Belmont home to work at the State House, will announce the tour in a web video taped this morning and set to be released in the coming days.

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Standing in a parking lot next to the Minuteman Bikeway in Arlington Center, Brownsberger spoke about the event and about his campaign into a video camera as bikers, joggers and stroller-pushing walkers passed by.

The candidate, who posts his cellphone number and personal email on his campaign website, framed his kickoff event as symbol of his accessibility.

“I truly believe that to represent people, you need to stay in touch with them,” he said, adding he hopes people will join him for all or part of his districtwide ride.

Brownsberger also spoke about his conviction that people of varying political beliefs can work together.

“People ask me why I want to go to Congress,” Brownsberger said, as a woman on rollerblades whizzed past. “The answer is simple: I want to help the country face its greatest challenges: climate, the economy, poverty.”

“But, more than that, people question why I would want to go to a place where the divisions are so bitter,” he said. “I truly believe we as Americans ultimately can work together.”

Brownsberger, who already has been campaigning around the district for weeks, is the last of the five elected officials sprinting toward the Oct. 15 special primary election to have a kickoff event. State Senators Karen Spilka and Katherine Clark, state Representative Carl M. Sciortino and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian have all kicked off their campaigns in the weeks since Markey won a special US Senate election on June 25.

The two other Democratic candidates who collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot are Arlington resident Martin Long and Paul John Maisano of Stoneham.

Three Republicans are running for their party’s nomination for the seat. Because the 5th Congressional District is heavily Democratic however, the Democratic nominee will be favored to win the Dec. 10 special election.

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