Koutoujian says he will emphasize grassroots campaigning at Congressional kickoff on Saturday

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, one of five Democratic candidates running to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives, is set to kick off his campaign in his hometown of Waltham on Saturday with an emphasis on voter contact.

In a telephone interview this afternoon, he said the message of the event would be that he is “running a grassroots campaign.’’

“We’re going to be going door-to-door and livingroom-to-livingroom,’’ said Koutoujian, who declared he was running for the Fifth Congressional District in a web video on July 1.

“I wish that I could just get out there and knock the district. I really love doorknocking,’’ he added.


The campaign rally was originally scheduled for last Saturday, but was postponed after one of Koutoujian’s deputy sheriffs was shot at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary last week.

Three of Koutoujian’s opponents — state Senators Karen Spilka and Katherine Clark, and state Representative Carl M. Sciortino — have already had kickoff events.

Stephen Oakes, a spokesman for the other Democratic hopeful, state Senator Will Brownsberger of Belmont, said the campaign was planning larger events in September.

The Congressional seat became vacant after Markey was elected to the US Senate. The Democratic and Republican primaries are set for Oct. 15, with the special election on Dec. 10.

At least two Republicans — Mike Stopa and Frank J. Addivinola, Jr. — are also running for the seat. But the the Democratic nominee will be the heavy favorite in a staunchly Democratic district.

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