Andy Sanborn Takes to the Streets ... on a Scooter
Former state senator aims to meet 5,000 voters through door-to-door motorized scooter campaign.
Scott Brown had his pickup truck, Andy Sanborn has his scooter.
While Brown gained notoriety for traveling the campaign trail in his 2005 GMC Canyon pickup during his successful U.S. Senate bid over Martha Coakley in the 2010 Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy's long-time seat, Sanborn is taking a similarly unique approach.
He's taken to the streets, going door-to-door on a motorized scooter to introduce himself to more than 5,000 potential voters prior to the Sept. 11 primary.
In fact, Sanborn said he's already reached 1,300 households on the campaign trail.
"From Bedford to Richmond, residents tell me that I am the first politician to ever stand at their door step and introduce myself," said Sanborn. "They have been incredibly appreciative of my effort and supportive of my candidacy because they know that I am out there every day, working for their vote. To me, it is so important to actually meet someone face to face and have a direct conversation. The scooters are efficient, economical, and a lot of fun, and they are enabling us to meet many more people than we would be able to traveling by foot or car."
Sanborn's campaign literature includes his personal cell phone number and email address so voters can reach him directly.
"One of the reasons I ran for office in the first place was because I thought our representatives in Concord had lost touch with their constituents," he added. "I want the citizens of the 9th District to know that, as their state senator, I will be accountable and accessible to them, and that if they need to reach me for any reason, they can."
The new Senate District 9 includes 14 towns: Bedford, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple, and Troy.
Bedford State Rep. Ken Hawkins and Michael F. Kenney are also running for the Republican nomination. New Boston attorney Lee Nyquist is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the District 9 seat. The party nominees will face off in the General Election Nov. 6.
Incumbent state Sen. Ray White, R-Bedford, decided not to run for re-election.