Candidate fined for stickers

December 19, 2008
By

JOHN RUCH

Doug Bennett, a candidate for an at-large Boston City Council seat, has been fined $300 by the city for putting campaign bumper stickers on public property in Dorchester.

The green-and-white stickers bearing his name are also on public and private property in Jamaica Plain—including on the door of a portable toilet at the St. Andrew’s Church site.

That happens to be right across the street from where fellow City Council candidate Felix G. Arroyo lives.

Bennett could not immediately be reached for comment for this article. He has been engaged for months in a citywide door-knocking campaign, reportedly leading resid
ents to suspect Bennett is posting the stickers himself.
Bennett in October received a single ticket for “illegal posting,” according to Lisa Timberlake, spokesperson for the city’s Inspectional Services Department.

According to the Dorchester Reporter, the head of a neighborhood association complained after Bennett’s stickers began appearing on streetlights and other city utilities.

The Gazette this week observed four of Bennett’s stickers along a stretch of Walk Hill Street in Forest Hills. Aside from the one on the toilet, there are two stickers on city devices at Walk Hill and Wachusett streets, and one sticker on a utility box at Walk Hill and Wenham streets.