David Bennett

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David Bennett
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Rhode Island House of Representatives District 20
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$14,185.95/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sRhode Island Junior College
Bachelor'sRhode Island College
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
David A. Bennett (b. April 8, 1955) is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Bennett earned his A.A. in Education and Social Work from Rhode Island Junior College and his B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College. His professional experience includes working as a psychiatric nurse for the past nine years, as as an orderly and a surgical assistant.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bennett served on the following committees:

Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2013
Health, Education and Welfare
Municipal Government

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bennett served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bennett won re-election in the 2012 election for Rhode Island House of Representatives District 20. Bennett was unopposed in the September 11 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bennett Incumbent 97.1% 3,884
     Other Write-in 2.9% 114
Total Votes 3,998

2010

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bennett defeated incumbent Alfred Gemma in the September 14 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Henri Koldyk and Moderate William Pierce, III in the November 2 general election.[2][3]

House District 20, Democratic Primary
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Bennett (D) 902
Alfred Gemma (D) 532
Rhode Island House District 20
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Bennett (D) 2660
Henri Koldyk (R) 1527
William Pierce, III (M) 427

2008

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2008

In 2008, John Revens announced he would not run again for the state Senate seat he had held for the past 40 years. Bennett vied for the open seat against Erin Lynch, whom Revans had backed. Bennett came within ten votes, but ultimately lost the primary to Lynch.

Bennett weighed challenging Lynch in her first election as incumbent but ultimately chose to take on Rep. Al Gemma in 2010.[4]

In 2008, Bennett appealed the amazing close primary between himself and Lynch. The recount actually shaved one vote his total and led to Lynch's victory being certifed by the State Board of Elections.[5]

Bennett went on to ask the high court to stay the Board's decision and grant him an expedited appeal. His lawyer, Angel Tavares, said he had evidence of improperly filled out ballots and of Republicans who has voted in the Democratic primary.

At the time, Bennett commented, “Any time there’s a vote this close, you just want to make sure that every vote is counted.” Erin Lynch seconded her opponent in his request for a recount, saying, "I would have done the exact same thing...I just met him for the first time today. He’s a nice guy. He wished me luck and I wished him luck. After two months of campaigning, we’ve continued to be civil. That’s a testament to his campaign.” However, she added on a note putting her at odds with Bennett's push for an injunction and hearing: “We both fought hard and worked hard,” she said. “Now I’ve got to get ready for the General Election.”

In between his unsuccessful 2008 candidacy and his 2010 bid, Bennett participated in SEIU run candidate training camps.[6]

Campaign amounts

Comprehensive donor information for David Bennett is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, David Bennett raised a total of $44,639 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 1, 2013.[7]

David Bennett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 20 Won $8,520
2010 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 20 Won $22,969
2008 Rhode Island State Senate, District 31 Defeated $13,150
Grand Total Raised $44,639

2012

David Bennett won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, David Bennett raised a total of $8,520.
Rhode Island House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Bennett's campaign in 2012
Service Employees International Union$1,000
Connecticut Health Care District 1199$1,000
New England Regional Council of Carpenters$500
Rhode Island AFL-CIO$350
Rhode Island Medical Society$250
Total Raised in 2012$8,520
Source:Follow the Money

2010

David Bennett won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, David Bennett raised a total of $22,969.

2008

David Bennett lost the election for the Rhode Island State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, David Bennett raised a total of $13,150.

Endorsements

  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • National Educators' Association (NEA)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Personal

Bennet and his wife, Ann, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alfred Gemma (D)
Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 20
2011–present
Succeeded by
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