Dubrule eyes Second Congressional District seat

Daniel D. Dubrule, who challenged Democratic incumbent Stephen Brewer for his Senate seat in 2010, plans to run again, this time as an independent seeking Democratic incumbent James McGovern’s Second Congressional District seat.

Dubrule, a 46-year-old retired state corrections officer now living in his native Leominster, said initially that he hadn’t collected enough signatures to get his name on the November ballot, so would run as a sticker candidate, but then realized that the deadline for collecting nomination paper signatures is July 29 rather than April 29.

Dubrule, who worked as an insurance agent since his 20-year stint at the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, where he was a union steward for the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union. He said he is now working full-time on his campaign for what would be his first public office.

In his unsuccessful 2010 campaign to unseat Brewer for state Legislature, Dubrule had been endorsed by the Rollback Coalition and ran as a member of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Although he said he has been campaigning before Tea Party groups — of which he said there are more than 14 in the Congressional district — Dubrule emphasized that he is not running as a Tea Party candidate and is “not really a member, particularly. I would say I definitely like a lot of things they stand for,” including their “personal liberty” stance.

Dubrule, who campaigned for former Louisiana Gov. Charles “Buddy” Roemer’s Republican bid for president in 2012, said that experience “opened my eyes to a lot of problems and solutions out there,” and he decided to seek a congressional seat in the Second District, which includes Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately in Franklin County.

A self-described ‘grass-roots lobbyist’ who worked in his union position to get state legislation passed, with Brewer’s help, to redefine veterans’ benefits, Dubrule says on his campaign website that he feels ready to serve the congressional district “thanks (to) his long time grass-roots activism and knowledge of being a champion for underdogs in his diverse experience.”

He said he plans to run as an independent candidate because Massachusetts voters are better able to identify with that label than to the Republican party.

Dubrule needs to gather 2,000 voter signatures July 29 to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate. He also needs to raise campaign funds. The Federal Elections Commission has him listed as raising $251 as of April 25, and having spent $12,000. McGovern, by comparison, has raised over $561,000.

On the Web: www.danforma.com

You can reach Richie Davis at rdavis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, Ext. 269

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