Millbury Selectman Brian Ashmankas will direct the signature drive for the statewide anti-casino movement Repeal the Casino Deal, the citizens group announced.
The group needs to collect nearly 69,000 valid signatures from registered voters this fall to put a repeal of the state casino law before the voters on a statewide ballot next year.
“Brian understands state government’s promotion of casinos represents the wrong direction for Massachusetts and is a bad deal for citizens,” said John Ribeiro, of Winthrop, chairman of Repeal the Casino Deal, in a statement. “He is principled, talented, passionate and selfless – all qualities that reflect the kind of campaign we intend to run.”
Ashmankas, 26, was elected to the Millbury Board of Selectman in 2010 and was recently reelected. He graduated summa cum laude from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and earned his master’s degree in political science from Boston College.
His town of Millbury votes Sept. 24 on a proposal by an affiliate of Rush Street Gaming to build a slot parlor in the community.