Millbury selectman directing casino repeal signature drive

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.”

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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.