Suffolk DA Candidate Henning Outlines Agenda on Guns and Opioids

Candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning released a television ad focused on his agenda to keep Suffolk County safe from gun violence, combat the opioid epidemic, and ensure that young people get a second chance. The ad, which will run on cable TV channels between now and the September 4, Primary election, is the first television ad in the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.

The ad, entitled “Dedicated,” begins with footage of John Henning, Greg’s father and a longtime news reporter and anchor for several Boston TV stations. After Greg talks about the lessons his father taught him about “honesty, fairness, compassion, and justice,” the ad features testimonials from one of Greg’s colleagues and a former student of his.

“Greg has really been a role model for me at the DA’s office, particularly with his commitment to protecting victims of crime,” said Amy Martin of Charlestown, an Assistant District Attorney in the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Unit in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where Greg has spent ten years as an Assistant District Attorney. “Greg has the experience necessary to keep Suffolk County safe, and the compassion to know when a young person who made a mistake just needs help getting their life back on track.”

“Since I met Greg, he has always looked out for me. He plays a major factor in what I want to do in my life,” said Manny Valmir of Hyde Park, a former student of Greg’s from Boston Preparatory Public Charter School, where Greg taught eighth grade English and 12th-grade constitutional law. “In the seven years I’ve known Greg, he’s been an incredible mentor to me, and I know he’ll help so many other young people as our DA.”

The ad then describes Greg’s agenda: to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, devote resources to fighting the opioid epidemic, and create mentoring programs to ensure that young people get a second chance. During this campaign, he’s released a plan to fully staff a countywide Unsolved Shootings Unit that would investigate nonfatal shootings and remove more guns from our streets; and a plan to create a mentorship program called Law Enforcement Early Diversion, or LEED, which would pair law enforcement professionals, such as Assistant District Attorneys and police officers, with young people throughout Suffolk County.

“Voters in every community are supporting our campaign to keep Suffolk County safe from gun violence, combat the opioid epidemic, and better engage every community in Boston, Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop,” said Henning. “I’m excited to share my vision of a safe and vibrant Suffolk County with voters in this ad.”

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.

For 10 years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County.

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