David Ringius, currently a town councilor for Braintree’s District 5, has announced he will run to become councilor-at-large in this fall’s town election.

“Braintree is a great town, built upon a tradition of pride in our history. Our community is strong and vibrant, but we, like every city or town, have issues we must address if we are to continue to flourish,” he said in an announcement.

Ringius was elected to the town councilor in 2017. Before that, he served on the town’s school committee for 10 years. During that time he focused on school safety, substance use and expanding educational programming, and led the search committee that selected Frank Hackett, the current school superintendent.

During his first year on the town council, Ringius helped pass the Demo Delay Ordinance, which protects properties in the town that have been determined to be historically significant. He has also expressed hesitation about the proposed changes to the town’s zoning bylaws.

Ringius told the Braintree Forum in May that the current plan fails to address the concerns of some people in his district and the town in general, especially concerns around the possibility of more multi-unit housing being allowed by the rewrite.

“There’s some good pieces in there. But as it’s currently proposed as a whole, it just doesn’t work,” he said.

Ringius is a lifelong Braintree resident, and currently lives in town with his two daughters, who attend Braintree schools. He is a former Assistant District Attorney for the Norfolk D.A.’s Office, where he served as Juvenile Unit Chief. This role encouraged his strong interested in public safety and combating the opioid crisis, according to the release.

Towns must develop new strategies for addressing this epidemic, his campaign announcement stated.

“This approach must include a balanced approach of education for our youth, treatment for those battling addiction, and giving our police the proper tools to take those who peddle this poison off our streets,” he said.

Rigius is the second candidate to announce he will seek an at-large seat. Julia Flaherty, a former teacher, announced her candidacy last month. At least one of the council’s three at-large seats will be open this year, since councilor-at-large Sean Powers has announced he is running for mayor.

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