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 4th primary election, is the first television ad in the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.
The ad, titled “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 twelfth 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 ten 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. Amidst his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.
In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.
Son of Boston news reporter John Henning, Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.
You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com.