FALMOUTH - Democratic candidate for state representative and fourth-generation Falmouth resident Dylan Fernandes turned in more than 300 certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office this morning, a key step to qualifying for the September primary ballot.

Fernandes, former digital director in Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office, and his team of over 40 volunteers collected and turned in signatures to town clerks on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Falmouth. Despite being the last candidate to announce his candidacy, Fernandes was the first to turn in signatures, submitting over twice the required amount of 150.

“This is a grassroots campaign organized around bringing new energy and progressive leadership to Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket,” said Fernandes.  “I’ve been out on the campaign trail everyday talking with residents about my vision for a more affordable, vibrant, and equitable district and I’m excited and humbled by the enthusiasm that’s been building around our campaign.”

Fernandes’ campaign continues to gain momentum across the district. His campaign kickoff at the Captain Kidd in Woods Hole drew a crowd of over 150 people from Cuttyhunk to North Falmouth to West Tisbury and featured an endorsement by Falmouth Selectman and Barnstable County Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn.

Fernandes is committed to advancing economic opportunities for all residents, promoting environmental stewardship, and fighting for the people of the district on Beacon Hill.

“Having served as Maura Healey’s political director, digital director for the Attorney General’s Office, and organizer for Senator Elizabeth Warren, I bring the experience necessary in public service and politics to hit the ground running and fight for our district on day one,” Fernandes said.

Prior to serving as Digital Director in the AG’s Office, Fernandes worked in the AG’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division and Civil Rights Division. Fernandes served as the political director for Healey’s 2014 campaign and managed the South Coast field operation for Warren’s 2012 campaign.