There is no mistaking it’s town election season. The letters of endorsement for one of this year’s candidates for a seat on the Board of Selectmen are unmistakably similar in tone and content. Some even use the exact same words and phrases. This was the case last year when I was a candidate for Planning Board. The letters endorsing my opponent were also coincidentally similar in words, tone and content. The folks writing to endorse this year’s candidate are the same folks who endorsed my opponent last year.

It seems, for some, our town elections have become focused on “politics” rather than actual positions and track records on the important issues and opportunities facing our community. One might wonder whether these endorsers have even met their chosen candidate and talked about these issues and opportunities...or are they simply following instructions and endorsing this candidate based on political party affiliation? The letters and “talking points” suggest the was the case last year.

John Cotton and Tom O’Hara have demonstrated their commitment to the Mashpee community. They both have proven track records that confirm they care deeply about our town, its people and its potential. Their records also confirm they effectively lead, willingly collaborate and get things done. Tom and John will continue to work for us, and I encourage my neighbors and friends to support them.

John Fulone

Member and Clerk, Mashpee Planning Board

Stratford Ridge


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