The deputy chief of the Yarmouth Police Department, Steven G. Xiarhos, said this week that he is exploring the possibility of running for state representative in 2020.
Deputy Chief Xiarhos, a resident of West Barnstable in Precinct 11, said that he is considering a run for the Barnstable 5th District representative seat following the announcement that incumbent Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) would not be seeking re-election.
“It’s just something we’re considering,” Deputy Chief Xiarhos said. “But right now my focus is being the Yarmouth Police Department deputy chief and completing the good things we do here.”
He said that he would not be considering running for the office if Mr. Hunt had intended to run again, but that he sees it as an opportunity to continue to help and serve people in Massachusetts. He has not yet made a firm decision as to whether he will pull papers.
“At this point we’re just confirming that we’re interested,” he said. “We’ll know more in the future.”
Deputy Chief Xiarhos had previously pulled papers to run for the Precinct 11 Barnstable town councillor, but said he has decided to withdraw his name from that race.
He declined to discuss his stand on any policy measures at this time, wishing to instead continue to focus on the work he is still doing in Yarmouth.
Deputy Chief Xiarhos has served the town of Yarmouth through the police department for 40 years. His children, Nicholas, Alexander, Ashlynne, and Elizabeth were all educated through the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District.
He is a Gold Star parent following the death of Nicholas on July 23, 2009, in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Nicholas was a corporal with the United States Marine Corps who served during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Mr. Hunt, who had held the 5th Barnstable seat for 10 years, announced in July his decision not to run for re-election when his current term expires next year, citing the negative political climate as one of his reasons.
Last month, Sandwich School Committee member James J. Dever announced that he would be seeking the Barnstable 5th seat. Mr. Dever is focused on reforming public education funding from the state.
A representative from the state’s Campaign Finance office said that in addition to Mr. Dever, several people have filed fundraising intentions through their office. The list included Barnstable County Commissioners Ronald Beatty and Sandwich residents John (Jack) Stanton, who ran against Mr. Hunt last year and lost.
The representative also said Matthew Terry of Sandwich has filed fundraising intentions with the state. But Mr. Terry said last month that he would not be seeking election during this cycle.
The Barnstable 5th District encompasses all of Sandwich, Barnstable Precincts 11 and 12, Bourne Precincts One, Two, and Seven, and Plymouth Precinct Nine.