If people tuned in to the candidates forum last week between Jim Dever and Steve Xiarhos, they know that Jim Dever is the clear choice to be our next state rep.

Mr. Dever was able to articulate clear and substantive plans for a myriad of issues that impact Cape Cod, including education, economy, climate change and the pandemic. He has served on the school committee in Sandwich for the past six years, he is a labor lawyer who represents everyday people and he is comfortable negotiating for the people he serves. It is time our district was represented by a member of the majority party. Despite what his opponent’s campaign asserts, it does make a difference in how money is allocated to towns across the commonwealth. In 20 years of Republican representation on Beacon Hill, our district has never received its fair share. You can look that up.

His opponent, Steve Xiarhos, has hitched his wagon to the Trump train. I don’t know about you, but I say thanks, but no thanks. He did not offer any ideas or plans for Cape Cod other than repeating the need to “keep Cape Cod safe and beautiful.” It is obvious to me that Mr. Xiarhos is not running as his own person but rather the most “attractive’ candidate that the Cape GOP could put forth. He seems to be a nice guy, though someone who is out of his depth when discussing anything other than public safety.

I want someone who is not beholden to anyone except his constituents. I also want someone who believes in science and demonstrates good judgment. Mr. Xiarhos, on a recent trip to DC to attend an event honoring Gold Star Families, demonstrated poor judgment when he posed for a photo with his daughters, without a mask on. He is now in quarantine, having been possibly exposed to COVD-19. That he would show such callous disregard for others (but especially his daughters) legitimately calls his judgment into question. His actions make a mockery of all the people who have lost their lives and others who have suffered so greatly because of this pandemic. It also made clear that he takes the word of the president over the scientists.

Lastly, among the many endorsements Jim has received, one in particular stands out: The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, whose president said it best:

“Our IBPO members know if we send our union brother to the Massachusetts State House, not only will public safety have a strong clear voice, but all working-class families will as well. Jim knows the issues facing everyday Americans and will fight for fairness, just as he has done for our first responders for close to twenty years. The IBPO wholeheartedly endorses Jim Dever to be the next State Representative for Sandwich, Bourne, Barnstable and Plymouth.”

I urge people in the 5th to vote for Jim Dever for state representative.

Kathy A. Felt

Old County Road

East Sandwich

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