To me, elections are about the future. Being a mother and grandmother, when I give my support and vote to a candidate, I am thinking about who will make our community, state and country a safer and more prosperous place of opportunity.

While most people are focused on the race for president, our next State Representative is also critically important. The people in the 5th Barnstable district have a very easy choice, and his name is Steven Xiarhos.

I am voting for Mr. Xiarhos because as a retired deputy police chief, I know he will help keep our communities safe. Having been endorsed by the sheriff, district attorney and many police organizations, I know Mr. Xiarhos has their respect as well. As our community is mostly made up of small businesses, I appreciate all the support and advocacy that Mr. Xiarhos has provided to those businesses struggling to remain open.

Thinking of the past, I would also like to thank Randy Hunt for his last 10 years as our State Representative.

Thinking of the future opportunities and safety of my children and grandchildren, I have confidence that Steven Xiarhos is the right choice for my family.

Please join me in voting for Steven Xiarhos on November 3.

Pauline M. Fortin

Emerald Way

Forestdale

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