July 27, 2020

PLYMOUTH – Steve Xiarhos, Republican candidate for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District, announced today that his campaign has been officially endorsed by Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald.

“As a former police officer and Deputy Chief of Police, Steve Xiarhos knows what policies will help to keep our communities safe,” said McDonald. “Steve knows how important it is for law enforcement to have the information and resources needed to get the job done. And, he knows how important it is to keep up our fight against violent crime and opioid abuse. Steve is not afraid to stand up and advocate for our first responders when they need support, such as with his recent opposition to the Police Reform Bill. These are important priorities, and there is no candidate I trust more than Steve Xiarhos to help keep people on the South Shore and Cape Cod safe and secure. He is the only one who has the experience needed for the job. I am proud to endorse Steve Xiarhos for State Representative.”

“I am humbled and gratified by Sheriff McDonald’s endorsement, and I thank him for his support of my campaign,” said Xiarhos. “Sheriff McDonald is well-respected by his colleagues as an advocate for law enforcement in our region. He not only has impressive experience and training in law enforcement issues, but he is also an attorney and former prosecutor. People on the South Shore know they can trust Sheriff McDonald to help keep them safe from violent criminals.”

About Sheriff McDonald

Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. was first elected in November 2004, and sworn into office by then Massachusetts Governor W. Mitt Romney on January 5, 2005. He is the 30th High Sheriff of the County of Plymouth, an office which dates back to 1692. Previously, he served for almost nine years as an Assistant District Attorney for Plymouth County. A lifelong resident of Plymouth County, he and his family have made Kingston their home for the past two decades.

He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, and Suffolk University Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree. In 2017, the Sheriff was proud to receive the FBI Trilogy Award, upon his successful completion of specialized training in law enforcement supervision, management and command.

Sheriff McDonald is the immediate past President of the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association, having held that position from 2013 to 2017. Among his professional associations are: The National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), the American Correctional Association (ACA), Southeast Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association, Southeast Massachusetts Detectives Association, Southeast Massachusetts Prosecutors Association (past secretary), the Plymouth County Police Chiefs Association, Plymouth County Police Officers Association, and the Plymouth District Bar Association (past president). The Sheriff is also a member of the Massachusetts and Federal Bar.

About Steven Xiarhos

Steven Xiarhos is a resident of Barnstable and a Republican candidate for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District.

Steve spent forty years serving the people of Cape Cod as a member of the Yarmouth Police Department, retiring in late 2019 from the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Throughout his career, Steve attended numerous specialized training courses and is a graduate of the Babson College Command Training Course and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He is the recipient of 22 various police department awards and decorations including Officer of the Year, Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year, Rotary Club of Yarmouth Vocational Service Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Officer of the Year, and the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission Rosenthal Award.

Steve also remains active in many charitable and civic causes. This includes, but is not limited to, the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund (which was created in memory of Steve’s son, Nick, who was a Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2009). Currently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund and the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation; as well as a Volunteer for Wounded Warrior Project Cape Cod Soldier Ride.


Steve Xiarhos is proud to have his candidacy for State Representative endorsed publicly by:

  • State Representative Randy Hunt (R – 5th Barnstable District)
  • State Representative Tim Whelan (R – 1st Barnstable District)
  • State Representative Will Crocker (R – 2nd Barnstable District)
  • State Representative David Vieira (R – 3rd Barnstable District)
  • Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings
  • Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald
  • Jeff Perry (former State Rep. and Cape Cod Republican activist)
  • Barnstable Town Councilor Matthew Levesque
  • The Massachusetts Coalition of Police
  • The Massachusetts Police Association
  • The Fraternal Order of Police
  • Bob Avila, Sandwich Resident and Owner of Captain John Boats

For more information about Steve Xiarhos and his campaign, please visit his Website,

About the Fifth Barnstable District

The Fifth Barnstable District in the Massachusetts Houses of Representatives consists of the entire town of Sandwich, plus precincts 11 and 12 in Barnstable, precincts 1, 2, and 7 in Bourne, and precinct 9 in Plymouth.

The Republican primary is Tuesday, September 1. The general election is on November 3.