State Rep. David Vieira Endorses Steve Xiarhos for 5th Barnstable District Seat
July 13, 2020
BOURNE –Steve Xiarhos, Republican candidate for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District, is pleased to announce that his candidacy has been formally endorsed by State Representative David Vieira (R – 3rd Barnstable District).
“I recently had the opportunity to catch up with my friend Steve Xiarhos at Joint Base Cape Cod to discuss the tireless efforts he and his group of volunteers at FOOD4VETS have invested to make sure our vets and military families have food security during this difficult time. He has pulled off over 60 events in eastern Massachusetts in the last couple months, all while campaigning to be my colleague in the House! I don’t know where he gets the energy, but if he brings the same level of energy and professionalism to the House of Representatives, the 5th Barnstable District will be well served. I am pleased to endorse Steve Xiarhos for State Representative.”
“I am extremely grateful to have Rep. Vieira’s support,” said Xiarhos. “David Vieira is a distinguished public servant who has represented the people of Bourne, Falmouth and Mashpee with honor and integrity. He has worked especially hard on issues regarding public safety, education, and public health. His past work also involves a commitment to working with officials at the local level to improve the quality of government. I appreciate his support and, if elected, I look forward to serving in the Legislature alongside Rep. Vieira to serve the best interests of Cape Cod.”
About David Vieira
State Representative David Vieira (R – 3rd Barnstable District) was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2011. He currently serves as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets; Ranking House Member of the Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security; and member of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development and the House Committee on Rules.
One year after returning from college, Vieira was elected the youngest town moderator in Falmouth’s history and reportedly the second youngest in the history of the Commonwealth. His work led him to be elected director of the Massachusetts Moderators’ Association for two terms, in which capacity he served on numerous panels and committees working to preserve the town meeting form of government, and also trained many new moderators across the Commonwealth.
In 1999, Vieira went to work for Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings as Special Assistant to the Sheriff, where he was tasked with developing and implementing various youth programs. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Sheriff Cummings appointed Vieira as Director of Intergovernmental Relations & Citizen Corps. In that role, he successfully started the first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Cape Cod. He also trained and coordinated involvement of CERT teams in the Town of Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich. He also has extensive experience working with officials FEMA to coordinate response to hurricanes.
Shortly after joining the Legislature, Vieira was honored when elected by his peers as a freshman legislator to serve as a director of the Massachusetts Legislators’ Association in May of 2012. He also served as the only House member on the Governor’s Special Commission on Compounding Pharmacies, helping to craft recommendations for pharmacy oversight following the deadly New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak in 2012. In 2013, he was appointed to the Special Commission on Early Education & Care Operations and Finance. Cape Cod Child Development honored Representative Vieira for his work on the Special Commission with the 2014 Community Service Award for “his advocacy, leadership and commitment to addressing the issues effecting children and families across the region.”
Vieira and his wife, Rebecca, reside in East Falmouth with their daughter.
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 David Vieira (R – 3rd Barnstable District)
- Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings
- Jeff Perry (former State Representative and Cape Cod Republican activist)
- Barnstable Town Councilor Matthew Levesque
- The Massachusetts Coalition of Police
- The Massachusetts Police Association
- Bob Avila, Sandwich Resident and Owner of Captain John Boats
For more information about Steve Xiarhos and his campaign, please visit his Website, www.Xiarhosforrep.com.
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.