State Rep. Tim Whelan Endorses Steve Xiarhos for 5th Barnstable District Seat

July 20, 2020

BARNSTABLE – State Representative Timothy Whelan (R – 1st Barnstable District) has announced that he is endorsing Republican candidate Steve Xiarhos for State Representative in the 5th Barnstable District.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of my friend and hopefully my future colleague, Representative Whelan,” said Xiarhos. “I was proud to work with Rep. Whelan during my time as Deputy Chief of Police in Yarmouth. He has represented portions of that community, along with parts of Barnstable, Brewster, and the town of Dennis, for a number of years with pride. We share a common heritage of working in law enforcement, and a common appreciation for the need to keep our streets safe from violent criminals. Tim is also a U.S. Marine and has been very supportive of my Gold Star Family in recent years. I am very thankful for Representative Whelan’s support.”

About Rep. Whelan

Representative Timothy Whelan (R – 1st Barnstable District) represents portions of the communities of Barnstable (Pct. 1), Brewster (Pcts. 1 and 2), Dennis, and Yarmouth (Pcts. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7). He was first elected to the Legislature in 2015. Currently, he serves on the House Committee on Ways & Means, and Joint Committees for both Public Service and Higher Education.

Whelan honorably served his country as a United States Marine and also spent 26 years working in law enforcement, most recently as a Sergeant for the Massachusetts State Police.

Due to his law enforcement experience, Whelan has been a leading legislative advocate for public safety issues, including the fight against opioid abuse. He also is a leading voice for transportation safety and infrastructure. In addition, he advocates for equitable funding for public schools, and the housing and economic development Cape Cod needs to make its economy and way of life thrive.

Whelan is a resident of Brewster with his wife of 30 years, and they have two adult daughters. He is also a proud member of several local organizations including Cape Cod Veterans, Inc., Marine Corps League Detachment 125, AMVETS Post 333, the Sons of Erin, and the Former Mass. State Troopers Association.

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
  • 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,

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.