September 21, 2020

SANDWICH – Steven Xiarhos, Republican candidate for State Representative in the 5th Barnstable District, announced today that his candidacy has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union (MCOFU).

“Steve Xiarhos will fight hard for public safety and to improve the quality of lives for the residents of the 5th Barnstable District,” said MCOFU Legislative Representative Kevin Flanagan in a letter announcing the unanimous endorsement of members of the group’s Executive Board.

MCOFU represents the interests of approximately 4,000 correction officers from across Massachusetts.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Correction Officers union, and I thank them for their support,” said Xiarhos. “Our state’s correction officers perform important and dangerous work. We trust them to maintain order in our correctional facilities, where they interact every day with some of society’s most dangerous and violent criminals. I respect and thank them immensely for the essential service they provide.”

Xiarhos Expands Strong Public Safety Support

Xiarhos has made public safety a cornerstone issue of his campaign. As a former Deputy Chief of Police, Xiarhos has pledged to push for tougher legislation to keep violent criminals and drug dealers behind bars. He also has vowed to continue work fighting the opioid epidemic which continues to hurt residents across Massachusetts. And, as an ardent supporter of police and other first responders, Xiarhos has expressed concern about police reform legislation passed by the Massachusetts House and Senate, saying current proposals risk undercutting important law enforcement efforts.

The MCOFU endorsement is the latest in a series of statements made by leading law enforcement officials and unions supportive of Xiarhos’ candidacy. Previously, Xiarhos has received support from Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings, Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald, the Massachusetts Police Association, the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the New England Police Benevolent Association. Altogether, these groups and officials proudly represent well over 35,000 men and women who serve on the front lines of public safety efforts across Massachusetts.

“I continue to be honored and humbled by the support I have received from all of these individuals and public safety groups,” said Xiarhos. “I have ultimate respect for the men and women who serve our state’s public safety organizations. From police, to firefighters, to correction officers, to EMT’s and medical workers, our state’s first responders include some of the best and most talented people in Massachusetts. I would like people to know I believe our state is made better by their work, and I will always have their back.”

About Steven Xiarhos

Steven Xiarhos is a resident of West Barnstable and the 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)
  • State Representative Mathew Muratore (R – 1st Plymouth 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
  • Bourne Selectman Jared P. MacDonald
  • Sandwich Selectman Michael J. Miller
  • Sandwich Selectman Robert J. George
  • Sandwich Selectman David Sampson
  • Sandwich Selectman Charles Holden
  • The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) MA PAC
  • The Massachusetts Police Association
  • The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
  • The Massachusetts Coalition of Police
  • The Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union (MCOFU)
  • The Fraternal Order of Police
  • The New England Police Benevolent 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 House 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 general election is on November 3.