|WEST BARNSTABLE – Steve Xiarhos, Republican Candidate for State Representative in the 5th Barnstable District, announced today that his campaign has been endorsed by State Representative Susan Williams Gifford (R – 2nd Plymouth District).
“Steve Xiarhos is a great candidate, but more than that, he is a terrific person,” said Representative Gifford. “Steve knows how important it is for us to protect the environment of Cape Cod and to nurture its fragile tourist-based economy back to vitality. He also knows how important it is to work with local small businesses to create jobs and grow our economy. All of this can be done at the same time, but it takes vision and leadership to accomplish. Steve has both. I also respect his years of experience as a police officer and Deputy Chief of Police, and I trust him to advocate for public safety as a member of the Legislature. I am proud to endorse Steve Xiarhos for State Representative in the 5th Barnstable District.”
“I appreciate Representative Gifford’s endorsement of my campaign,” said Xiarhos. “Susan Williams Gifford is a great State Representative for the people of the 2nd Plymouth District. She has worked tirelessly to protect the environmentally-sensitive areas of Southeast Massachusetts, and to work together with local businesses and our tourism industry to grow our economy. I appreciate her support of my candidacy and I look forward to the opportunity to work with her on these and other issues as a member of the House.”
About Susan Williams Gifford
Susan Williams Gifford was elected State Representative in November 2002. Serving constituents of the 2nd Plymouth District, including the towns of Middleboro, Carver, and Wareham, she currently serves as the Assistant Minority Whip and is a member of the House Committees on Ethics and Steering, Policy & Scheduling.
As a member of the Legislature, Rep. Gifford has made issues of environmental protection, tourism, and economic development among her top priorities. She has served proudly on the Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Commission, the Massachusetts Ocean Management Task Force, the 1000 Great Places In Massachusetts Commission, the Tourism Fund Formula Commission, and the Cranberry Revitalization Task Force. She is also a current member of the Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Commission Steering Committee.
Prior to becoming State Representative, Rep. Gifford worked as an insurance consultant with Boston-based Insurance Overload Systems, most recently managing workers compensation claims for World Trade Center victims. Educated in business administration, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University.
She lives with her husband, Mark, and their Lucky Lab Rescue chocolate lab Gusto in their family home in Wareham.