October 7, 2020

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.

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)
  • State Representative Susan Williams Gifford (R – 2nd 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.