|WEST BARNSTABLE — With Election Day just one month away, Steve Xiarhos is wasting no time telling voters his priorities for the remainder of the campaign for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District.
“To me, this has always been a campaign about helping people and making Cape Cod a better place to live and work,” said Xiarhos in a message to supporters this past weekend. “I look forward to bringing that message to more and more voters throughout the remainder of this campaign.”
Xiarhos emphasized that he intends to be a full-time State Representative if elected, and that he will make constituent service a priority. “If elected, I will have no other job than to work as a State Representative helping the people of this district,” said Xiarhos. “For forty years, I worked as a police officer. I was ready to answer the call whenever someone reached out in need of assistance — morning, Noon, or night. No excuses, no distractions, no exceptions. I will make constituent service a similar priority if elected. Whenever people need help, I’ll be there to assist.”
Aside from helping constituents, Xiarhos also pledged to be accountable and accessible to the people of the district. “Some people think politicians are their own boss. But that’s not really true. If elected, as far as I am concerned, I will have something on the order of thirty thousand bosses,” said Xiarhos. “I will make the thoughts, concerns, and priorities of the people of the Fifth Barnstable District my own, every day. People will always know where I stand, and why. And, I will always be ready to listen to people, even if we respectfully disagree. That’s how we learn. That’s how we grow and move forward. And, ultimately, that’s also what being an elected official is about.”
Xiarhos spoke about some of the challenges facing Massachusetts residents today and how he would address them. “Without question, 2020 has been a very difficult year all around. As we turn our attention to next year, the focus needs to be on ways to move forward and put all of this behind us,” said Xiarhos. “Aside from serious public health consequences, which we continue to address, COVID-19 has wrought intense damage to our economy and our way of life. I want to find ways to get Massachusetts residents back to work, to reopen our economy, and to get our kids back inside classrooms so they can learn. We can’t afford another repeat of the Summer of 2020 here on the Cape.”
“I will work hard to support our first responders, our veterans, and our seniors,” Xiarhos continued. “I will make their success a priority. I want to find ways to balance our state budget without raising taxes, without cutting Local Aid, and without defunding our police. We need to move past excessive regulations and unfunded mandates, and find ways for state government to be supportive of our businesses and our communities. Too many people are still hurting, and the decisions we make at the start of the next legislative session will have profound effects on their long-term recovery. We have to get this right, and we need the right people in the job to make smart choices.”
“I am looking forward to January, and I’m ready to hit the ground running, roll up my sleeves, and work hard on Day One,” said Xiarhos. “Through the work I have done for local non-profits and charities, including during the pandemic, I am well known as someone who can bring people together and get things done for the common good. That’s probably the most important quality we need in a State Representative heading into next year, and I am the right person for the job. I’m ready.”