|WEST BARNSTABLE – Steve Xiarhos, candidate for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District, announced today that he has received several additional endorsements from representatives of the public safety community.
The Sandwich Professional Fire Fighters Union (Local #2196) is endorsing Xiarhos for State Rep. “The union supports Mr. Xiarhos in a call for peace within the 5th Barnstable District, the Cape and Islands, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States of America,” said members of the union in a letter announcing the endorsement. “He will be an advocate for police reform as well as an advocate for racial equality and social justice. The Union joins Mr. Xiarhos during his campaign to keep our community strong and safe for all constituents.”
The Sandwich Professional Fire Fighters Union Local #2196 is affiliated with the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM), which has also endorsed Xiarhos’ campaign.
Xiarhos also announced that he has been endorsed by the Barnstable County Correctional Officers Union. The Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union (MCOFU), representing corrections officers statewide, previously announced its endorsement of Xiarhos.
Finally, the Plymouth Police Superior Officers Association (MCOP Local # 372) has endorsed Xiarhos for State Rep. “We could not find a more deserving candidate of our endorsement,” said James E. LeBretton, President of the Association. “Your dedication to the police profession coupled with your tenacity and vigor fighting for the rights, benefits, and recognition of everyone who wears a badge or has served this great nation in our military has not gone unnoticed by this organization…. We trust that you will never turn your back on us…. We appreciate your public support and look forward to your leadership on Beacon Hill.”
The Massachusetts Coalition of Police and Massachusetts Police Association, representing police officers statewide, previously announced their respective endorsements of Xiarhos’ campaign.
“I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsements of these three groups, and I appreciate their support,” said Xiarhos. “Fire fighters, police officers, and correction officers endure great difficulties in their jobs, risking their lives in the name of public safety on a daily basis. They deserve our support and appreciation for all they do in their jobs. That’s nowhere more true than here on Cape Cod.”
Xiarhos has made public safety of Cape Cod residents a cornerstone of his campaign. As a former Deputy Police Chief, Xiarhos has pledged to work hard in support of criminal justice reform to make sure violent criminals and drug dealers remain incarcerated. He also has pledged to continue the fight against opioid abuse.