|SANDWICH – Steven Xiarhos, candidate for State Representative, told residents of the Fifth Barnstable District today that he plans to open and maintain a local constituent services office within the district if he is elected.
“If elected, I will be a full-time State Representative, and I pledge to make constituent service a top priority,” said Xiarhos. “While I anticipate having lots of work to do at the State House in Boston, I also think it’s important to have a base of operations locally so I can better communicate with people whenever I’m here at home. This is where my focus will remain.”
“I want to make sure that I am always fully accessible and responsive to people’s needs whenever they have a question, or a concern, or something they’d like me to look into for them,” Xiarhos continued. “If people want to speak with me, I want them to feel like they can just drop by so we can chat. I will never lose sight of the fact that the people of Sandwich, Barnstable, Bourne, and Plymouth collectively are my boss and my one and only job is to serve them with honor, integrity, hard work, and results.”
Xiarhos has made local issues a cornerstone of his campaign and has pledged to fight for more local aid and to reduce unfunded mandates on cities and towns. He also has maintained active lines of communication with local officials throughout his race for State Representative, a practice he looks forward to continuing if elected. “I want to know what local leaders are thinking and how I can help them and the community they serve,” he said. “Whenever there is a local project, or something that’s needed to support municipal services, or a problem that needs to be addressed, I want to be their first call so that we can come up with a solution together. Having a consistent working presence right here within the district is important in that regard.”
In recognition of his focus on local issues, Xiarhos has been endorsed by four members of the Sandwich Board of Selectmen (Michael Miller, Robert George, David Sampson and Charles Holden), in addition to Barnstable Town Councilor Matthew Levesque and Bourne Selectman Jared MacDonald. His attention to local small-business needs also was recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business MA-PAC, which is endorsing his candidacy. Recently, Xiarhos also announced the backing of local public safety groups, including the Sandwich Professional Fire Fighters Union (Local #2196), the Barnstable County Correctional Officers Union, and the Plymouth Police Superior Officers Association (MCOP Local # 372).
“This is my home, and making Cape Cod a better place to live, work, and raise a family is why I’m running for office,” said Xiarhos. “Having a local office will help me accomplish that goal. I can’t wait to get to work.”