October 21, 2020

WEST BARNSTABLE – Steve Xiarhos, candidate for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District, issued the following statement today responding to published reports that a large quantity of legislation could be acted on by the General Court after Election Day this year:
“This is an unprecedented year, and the Legislature has left a historic amount of unfinished business pending into the Fall and potentially past the time people will have voted for the next Legislature. That concerns me deeply.

“One of my primary concerns is that the majority party will use the lame duck session as cover and an opportunity to pass legislation that otherwise would not survive public scrutiny. Prime examples include the so-called “Safe Communities Act” and measures to provide drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, proposals which have long been advocated by the majority on Beacon Hill. I am very much opposed to sanctuary cities and drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, and I believe there needs to be significant information sharing and cooperation with public safety officials. As a former police officer I know that these bills, if passed, would significantly undermine public safety in Massachusetts, including here on Cape Cod. I oppose efforts to advance bills like the Safe Communities Act late in the legislative session, and if elected, I will do my part to oppose proposals like sanctuary cities and drivers licenses for illegal immigrants.

“History has shown that one-party rule on Beacon Hill does not work to the best interests of the people of Massachusetts, especially when the majority party is left to its own devices without any accountability. As is often said, ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Our democratic process depends on the checks and balances of the two party system to tame majority rule, and that’s nowhere more true than in the Massachusetts Legislature. I believe we can do better. I am the only candidate who can be an independent voice for the people of the Fifth Barnstable District. And, if elected, I will use my voice to make sure government works for the best interests of people here on Cape Cod instead of serving the best interests of Beacon Hill power brokers.”

On Sunday, the Boston Globe reported there is increasing likelihood that Beacon Hill legislators will not act on a number of significant pieces of legislation until after Election Day, amidst calls for action on bills including the issuance of drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants. Normally, formal legislative business concludes by July 31 of an election year. However, legislators opted to extend business this year until January 5, 2021 (the day before the new legislative session begins) because of delays associated with the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is not the first time Xiarhos has spoken about the extended legislative session and the importance of accountability. In July, Xiarhos issued a call for legislators to remain in formal sessions past the traditional July 31 legislative deadline, so as to permit additional deliberation on important legislation including the state budget. However, he also called for an end to those sessions before the state primary election to preserve the accountability of the electoral process. “By staying in session through August 21, legislators would benefit from having three additional weeks to consider important business before the end of formal sessions, while also maintaining accountability by concluding business before early voting for the state primary begins,” he said.

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:

  • Governor Charlie Baker
  • Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito
  • 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)
  • Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe
  • Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings
  • Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald
  • Barnstable County Register of Probate Anastasia Welsh Perrino
  • 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.