October 28, 2020

WEST BARNSTABLE – Steve Xiarhos, candidate for State Representative in the Fifth Barnstable District, recently spoke with supporters about some of his 2021 legislative priorities if he is elected.

“By far, the most important issue facing our state is to remain vigilant and continue our response to the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Xiarhos. “My top priority will be to ensure the public health and economic security of Cape Cod residents, while also balancing the state budget without new taxes and pushing to get schools and businesses back to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible.”

“At the same time, we must not lose sight of other important issues facing our state,” Xiarhos said.

According to Xiarhos, if elected, he would request to serve on the Joint Committees on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Education, and Transportation. “These committees best reflect my professional experience as a police officer and school resource officer, as well as my sense of the most pressing needs for the 5th Barnstable District,” said Xiarhos.

Xiarhos says he plans to emphasize public safety and criminal justice reform as part of his legislative priorities. “I want to use my professional experience to help constantly reexamine our laws to make sure we’re in the best position possible to put violent criminals and drug dealers behind bars and keep them there,” Xiarhos said. He also wants to continue the fight against opioid abuse, which continues to be a problem statewide, and pledged to work with Rep. Will Crocker to push for passage of Nero’s Bill. Xiarhos also reaffirmed his opposition to sanctuary cities / sanctuary states. And, he pledged to use his experience to push for passage of an appropriate police reform bill. “The drafts passed by the House and Senate earlier this year simply went too far,” Xiarhos said. “I support passage of reforms, including increased training for officers, but we need to make sure that whatever we do does not undercut public safety in the Commonwealth.”

As a former school resource officer, Xiarhos also pledged to focus on education issues. “Local Aid obviously plays a vital role in our ability to deliver a quality education to our children, and I will push for robust funding of municipal and Chapter 70 aid going forward,” said Xiarhos. Xiarhos also says he wants to make issues of school safety a priority, and that he wants to investigate ways to expand charter schools in Massachusetts.

Xiarhos says he plans to take an active role in planning for the replacement of the Cape Cod Canal bridges. “Rep. Hunt and others have provided a solid agreement for the replacement of this important infrastructure, and I look forward to seeing this project brought to fruition. I also want to look for ways to increase intermodal transportation opportunities across our district, particularly the expansion of railways and bike paths.”

Environmental protection issues also remain an important priority for Xiarhos. “Many Cape Cod cities and towns are facing issues with wastewater management. We need to find ways to address these issues successfully,” he said. “We also need to work on issues of coastal erosion to protect our seashore. Cape Cod is a beautiful place to live and work, and we need to do everything we can to preserve it for future generations.”

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
  • The Plymouth Police Superior Officers Association (MCOP Local # 372)
  • The Sandwich Professional Fire Fighters Union (Local # 2196)
  • The Barnstable County Correctional Officers Union

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.