HYANNIS — Election night was a clean sweep for the four local incumbents seeking re-election to the Massachusetts House and Senate, with all winning a return ticket to Beacon Hill for two more years.
Each of those races had a common denominator: The incumbents beat newcomers to the state-level political arena. In the wake of the election, it appears that Tuesday may not have been the end of the road for their political pursuits.
“It was an amazing experience and I’d be interested in doing it again,” said Democrat Paul Cusack, who came up short in the 2nd Barnstable District against state Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville. “I’m serious about making this area a prosperous, healthier and more equitable place to have a career, raise a family and retire.”
Cusack returned to his job as a shellfisherman Wednesday and said he would finish reading "Moby-Dick" — the classic book he started reading in March — now that he’s off the campaign trail.
“I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” said Steven Leibowitz, who lost his bid to unseat state Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, in the 1st Barnstable District. “I’m going to enjoy some downtime, but I’m certainly not going away. I’ll continue to fight for issues on the Cape.”
Jack Stanton, a Democrat who fell to state Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, in the 5th Barnstable District, called his run a “wonderful experience” leaving him with a more positive outlook of people and their concerns, despite the toxic national political environment.
“Most definitely I will run for office again,” Stanton, who is 27, said.
Republican John Flores, a Barnstable town councilor, said he had no regrets about his campaign, which ended in defeat to state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and he would “never say never” about another run in the future.
The four men agreed that meeting constituents and “door knocking” in neighborhoods to discuss issues was the best and most gratifying part of the campaign. But Flores went a step further, adding he also enjoyed meeting people at, of all places, the dump.
“The best part of campaigning was going to the Barnstable and Yarmouth transfer stations and talking to people, and knocking on doors,” he said. “I’m better for the number of wonderful people I met.”
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Condolences to Representative Crocker on the death of his father, William “Bill” Crocker.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Crocker Park Cemetery in West Barnstable.
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Barnstable County Administrator John “Jack” Yunits Jr., has high praise for Barnstable County Commissioner Leo Cakounes, who narrowly lost a re-election bid to Democrat Ronald Bergstrom.
“I’ve never worked with any elected official who has been as thoroughly prepared as Leo,” Yunits said Wednesday.
That’s saying something.
Yunits has a lot of experience working with elected officials: He was the longest-serving mayor of Brockton, the state’s sixth largest city, serving five terms from 1995 to 2005.
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The Bourne Republican Town Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center, 239 Main St., Buzzards Bay.
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Some of the region’s elected officials shared their thoughts on Twitter after Election Day. Here are a few of them:
Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. (@ronbeatyjr) on Nov. 7:
“The MA Republican Party establishment failed to adequately support Barnstable County Commissioner LEO CAKOUNES in his reelection bid! They are responsible for his election loss. In that, I do not forgive them. If ever one was worthy of Party support, it was Commissioner Cakounes!”
State Rep. Dylan Fernandes (@RepDylan), who ran unopposed for re-election, on Nov. 7:
“It is an honor to wake up every day and serve the district I grew up in and love. Thank you Falmouth, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Cuttyhunk!”
Gov. Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) on Nov. 7:
“@MassLtGov and I are grateful to the people of Massachusetts for affirming our community-oriented, collaborative approach to governing. Today we got right back to work with our staff and cabinet on next steps to continue making MA the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
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