As a Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives, 5th Barnstable District, I feel it is important to differentiate myself so the voters clearly know what to expect from me if I am elected.

I believe my incumbent GOP primary election opponent does not adhere to the precepts, principles and practices outlined below. To this end, I present what may be termed a freedom pledge that would help guide my tenure in office, if the voters should so choose:

• I pledge to support individual liberty, private property and free enterprise.

• I pledge to vote against any legislation I have not read or do not understand.

• I pledge to oppose all net increases in taxes and fees and to work to reduce the burden of government.

• I pledge to sponsor at least one bill each year that repeals an existing law or reduces the burden of that law.

• I pledge to support any legislative effort to oppose the federal government’s violation of the U.S. Constitution.

• I pledge to hold at least four “town hall” meetings, open to the public, during each calendar year I am in office, including at least one during the legislative session.

Ron Beaty

West Barnstable