On March 16, 2016 Cape Cod Today Highlights Will Crocker's Campaign Kickoff.
Crocker kicks off state rep campaign
Cape Cod Today Staff
March 16, 2016
Barnstable Town Councilor Will Crocker kicked off his state rep campaign Tuesday night at Alberto's Ristorante on Main Street in Hyannis. More than 200 people gathered to support Crocker as he made his announcement, according to a statement from the Crocker campaign.
Crocker, a Republican from Centerville, will take on State Representative Brian Mannal (D-Barnstable) for his 2nd Barnstable District seat.
The guest list was a who's who of local Republicans including current and former pols: Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe, State Senator Vinny deMacedo, Barnstable County Clerk of Courts Scott Nickerson, County Commissioner Leo Cakounes, former County Treasurer/County Commissioner Mary LeClair, fellow Barnstable Town Councilors John Flores, John Norman, Eric Steinhilber and Phil Wallace, former Barnstable Town Councilor Ann Canedy, former Yarmouth Selectman Jim Saben and Republican State Committee Members Fran Manzelli and Barbara McCoy.
Out of district support came from Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Plymouth County Sheriff Joe McDonald and Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz.
The special guest of the evening was First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker who introduced a video from Governor Charlie Baker. "I think Will is definitely the best candidate running," said the governor via video. "He's got all the experience you'd want. He's head and shoulders above his competition on the opioid epidemic, on homelessness and on a whole bunch of issues regarding retirees and veterans on the Cape."
Crocker, a Cape Cod native and graduate of Barnstable High School worked in television and radio (WQRC, Ocean 104.7 and WXTK) for 30 years. A trustee of Cape Cod Community College, Crocker currently works with inmates at the Bristol County House of Correction, helping them obtain their diplomas, the statement said.
"There are many serious issues in Barnstable and Yarmouth," Crocker said. "As one of Barnstable's Town Councilors I understand those issues, such as the opioid and homelessness crises and what they mean to both our towns, for our quality of life and our local economies. Well it's time to get them resolved." Crocker told the attendees at last night's kick-off he is the person to get it done. "That's why I'm running," Crocker said.
Brian Mannal was first elected as 2nd Barnstable District State Representative in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.
The 2nd Barnstable District includes Barnstable Precincts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13 and Yarmouth Precincts 5 and 6.