Mid-Cape voters return incumbents to office

A Barnstable Patriot article written by Bronwen Howells Walsh on November 7, 2018 shares the results of the November 6th election, where Representative Crocker was re-elected to serve a second term in the state legislature.

Mid-Cape voters return incumbents to office

Voter turnout was the big news on election day as people in the Mid-Cape went to the polls in droves.

In Barnstable, 65 percent of voters went to the polls. Yarmouth saw 64 percent turnout, and Dennis, 71 percent—the kind sometimes seen in presidential election years.

As far as their State House representation goes, voters conveyed that they like the status quo.

1st Barnstable District State Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, easily defeated his Democratic challenger Steve Leibowitz.

Whelan outpolled Leibowitz in Dennis with 4818 votes to 3371 for Leibowitz. Whelan also ran up victories in Yarmouth, 5394 to 3578 and in the one precinct in Barnstable in the district, 1174 to 915.

In the 2nd Barnstable District, incumbent Republican Will Crocker of Centerville won reelection, but not by as wide a margin as Whelan.

In Barnstable, Crocker earned 8122 votes to 7565 for Democrat Paul Cusack of Osterville. In Yarmouth, Crocker won narrowly, 1579 to 1352.

In the 5th Barnstable District, Rep. Randy Hunt, R-Sandwich, prevailed over Democratic challenger Jack Stanton by 58 percent to 41 percent.

Cape & Islands District State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, defeated his Republican challenger, Barnstable Town Councilor John Flores of Cummaquid.

In Barnstable, Cyr won 11,581 votes to 10,031 for Flores. In Yarmouth, Cyr’s margin was 6899 to 5096, and in Dennis, Cyr won 4818 to 3371. Cyr also ran up big margins in Orleans and on the Lower Cape to seal the victory.

Crocker faced a strong challenge from a first-time candidate with a wide network of political allies. Cusack worked for former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and is also a decorated Army veteran who served four tours in Afghanistan.

Crocker’s base of support was voters who know him as the “hometown candidate” with long family ties on Cape Cod.

“My chief of staff has a job!” Crocker exclaimed, referring to his wife and campaign manager, Judy, as they greeted guests at a victory party at Barnstable Brewing in Hyannis.

“I am ecstatic to be going back to continue to work on the things most important to the voters in my district,” Crocker said.

He later added, “It was a tough campaign. My dad died five days before the election. The service is Saturday. I will miss him. My dad was my sign guy.”

Cyr defeated Flores by a 60-40 percent margin and won every town in the Dennis-Yarmouth district. Barnstable voters chose Cyr over Flores by 53 percent to 46 percent, respectively.

“Wow. We had hoped for a good night, but this is beyond. Grass roots pays off! It’s such an honor to have the people of Cape Cod and the Islands put their faith in me.”

Cyr said he is humbled to have earned the support of voters in Barnstable.

“We won all but two (Barnstable) precincts,” said Cyr. “In the past four days, we knocked on 12,000 doors. We had 490 volunteers.”

In his victory speech at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, Cyr said the verdict is clear.

“In Massachusetts, we see our transgender neighbors and friends and family for who they are, just as deserving of dignity and respect and love as anyone else.

“We are witnessing a resounding ‘no’ to the small-minded who seek to erase and demonize others. That gives me profound hope for what is possible. Cape Codders crave the politics of decency and respect.”

Barnstable voted a resounding yes on Question 3, which passed 62 percent to 37 percent. Question 2 also won approval, at 66 percent to 33 percent. But voters overwhelmingly said no to Question 1 by 70 percent to 29 percent.

After cruising to victory for his third term in the House, Whelan said he will continue his work on the addiction crisis that is still resulting in deaths of young people and parents on the Cape. “Families are turned upside down. It’s a life-safety issue,” he said.

Whelan also said he will continue his involvement with the Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth Wastewater Partnership that he said “will save tens of millions of dollars for the taxpayers over the next 50 years.” Whelan said he will spend the next two months to get the legislation passed that is needed for the partnership.

Whelan said Leibowitz called to congratulate him. “We are friends and we will get together for coffee tomorrow,” Whelan said. He said Leibowitz’s ideas are important in his district, and he wants to hear his priorities.

Yarmouth will keep its delegate to the Barnstable County Assembly. Suzanne McAuliffe easily defeated Joy Glynn for the seat, 7,578 to 2,468. In Dennis, John Ohman was reelected and in Barnstable Patrick Princi was reelected, both without opposition.

In the race for Congress, Mid-Cape voters followed a district-wide trend and supported Democrat William Keating. He defeated his Republican challenger Peter Tedeschi by a wide margin in the district that stretches from the Cape and Islands to Quincy.

“We’re going to work to protect basic core beliefs and our health care rights,” Keating told supporters in Hyannis. “We’re going to make sure that we keep this going.”

Results in the county commissioner’s race were still being counted Wednesday morning. But in Barnstable, Leo Cakounes won 53 percent over Ronald Bergstrom’s 46 percent.

Susan Vaughan also contributed to this report.

Read the article here.