STATE HOUSE NEWS: TOWN COUNCILOR CHALLENGING HOUSE DEM FROM BARNSTABLE

In the March 14th edition of State House News:  State Rep. Brian Mannal, a Barnstable Democrat who survived a stiff challenge for re-election two years ago, will face a Republican opponent this fall who is mounting a second campaign for state representative.

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Monday, March 14, 2016

Matt Murphy

TOWN COUNCILOR CHALLENGING HOUSE DEM FROM BARNSTABLE

State Rep. Brian Mannal, a Barnstable Democrat who survived a stiff challenge for re-election two years ago, will face a Republican opponent this fall who is mounting a second campaign for state representative. William Crocker, a 59-year-old Barnstable town councilor, will kick off his campaign Tuesday night at Alberto's Ristorante in Hyannis where First Lady Lauren Baker is expected to help Crocker jumpstart his challenge to Mannal, a second-term incumbent. Mannal narrowly won an ugly re-election campaign against Republican Adam Chaprales in 2014 that included the Democrat filing a criminal complaint against a conservative political action committee for the use of mailers that he claimed deliberately distorted his record. Mannal entered this election year with just $1,579 in his campaign account, potentially making him a vulnerable target for the MassGOP. Crocker's wife Judy Crocker is a member of the Republican State Committee, and recently won reelection to that post with the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Baker. Crocker, who attended Cape Cod Community College before getting his degree in journalism from the University of Maine, worked for many years as a local radio reporter and now teaches inmates at the Bristol County House of Correction. He ran and lost a House race in 2006 to former Rep. Demetrius Atsalis. Crocker has a roster of elected officials from Cape Cod and criminal justice communities serving as hosts for his kick-off event and fundraiser, including Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings, Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz, and Sen. Vinny deMacedo.