BARNSTABLE – Ronald Beaty lost his third election for the month this week and one day later, he has filed a complaint with state and town election officials.
On Tuesday, Beaty, who lives in West Barnstable, lost his run for a seat on the Barnstable Old King’s Highway Historic District Committee to the committee’s alternate Paul Richard of Cummaquid by a vote of 216 to 15.
The election, which was for residents of the district, took place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night at the West Barnstable Community Building on Route 149.
Beaty wrote a letter to Barnstable Town Clerk Ann Quirk and copied the Secretary of State’s Election Division that referenced a number of what he saw as violations of state election laws that took place during the Old King’s Highway Committee election. He stated in the letter that he was not challenging the results of the election.
Beaty, who calls himself a Tea Party candidate, has been a controversial presence in local elections because of his criminal background which includes jail time for threatening public officials. In recent years, he has been vocal in his opposition to elements of county government, seeking to take regulatory power away from the Cape Cod Commission, among other efforts.
On Election Day in early November, Beaty lost his bids for state senate to the incumbent Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf and his bid for the Assembly of Delegates to the Barnstable representative on the county’s legislative body, Patrick Princi.