BARNSTABLE -The morning after the 2014 election, results are in for the local races. Big wins include two Republicans replacing Democrats in the Cape’s legislative delegation. Those wins mean the Cape delegation is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats for the first time in decades.
Tim Whelan of Brewster and Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth are new members of the Cape delegation, as state representative in the First District and State Senator in the Plymouth and Barnstable District, respectively.
Brian Mannal, a Democrat facing a hotly contested race, kept his state representative seat in the Second Barnstable District.
Mannal beat challenger Adam Chaprales, a Republican.
Mannal won the race by 205 votes out of 15,377 cast.
Both men live in the village of Centerville. The district covers most of the Town of Barnstable plus two precincts in Yarmouth.
The race turned bitter early on as an out of town Political Action Committee send out attack mailers against Mannal. Mannal and his wife, Sara Mannal, showed up at Chaprales’s home while canvassing neighborhoods for votes. Chaprales called the police to report the incident.
Mannal said the PAC misrepresented his stands and he filed legal action against it in Barnstable District Court.
Wins were declared for the incumbent State Representative Randy Hunt in the Fifth District and Vinny deMacedo in the State Senate Plymouth and Barnstable District.
State Representative Randy Hunt of Sandwich overcame a challenge by Democrat Matt Terry.
The district covers all of the Town of Sandwich, plus precincts in Barnstable, Bourne, and Plymouth.
Randy Hunt is one of only two certified public accountants on Beacon Hill. His focus in recent years has been on the opiate abuse epidemic. He has been advocating for treatment rather than jail time for offenders.
DeMacedo of Plymouth won the race to replace retiring State Senate President Therese Murray of Plymouth, switching a longtime Democratic seat into a Republican seat.
DeMacedo has held his house seat for 12 years. He runs a gas station in Cedarville and part of his method of connecting with voters is pumping gas in the mornings for customers at his station.
Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe kept his seat despite a challenge from Richard Barry, an attorney from Cotuit.
O’Keefe had served as District Attorney for 10 years and has worked in the office for 20 years. Rick Barry was the first candidate to challenge O’Keefe since the district attorney was first elected.
In the closely watched race for Barnstable’s First District, Republican Tim Whelan won election over Democrat Elisa Zawadzkas. The two were running to fill the open seat left by State Representative Cleon Turner, a Democrat.
The district includes all of the Town of Dennis plus precincts in Brewster, Yarmouth and Barnstable.
Whelan, who lives in the Town of Brewster, is a former state trooper.
In the race for the US Congress Ninth Congressional seat, the incumbent William Keating was able to prevail over an aggressive race by Republican challenger John Chapman.
Keating has served on the Foreign Relations Committee on Capital Hill and spent time investigating failures in the investigatory functions of government that led to the Boston Marathon Bombing.
State Senator Dan Wolf held onto his seat in his race against the self-described Tea Party Republican Ron Beaty.
The district stretches from Mashpee to Provincetown and includes Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
In the race for county commissioner, the finals came down to late results from the Town of Harwich, hometown of Leo Cakounes. Cakounes, a farmer who has served as the Harwich representative on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates pulled off the win over Mark Forest of Yarmouth, the longtime political aide who has worked for US Congressman William Delahunt and before him Congressman Gerry Studds.