Your Guide to the 2014 General Election

CapeCod.com has interviewed candidates in advance of the Massachusetts General Election on November 4. Read about them and listen to interviews with them below.Election

First Barnstable District

With the retirement of State Representative Cleon Turner, a Democrat from Brewster, two candidates are running for the open seat in the First Barnstable District.

The district includes part of the towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth and Brewster and all of the Town of Dennis.

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whelan headshotOn the Republican side, there is retired state police officer Tim Whelan of Brewster.

zawadzkas headshotOn the Democrat side is attorney Elisa Zawadzkas of Dennis.

To hear a debate between the two candidates, click here.

To hear individual interviews with the candidates, click here.

Second Barnstable District

State Representative Brian Mannal, a Democrat who represents the Second Barnstable District, is being challenged by Adam Chaprales, a Republican, in the general election on November 4.

The district includes most of the Town of Barnstable plus two precincts in the Town of Yarmouth.

mannal headshotFor an interview with Brian Mannal, click here.

chaprales headshotFor an interview with Adam Chaprales, click here.

Fifth Barnstable District

State Representative Randy Hunt, a Republican who represents the Fifth Barnstable District, is being challenged by Matt Terry, a Democrat, in the general election on November 4.

The district includes the Town of Sandwich and parts of Bourne, Barnstable and Plymouth.

Randy HuntFor an interview with Randy Hunt, click here.

Matt TerryFor an interview with Matt Terry, click here.

Cape & Islands District Attorney

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe is being challenged by attorney Rick Barry of Cotuit.

O'KeefeFor an interview with Michael O’Keefe, click here.

sunday journal barry headshotFor an interview with Rick Barry, click here.

County Commissioner

With the retirement of longtime Barnstable County Commissioner Bill Doherty, there is an open seat on the three-person County Commission. Republican Leo Cakounes of Harwich and Democrat Mark Forest of Yarmouth are running for the seat. The County Commission is the executive branch of county government.

Cakounes headshotFor an interview with Leo Cakounes, click here.

mark forest headshotFor an interview with Mark Forest, click here.

State Senator, Plymouth & Barnstable District

State Representative Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth, a Republican, is running against Democrat Matthew Patrick of Falmouth, a former state representative for the seat of retiring State Senate President Therese Murray. The district includes Falmouth, Sandwich and Bourne on Cape and Plymouth, Kingston, and Pembroke off Cape.

Vinny deMacedoFor an interview with Republican State Representative Vinny deMacedo, click here.

Matthew PatrickFor an interview with Democrat Matthew Patrick, click here.

heather mullins3For an interview with Libertarian Heather Mullins, click here.

State Senator, Cape & Islands District

State Senator Dan Wolf of Harwich, a Democrat, is being challenged by Ron Beaty of West Barnstable, who calls himself the Tea Party candidate.

Dan wolf 1For an interview with Democratic State Senator Dan Wolf, click here.

candidates beaty headshotFor an interview with Republican candidate Ron Beaty, click here.

Ninth Congressional District

US Congressman William KeatingOn the Democratic side, incumbent US Congressman William Keating is seeking to hold onto his seat.

candidates chapman headshotOn the Republican side, Chatham lawyer John Chapman is challenging him as the winner of a closely fought Republican primary.

Read about the candidates and listen to the interviews with both candidates here.

Governor of Massachusetts

Charlie BakerRepublican businessman Charlie Baker is facing Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley in the General Election ballot on November 4.

Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley

Read about the candidates and listen to the interviews with both candidates here.

Ballot Questions 2014: Pro & Con

Question 1: Eliminate Gas Tax Indexing

John WarginBallot Question 1 on the November 4 election ballot would repeal gas tax indexing. retiree John Wargin of Barnstable Village, who has helped campaign on behalf of the question, speaks in favor of the ballot question. Listen here.

Wendy NorthcrossSpeaking against Ballot Question 1, to eliminate gas tax indexing is Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, whose board voted their position. Listen here.

Question 2: Expanding Bottle Bill

Richard Elrick is a proponent of expanding the bottle bill.Ballot Question 2 on the November 4 election ballot would expand the beverage container deposit law known as the Bottle Bill. Richard Elrick, energy coordinator for the towns of Bourne and Barnstable, speaks in favor of the bill. Listen here.

Pepsico Admits That Aquafina Water Comes From TapSpeaking against Ballot Question 2 to expand the Bottle Bill is Nicole Giambusso, spokesperson for the No on Question 2 Stop Forced Deposits Committee. Listen here.

 

Question 3: Prohibit Casinos

Tourism Industry Still Struggles One Year After KatrinaQuestion 3 on the November 4, 2014 election ballot would repeal new legislation allowing casinos in the commonwealth. John Ribero is chairman of the Repeal the Casino Deal Committee, which collected signatures to put the question on the ballot. Listen here.

Clyde BarrowClyde Barrow, former director of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis, speaks about the benefits of casino gambling for the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Listen here.

 

Question 4: Earned Sick Time

Devin ArmstrongQuestion 4 on the November 4, 2014 election ballot would grant earned sick time to all employees in the commonwealth. Devin Armstrong, regional field director of Raise Up Mass, speaks in favor of the issue. Listen here.

Bill VernonBill Vernon, state director for the National Federation for Independent Business, speaks against Ballot Question 4, which would grant earned sick time to employees. Listen here.