Sunday Journal: State Senator Dan Wolf from August 17th, 2014

candidates wolfWe begin our coverage of the Primary Election on September 9 by giving you a visit with all the candidates in local contested races.

This week it is the State Senate race for the Cape and Islands District. We talk to the incumbent State Senator Dan Wolf about his accomplishments in office.

Here is biographical information from Wolf’s campaign website:

Dan Wolf is the two-term State Senator from the Cape and Islands, which stretches from Provincetown across 11 Cape towns to Barnstable and including the islands of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Gosnold.

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He was first elected in November 2010, after his first campaign and was re-elected in November 2012. This is his first elected position.

Wolf’s family roots are in Philadelphia. He came to the Cape in his first year of life, and grew up summering along the shores of Pleasant Bay. His father is a business entrepreneur, and his mother is a professor of American history. Wolf attended Germantown Friends School for 13 years.

After graduating from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Wolf earned his private pilot license at the Chatham Municipal Airport and then his commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates while in Hyannis. After working as a community and union organizer in the Boston area, he returned to the Cape in the mid-1980s to manage the Chatham Municipal Airport, where he worked as a flight instructor and aircraft mechanic.

In 1988, Wolf and a handful of others founded what would become Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines. They began with one airplane, and one route – Provincetown to Boston. Twenty-five years later, Cape Air is one of the largest independent regional airlines in the country, with service in regions as diverse as Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, upstate New York, and Guam. Cape Air employs more than 1,000 people, one of the largest employers in the region. Headquarters remain in Hyannis.

In his first two terms, Dan has served as co-Chair of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

Wolf and his wife Heidi Schuetz have lived in the same house in Harwich for more than 25 years, raising three daughters. All three graduated from Nauset Regional High School.

Here is a 17-minute interview with State Senator Dan Wolf: