Sunday Journal: Candidates for State Representative in the First Barnstable District

Among the contested races for the November 4 General Election is the First Barnstable District.

The district includes parts of the Towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth and Brewster and all of Dennis.

Republican Tim Whelan of Brewster is running against Democrat Elisa Zawadzkas of Dennis.

Tim Whelan

Tim Whelan

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Tim Whelan, Republican

The following is information provided by the candidate:

Tim Whelan a resident of Brewster where he lives with his wife Lisa and their two daughters Maggie and Katie, who are both college students. He is a self-employed Motor Carrier Safety and Compliance consultant.  Prior to this Whelan served as a Sergeant with the Massachusetts State Police, most recently assigned as a shift commander at the South Yarmouth State Police Barracks.

Prior to his service with the State Police, Tim served as a Correctional Officer with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves having graduated MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina in 1989.

He has been a girl’s basketball coach at Nauset Regional High School and in the Cape Cod Waves AAU program.

Here is a 10-minute interview with Tim Whelan:

Elisa Zawadzkas

Elisa Zawadzkas

Elisa Zawadzkas, Democrat

The following is information provided by the candidate:

Elisa Zawadzkas grew up in Orleans, where she lived since the age of five. She graduate from College of the Holy Cross (’02) and earned a law degree from New England School of Law (’05).

Zawadzkas attended the Nauset school system until her junior year when she attended Deerfield Academy. Her mother taught culinary arts at Nauset Regional High School for 24 years. At Holy Cross, Zawadzkas played on the Division 1 Women’s Basketball team, on which she served as tri-captain her senior year. The team qualified for the NCAA tournament three times.

For 7 years, Zawadzkas has worked as a partner with her father at the Law Offices of Michael A. Zawadzkas in Orleans. Her father has built and managed a law practice in Orleans for 28 years. Her practice focuses primarily on criminal defense and family law in Massachusetts and Federal Court.  She is also a member of the Committee of Public Counsel Services (CPCS) where she represents indigent clients.

Zawadzkas has sat on the Executive Committee for the Barnstable County Bar Association for the past four years and currently serves as the clerk and the chair of the social committee. She also belongs to the Cape & Islands Committee for the Women’s Bar Association.

Throughout her career Zawadzkas has regularly done pro bono work.  She volunteers at WE CAN and rode the Last Gasp 62 mile bike race on behalf of the organization this past summer. She takes pro bono cases from Women’s Bar Foundation, which pairs her with indigent clients who have experienced domestic violence.  She also participates in the Lawyer of the Day Program and Conciliation Program at the Barnstable Probate and Family Court.

She has been a homeowner in West Dennis since 2007.  In Dennis she has sat on the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2008.   She is an active member of the Cape Cod Young Professionals and the Holy Cross Club of Cape Cod, on which she has served as a board member.

Here is a 10-minute interview with Elisa Zawadzkas: