Bourne Selectman To Kick Off Campaign For 3rd Barnstable District Tonight

Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton

Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton

BUZZARDS BAY – A campaign kickoff event is planned tonight for a Bourne selectman who is seeking the 3rd Barnstable State Representative seat.

Michael Blanton will formally kick off his campaign tonight with a kickoff party from 5-7 pm at Mezza Luna Restaurant in Buzzards Bay. The event, Blanton says, will be an opportunity to talk about priorities facing the district, which includes Bourne, Falmouth, and Mashpee.

Blanton is the second Democrat to announce a run. He joins Matt Patrick of Falmouth, who lost the seat in 2010 to Republican David Vieira, who is running for re-election.

Blanton says his longstanding involvement with Cape Cod issues provides him with the knowledge for serving the needs of area residents.

The experience I have gained by representing the people on a town and county level over many years has prepared me to deliver innovative solutions to Beacon Hill,” said Blanton.

He previously served as Bourne’s representative to the Cape Cod Commission for eight years and was an elected member to the Bourne Housing Authority.

Blanton, who works are a real estate broker, has also been involved in various civic organizations within Bourne. He was a press and media assistant to Sen. John Kerry in the mid-1990’s.

“I grew up in this area, attended Bourne schools, started a real estate career in Mashpee, and taught hands-on marine science in Woods Hole for many summer seasons,” Blanton said.

He graduated from Bourne High School in 1986, attended Cape Cod Community College and received a B.A in International Relations from Dartmouth College.

By MATT McCARTHY and MATT PITTA, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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