Candidates for Barnstable County Commissioner Participate in Forum

barnstable county symbolDENNIS PORT – The League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod area hosted a Barnstable County Commissioner’s Candidate’s Forum on Friday.

The forum was held at the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennis Port and covered a number of topics, including the opioid epidemic and the county’s relationship with the Town of Barnstable.

Linda Bond, a Republican candidate for Barnstable County Commissioner, explained what she thought the role of commissioner should be.

“I feel that the County Commissioner position is not political, but that it’s management, and it’s managing a budget, you’re managing that money that oversees all our great programs that are of value to all 15 towns on the Cape,” said Bond.

Ron Beaty, a Republican candidate for Barnstable County Commissioner, said that he believes in county government.

“Barnstable County government, structurally, is fine just the way it is,” said Beaty. “Barnstable County government has been around since 1685 and for obvious reasons, it works.”

Mark Forest, a Democratic candidate for Barnstable County Commissioner, added that he’s ready to get to work for the county government.

“I think we have a lot of work to do there, I have a lot of ideas and I’m looking forward to putting them to work,” said Forest.

Mary Pat Flynn is running for re-election for Barnstable County Commissioner and said that she knows what the county needs to do.

“We won’t be effective unless we reach the people who live here because those are the people we serve,” said Flynn.

There are two seats up for grabs for county commission as Sheila Lyons vacated her seat to run Cape and Islands State Senate.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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