Gov. Baker Helps Local Republican Candidates Campaign Door-to-Door

Gov.Baker & Local Republican Candidates visit Monomoy Circle, Centerville

Gov.Baker & Local Republican Candidates visit Monomoy Circle, Centerville
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CENTERVILLE – A handful of Republicans running for local offices campaigned door-to-door in Centerville Thursday morning, accompanied by Governor Charlie Baker.

Baker spent the morning talking with voters at homes on Monomoy Circle and expressing his support for state representative candidate Will Crocker, Cape and Islands State Senate candidate Anthony Schiavi, Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings and Linda Bond, a candidate for Barnstable County Commissioner.

Baker said he is a big fan of all of the candidates.

“I just wanted to come down and show my support for all four of them, but especially for the three challengers, who I think are terrific candidates – hugely qualified,” Baker said.

He believes Crocker and Schiavi’s experience in local government is a good reason to have them in the state legisilature.

“The ability that that gives you to really understand what’s going on in the ground and the communities you represent, and to remember where you came from and who put you there, is quite real,” Baker said. “And there is a certain accountability that comes with being in local government that I admire and appreciate as well.”

Crocker said he was happy to have the governor knocking on doors and showing support.

“It’s great,” Crocker said. “It just shows how much he believes in our campaign and what I’m trying to do.”

Schiavi said it meant a lot to have the Governor here this close to the election.

“It’s really heartwarming to me to have that kind of support from our governor,” Schiavi said.

Baker said Cummings is running on such a strong track record.

“He was one of the first sheriff’s to create kind of an interagency and intercommunity drug taskforce which he started a long time ago,” Baker said.

Baker credited the work Cummings has done to help inmates deal with addiction while incarcerated and to have a support system for when they leave.

“He’s been a very forward looking and very creative and imaginative sheriff and he deserves to be re-elected – period,” Baker said.

Baker added that he has known Bond, whoowns and runs a home cleaning business on the mid-Cape and is a substitute teacher in the Dennis-Yarmouth school district, for years.

“She’s just a straight shooter, solid citizen who I think would be a real asset to the people of the Cape,” he said.

Bond, fellow republican Ron Beaty and democrats Mark Forest and incumbent Mary Pat Flynn are running for two Barnstable County Commissioner seats.

Crocker faces democrat Aaron Kanzer in the 2nd Barnstable State Representative race. Current state rep Brian Mannal is not seeking re-election.

In the Cape and Islands State Senate race, Schiavi faces democrat Julian Cyr. State Senator Dan Wolf is not running for re-election.

And Cummings faces a challenge for Barnstable County Sheriff from democrat Randy Azzato.

Friday is the last day for early voting in the state ahead of Election Day on Tuesday.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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