VOTING ON ELECTION DAY ON NOVEMBER 4TH.
The Chatham Republican Town Committee has sent a postcard with a set of recommendations to every voting household in Chatham with "It's time for a change!" on the address side of the card. It is hoped that there are plenty of independents and Democrats as well as Republicans who are so dismayed about the messes in Washington and the corruption and incompetence on Beacon Hill that they are in fact ready to vote for a new team of leaders. It so happens that this year Republicans have fielded the most outstanding statewide team in years if not decades.
We have met many of the candidates and have got to know all of them well. In all but one race (Secretary), the Republican has superior credentials and experience for the job he or she seeks. We are proud to recommend all of them, even the candidate for Secretary, who will bring more openness and transparency to the office. You can learn more about them by going to the column to the right and scrolling down to the heading "Links.' Each name leads to the corresponding website.
And, of course, we are especially proud of our own John Chapman and enthusiastically support him for becoming the next Congressman from the 9th Congressional District. It will be a boon for all of Massachusetts when John wins, because then the Commonwealth will have a voice in the majority party that runs the business of the House and sets its priorities. His website is also under "Links" in the right column.
District Attorney Michael O'Keefe is running for re-election and he has our strong support.
Finally, we strongly urge a vote for Republican Leo Cakounes for Barnstable County Commissioner. Leo is a cranberry farmer who has spent the past six years serving in the county Assembly of Delegates. Leo is deeply knowledgeable about the challenges, possibilities and problems facing the county. Leo knows the value of a dollar and will be looking out for the taxpayers. This is a partisan election. Leo seeks to fill the seat being vacated by the retiring Republican. Leo would join the two Democrats who hold the other two seats. The commissioners have more direct impact on your life and taxes than you realize.
A copy of that postcard is set forth here:
There is one unusual recommendation, that of a write-in candidate for the state senate seat of the Cape & Islands District. We do not recommend or support the official Republican candidate Ronald R. Beaty Jr, whose election in the primary, in our opinion, was tainted, enabled in part at least by election fraud. We believe his past and present behavior does not commend him for the job. It also seems clear to us that many voting in the Republican primary were probably unaware of his conviction and sentencing to federal prison for threatening to murder President George H.W. Bush and others. Beaty's notoriety made the October 15th issue of Esquire Magazine, where amazement was expressed that he won the primary election.
Instead, we recommend a write-in vote for Allen Waters, a conservative Republican, who made his first run for public office and lost to Beaty in the tainted primary. Allen is a conservative family man who knows the challenges middle class families face working and living on the Cape. He would be a superb addition to the Republican membership in the House.
As for the four ballot questions, our recommendations, easy to remember, are
YES NO YES NO.
#1 Vote YES to repeal the automatic gas tax hikes; legislators should be accountable for each and every tax they want to go up.
#2 Vote NO because the same automatic tax increase is built into this bottle tax bill.
#3 Vote YES if you want to stop the casinos that will prey on the vulnerable. Vote NO if you believe the jobs created are worth it. Charlie Baker says that if YES wins he will, if elected, file special legislation for ONE casino in the Springfield area, which is in a deeply depressed economic state.
#4 Vote NO to stop the state from forcing private businesses small and large to grant paid sick leave to employees, regardless of their financial circumstances. NO to more government intrusion.
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