Barnstable County Commissioner Candidate Forum on June 17

The three Democratic candidates for the Barnstable County Commission participated in virtual forum on June 17. They are running in the September primary, with the two primary winners vying for two County Commission seats in the November general election.  As many of you know, our own Mary Pat Flynn has decided not to seek reelection to the Commission.  We hope to keep her seat blue while replacing current Commission member who is a Trumpian.

The candidates answered numerous Cape related questions concerning: affordable housing, hospitals and health centers, civic engagement, women’s rights and services, forms of county government and whether change is needed on the Cape, policing and climate change.  Left Click on the each candidates name below to find out more information.

cheryl-andrewsDr. Cheryl Andrews served on the Select Board in Provincetown for 15 years. She was also the town’s representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates and served on the Provincetown Board of Health and Housing Authority and was a member of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative. Dr. Andrews, DMD, practices General Dentistry in Provincetown.

mark-forestMark Forest is a Yarmouth Selectman and teaches American Government and International Relations at Cape Cod Community College. He is Chairman of the Cape Cod Conservation District which secures federal funding to restore Cape Cod’s salt marshes, shellfish and fisheries resources in towns all across Cape Cod. He previously served as aide to the two former Cape District Congressman, Gerry Studds and Bill Delahunt.

shelia-lyonsSheila Lyons served two terms as a Barnstable County Commissioner from 2008 to 2016, as well as two terms on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates representing Wellfleet. She is currently a health care specialist at Outer Cape Health Services, where she helps clients navigate health insurance and MassHealth issues.

The featured guest speaker, Quentin Palfrey, Chair Voter Protection Corps, discussed efforts to implement safe, secure, and voter protected elections.  Mr. Palfrey was the Democratic Party nominee for Lt. Governor in 2018.

Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) submitted a House Resolution “Condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country.” The FDTC members voted to endorse the  resolution (NOTE:Left click on “resolution” to see text). A letter was sent to Congressman Keating urging him to Cosponsor the House Resolution.

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