To the Editor:
The vitality of the Democratic Party on Cape Cod is evidenced by the upcoming primary election for State Representative on September 19. Three qualified Democrats are running and are actively engaged in highly visible campaigns.
This endorsement letter represents our careful consideration of all three candidates, their backgrounds, public records (particularly in human services), elect-ability and their ability to develop broad-based community support. We are endorsing Ron Bergstrom, Chatham Selectman, for State Representative, 4th Barnstable District, and urge your consideration of him for your vote.
Ron represents that unique blend of a traditional Lower Cape background, with a record of progressive thinking and policy implementations. He has lived on the Cape for over thirty years, working as a shellfisherman. His ties to our historic base are strong, and he continues to work for those issues – recently traveling to Washington to represent concerns of the fishing community. His record as Chatham selectman in developing affordable housing has earned him the support of many Chatham affordable housing advocates. He has strongly supported the new FLEX bus system as an Advisory Board member of the Regional Transit Authority, and he pledges to commute to the State House, when elected, by train from Kingston! Ron supports a universal single payer system of health care, and is supporting current state & Cape efforts to provide health care for all.
In the environmental arena, as a Chatham selectman, Ron served as the Chatham Selectman liaison to the Pleasant Bay Alliance, and was a strong advocate for the Land Bank Legislation and of the Community Preservation Act. He is a member of the Barnstable County Blue Ribbon Panel on Wastewater Management, and was a former member of the Cape Cod Commission. His position on social issues is clear and has been consistent over the years: Ron is pro-choice; believes in the separation of church and state; opposes capital punishment; opposes any form of discrimination based on gender, race, religion or sexual preference; and will oppose any attempt to ban same sex marriage or any effort to overturn the State Supreme Court decision.
As a candidate with broadly based experience, rooted in strong and historic Lower Cape connections, and with a proven ability of bringing together our unique & diverse community in order to solve problems, Ron Bergstrom is a winning candidate for State Representative for the 4th Barnstable District. Please join us in voting for him on September 19th!
Len Stewart, Harwich
Mary Lou Petitt, Eastham