Patrick and Peake in the Barnstable 3rd and 4th

Editorial Endorsements

Matt Patrick for Barnstable 3rd District State Representative


Matt Patrick is a classic humanist akin to his two admirers Mike Dukakas and George McGovern who attended a fundraiser for him in 2007.

People will criticize Cape Wind's price but will forget that the Mirant plant was adding millions to our electric bills when it was operating as the worst polluter in the state.

Matt Patrick sure had a helluva time getting elected the first time around. What with a recount and legal challenges. The kind of stuff you expect from a gerrymandered district. An orphan district really, comprised of precincts left over after the last redistricting.

Patrick represents not only the liberal bastions of Falmouth but also the conservative strongholds of Barnstable. An early backer of Cape Wind, it hurt him early in places like Osterville. But after almost a decade of approvals, the project today has as many backers as detractors in the district.

He not only extols the benefits of renewable energy, but warns of thedangers (pollution and safety) from power plants. People will criticize Cape Wind’sprice but will forget that the Mirant plant was adding millions to our electricbills when it was operating as the worst polluter in the state, and Pilgrim Nucleardistributes iodine tablets to our school children.

Patrick has managed to get re-elected three times since, even winning the precincts that would be most likely to vote for someone else, because he actually cares about the people in his district.

Despite these parochial interests, Patrick has managed to craft his own profile in courage. Especially when bucking the leadership within his own party with calls for greater transparency. Had the Speakers listened to him then, fewer would have been indicted.

Patrick met his wife when they were both in the Peace Corps in Africa, and he continued his good work here when he helped found the Cape Light Compact. Matt Patrick will always vote his conscience, and conviction. He deserves his constituents continued support.

Sarah Peake for Barnstable 4th District State Representative


Sarah Peake addressing students of Harwich High School this week. Photo courtesy of John Dickson.

Whether it's protecting the tourism industry or saving the fishing industry, Peake will roll up her sleeves and fight for her constituents.

As soon as the Lower Cape district shed its Republican mantel in 2006, goods things started to happen. Sarah Peake was a breath of fresh air, openly advocating for the social change that mattered most to her constituents. Speaking for the rights of all individuals.

Free from the minority party's yoke on her predecessor, she was able to pursue and deliver social service programs in her district as a member of the majority. She soon was  considered a rising star, and very early in her legislative career has entered the ranks of leadership.

Whether it's protecting the tourism industry or saving the fishing industry, Peake will roll up her sleeves and fight for her constituents. Sarah Peake's self confidence will take her far in the halls of power, benefiting her district every step along the way.

Courage and confidence define these two opposite ends of the Cape. Their communities share similar characteristics. And so do their representatives. Courage to speak their mind, despite the political cost. Confidence that they will be heard, despite the prevailing winds. We admire that.

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