Plymouth Republican announces for 9th District race

Chris Sheldon will try to replace Congressman Bill Keating in new 9th District

Plymouth businessman, derivative analyst, will announce March 20th

By Walter Brooks

I am very concerned about the direction of our country, and especially our economy."
           - Christopher Sheldon.
He was a member of the Plymouth County Charter Committee and an active supporter of former Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Scott Brown attending the Senator's kick-off at Worcester's Mechanics Hall this week, and now Christopher Shedon wants to be your new Congressman.

If he wins the GOP Primary September 6 and goes on to win the General Election on two months later, he will become the state's only Republican Congressman.

On the Democrat side so far former Mayor of New Bedford Scott W. Lang, State Senator Mark Montigny, former State Senator Robert O'Leary, and Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter, have also said they might try to take the Democratic nomination away from incumbent Bill Keating, while Will Flanagan, the Mayor of Fall River, and Therese Murray, the President of the Massachusetts Senate, will not run.

According to published reports, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz may seek the Republican nomination as well, but State Representative Vinny deMacedo, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson and former State Representative Jeff Perry, who unsuccessfully challenged Keating as the Republican nominee in the 10th District in 2010, will not run.

Sheldon or Cruz victorywould end 40-year Democrat reign

Sheldon has been hitting all the right GOP events lately, and even seems to have a new lady in his life, all the ingredients required of a candidate these days. But mostly it is assumed he and other Republicans believe the new 9th "Coastal District" gives conservatives a better shot at what has been a Democratic seat since Hastings Keith retired and Gerry Studds took over in 1973.

One of Sheldon's Twitter posts says he is opposed to the meals tax in Plymouth, and he says "He's fighting for jobs, lower taxes and our small businesses."

Voters who wish to help his campaign can visit him on Facebook and Twitter or say "hi" at the Plymouth County GOP's 3rd annual Recognition Breakfast at the Monponsett Inn in Halifax on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The complete Press Release is below:

Christopher Sheldon forms Congressional Campaign Committee

Will Run as a Republican in the Massachusetts 9th Congressional District

Chris Sheldon with Michelle Clark at a recent event.PLYMOUTH, Ma - Area businessman, management consultant and Plymouth County Charter Study Commissioner, Christopher Sheldon is proud to announce the formation of the Sheldon for Congress campaign committee. Mr. Sheldon confirmed the formation of the committee, and his status as an official candidate in the Massachusetts 9th Congressional District, Monday evening on WATD’s “Monday Night Talk” with State Senator Bob Hedlund. As a result of the 2010 redistricting process, the newly formed 9th Congressional District is composed of 45 cities and towns including the Southeastern part of Plymouth County, the South Coast from Wareham through New Bedford including Dartmouth and parts of Fall River, as well as Cape Cod and the Islands.   

When asked (off-air) why he wants to run for Congress, Mr. Sheldon stated, “Like many from the South Shore, South Coast, Cape and Islands, I am very concerned about the direction of our country, and especially our economy. I believe in the American dream and I believe that, if we start now, there is still time to get our nation back on track.

To accomplish this, however, we will need new people and a new way of thinking. If I may paraphrase Einstein, “the challenges our country faces will not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Right now, there are simply too many professional politicians, too much partisan bickering, and not enough real people in Washington D.C. with real world experience.

What I want, and what I think this district wants, is a Congressman with firsthand experience in business and economics, that understands the impact this tough economy has had on regular folks, and that is willing to go down to Washington D.C. with only one thing on their agenda – lay down the partisan politics and do whatever it takes to fix our nation’s economy and get this district back to work.”

A formal announcement of his candidacy, as well as a campaign kick-off event, is tentatively scheduled for March 20th in Mr. Sheldon’s home town of Plymouth. Details will be released to the press prior to the event.

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