“I strongly support Mark Forest for County Commissioner because he will bring a wealth of experience, new ideas, and new energy to County government” said State Representative Sarah Peake from the 4th Barnstable District, according to a release from the Forest campaign today.
“I worked closely with Mark Forest when I was a Selectman in Provincetown and now as a State Representative. I know firsthand what a hard worker Mark is and how he brings a creative "outside the box" approach to problem solving," said Peake. When he worked in the Town Manager’s office, Mark helped solve the town’s financial crisis, protect its water supplies and rebuild MacMillan Wharf.
Peake also worked with Mark Forest when he served as a co-chairman of the Cape Cod Public Transit Task Force, which developed the plan for the “Flex Bus” which now serves the lower Cape. Forest helped secure federal funding, while Peake played a key role in securing the ongoing state funds for the new service.
Peake also noted Forest’s work as a founding director of the Community Development Partnership, which promotes economic development and affordable housing on Cape Cod, the successful rescue of Highland Light and Nauset Light, restoring full status to Coast Guard stations in Chatham and Provincetown and securing long term dredging funds for Aunt Lydia’s Cove, home of Chatham’s fishing fleet.
“The experience Mark Forest brings to the office together with his strong consensus building skills will be of enormous help in resolving the county’s fiscal problems and in addressing many of the issues facing Cape Cod,” said Peake. “His tireless work for a healthy environment and strong economy will make him an outstanding Barnstable County Commissioner.”