To the Editor:
It is a great honor to serve the citizens of the 1st Barnstable District these past four years and I write today to ask for your vote so I may continue to serve you for another term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. I have endeavored these past four years to represent you and our legislative district with honor and decency, and to show you not only my strong work ethic, but my willingness to listen and to work across party lines to solve problems facing our local residents. I believe the results of my hard work and bi-partisan cooperation speak for themselves.
We have seen many successes over the past four years, from the work local officials and I undertook to get the best out of the re-paving work on Route 6A in Brewster and the work about to begin on the Route 28 Bass River Bridge. Through hard work with the Mass. DCR we expanded parking and secured further cottage leases for the Town of Brewster and the Friends of Crosby Mansion. We worked closely with the state Department of Housing and Community Development to secure $4 million in funding and tax incentives which enabled the construction of the Yarmouth Commons project to bring 69 units of workforce housing to our district, and another $1 million in state grants to construct safe and supportive housing in the Town of Dennis for adults on the autism spectrum. We have also worked closely with residents in the Blish Point/Commerce Road section of Barnstable to help give them a voice and seek fixes to the terrible flooding issues that effect their neighborhood. This is just a partial list, but it is amazing what you can accomplish through hard work, strong relationships, and bringing people together. Bi-partisan cooperation works.
Over these past four years I have been blessed to forge those strong relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle, and to work cooperatively with my colleagues in the Cape & Islands delegation to advance causes important to our beautiful Cape Cod. Hearing your voices, I have worked tirelessly to combat the opioid epidemic- filing bipartisan legislation which was signed by Governor Baker to help stem the proliferation of synthetic opioids on our streets and in our neighborhoods. This was a priority piece of legislation that had been left undone for decades, but through close collaboration with my friend Rep. Paul Tucker (D-Salem) and others, we got it done and this new law will save lives.
My re-election has been endorsed by Governor Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Cape Cod Times, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, SEIU Local 509, the Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborer's Council, Massachusetts Coalition of Police, New England Police Benevolent Association, Professional Fie Fighters of Massachusetts, and many others.
Tuesday November 6th is election day and early voting begins on Monday October 22nd. I would be honored to have your vote. Thank you.
Timothy R. Whelan
State Representative, 1st Barnstable District