Selectman Sean Summers of Chatham today issued this endorsement of Andy Buckley for the Republican nomination for State Representative for the 4th Barnstable District:
"As a Chatham Selectman and a Republican, I want to remind the voters of a very important political event taking place on Tuesday, September 19. This is the Republican Primary election for State Representative.
"The Honorable Shirley Gomes has served our district, stretching from Harwich to Provincetown, with dedication and distinction for many years. But she has decided not to seek re-election. This has traditionally been a Republican-held seat and it is very important that we continue to hold it.
"One of Chatham’s native sons is running as a candidate to fill this position. I have known Andy Buckley for several years. He is an extremely bright and capable person who has a keen grasp of the issues that our district will be facing in the coming years.
"I have often consulted with him in matters relating to our own community and he has proven to me to be someone who is decisive and unafraid to carry a firm fiscal conservatism to the State House where it is so desperately needed. I am also convinced that in terms of public service and in particular constituent service, Andy will have no equal.
"This is an important election. The State House is massively imbalanced with a super-majority of Democrats holding most of the seats. The Republican Party must hold this seat and it can be done only by showing up and voting for the only Republican on the ballot who has a history as a Selectmen who balances budgets and shows firm leadership qualities.
"Therefore, it is with great pride that I formally announce my endorsement of Andy Buckley for the Republican nomination for State Representative for the Lower and Outer Cape."
Summers was recently re-elected to the Board of Selectman in May 2006.