Topics: Politics

HARWICH — Voters will face a lengthy ballot when they go to the polls on Tuesday for the town's annual election. They will choose two new selectmen from the three candidates vying for those positions, and will be asked to act on 15 questions, seven relating to funding issues, seven charter amendments and one non-binding referendum relating to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The ballot is three pages long, with th...

ORLEANS — Two of the three men sitting on the stage of the Nauset Regional Middle School auditorium April 26 will be sitting as selectmen after the May 16 election. That may have explained the robust turnout for the Orleans Citizens Forum's candidates night. “We all want the best for the town,” David Currier said in his opening statement. “We need to find things we can all agree on, get those done first, and...

ORLEANS — More than 500 Cape Codders experienced a sort of therapy session April 20 for what U.S. Sen. Ed Markey called “PTSD: Post Trump Stress Disorder.” Markey and U.S. Rep. Bill Keating took the stage in the Nauset Regional Middle School auditorium with a fighting spirit and insights into the political process, including the likely bipartisan rejection of many of the president's proposed budget cuts. The...

CHATHAM — The political narrative in town has entered a new chapter, with Chatham hosting what appears to be its first political action committee. Last Wednesday, West Chatham resident Rick Leavitt registered a new PAC called the Chatham Citizens for Responsible Government with the town clerk's office. The stated purpose of the committee is “to inform Chatham voters on issues affecting the operation of local...

Howell Enters Race For A Selectman's Seat

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be a race for the two seats on the board of selectmen. Former selectman Donald Howell took out nomination papers this past week, joining former selectman Larry Ballantine and conservation commission member Rob Mador on the May annual election ballot. Ballantine and Mador have filed their nomination papers. The deadline for taking out nominations papers for positions on the annual election ...

Rob Mador Will Run For Selectman In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With little more than two weeks left to take out nomination papers for this year's annual election, conservation commission member Rob Mador has declared his candidacy for one of the two seats on the board of selectmen. With incumbents Selectmen Peter Hughes and Angelo LaMantia stating they will not seek re-election, former selectman Larry Ballantine has taken out nomination papers for one seat. Mado...

DeCosta, HECH, Honored By Harwich Dems

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — At an event newly named after President John F. Kennedy, Harwich Democrats Saturday honored local residents who embody civic and community involvement. The Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing received the James Noonan Community Service Award, and resident Debra DeCosta was honored as the Mabel Canto Democrat of the Year. The Democratic town committee renamed its annual President's Day brunc...

HARWICH PORT — It's time for like-minded Americans of all political persuasions to come together to fight the president's attacks on institutions like the judiciary, the election system and the press. That was the message from Congressman William Keating, D–9 th District, who spoke before party faithfuls at the Land Ho Saturday. In the short time of the Trump administration, “the most fundamental American i...

CHATHAM – There's no disputing Shareen Davis' lineage. A 13 th generation Nickerson and a 10 th generation Eldredge, she is descended from Mayflower passengers through her grandmother. She grew up in a fishing family, graduated from Chatham High School (Class of 1976), and for many years ran a trap fishing company with her husband Ernie Eldredge. After volunteering in local organizations and on town commi...

Taylor Will Seek Reelection

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying he will not be silenced by critics, Seth Taylor intends to seek a second term on the board of selectmen in May. “I believe that the public debate demands that we have as much information and as many points of view expressed as possible,” he said. Taylor said he will take out nomination papers shortly after they become available next Monday. Taylor said his role on the board of selectmen i...

Former Selectman Ballantine Will Run Again

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Former selectman Larry Ballantine has taken out nomination papers for another run for the office. Ballantine served on the board for six years before making the decision in 2015 not to seek a third term. “I was worn out last time, but I'm fully rested,” Ballantine told The Chronicle on Thursday after taking out papers. He is the second candidate to take out nomination papers for a seat on the boar...

CHATHAM — Though the headline article is the acquisition of the former Eldredge Garage property, the Jan. 23 special town meeting has a few other items to pique voter interest. The board of selectmen voted last week to close the warrant, which contains 11 articles. Selectmen voted 4-1 to recommend approval of Article 4, the acquisition of the Eldredge Garage land at 365 Main St., for possible use as open ...

Selectmen Hughes And Lamantia Calling It Quits

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It could be an interesting election season with two long-serving members of the board of selectmen stating they will not be candidates for re-election. Their decisions come at a time when the remaining three members of the board will have had a total of five years' experience. Selectman Peter Hughes has served for 15 years as a member of the board. He served three terms in the late 1990s and early 20...

ORLEANS — Selectmen Chairman Sims McGrath, whose term ends this May, is ready to move on if somebody else will step up. “I will not categorically say that I will not run, but I do feel that it's someone else's turn,” he said Tuesday. “So I hope someone, some qualified people, will take out papers, and I hope to get a vacation. But I'll do it again if I absolutely have to.” The board's vice chairman, David...

CHATHAM – Nearly two years after it dipped below 6,000, the town's official population figure has once again risen above that milestone, thanks to last month's presidential election. It's not unusual for voter registration to spike during a presidential election year, said Town Clerk Julie Smith. That in turn leads to an increase in the official count of the total number of residents in town, which is based bo...

CHATHAM – After very little sleep, illustrator Bob Staake awoke on the morning of Nov. 9 to an email from the art director at The New Yorker magazine looking for ideas for the following week's cover reflecting the outcome of the election. Staake had already developed some concepts for a cover assuming Hillary Clinton was the victor, so he had to shift gears and wrap his mind around the previously unthinkable f...