Our View: Election Choices

Opinion

In next Tuesday's state election, there are some choices that are clear and others that are not as straightforward. Attorney General Maura Healey, for instance, is the obvious choice for governor over Trump-endorsed Republican Geoff Diehl. Massachusetts has never been shy about electing Republicans to statewide office, and has been well-served by moderate Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. Diehl is not in the moderate Republican mold of Baker or past governors such as Bill Weld. He's an election denier, wants to impose more state control over local schools (primarily due to “cultural issues”), supports regressive tax policy and has no meaningful plan to address the biggest crisis looming on Cape Cod and in the state: the lack of affordable and attainable housing. He should be rejected in favor of Healey, whose experience and policies are more in line with both Baker and the majority of Massachusetts residents.

Choices in other races are not as clear. We've never been big fans of Congressman William Keating. He's not very present in this part of the district and his efforts to help Chatham with issues regarding Coast Guard presence here have been lackluster at best. But we urge his return to office because his policies and views are more in line with the majority of Cape residents than Republican challenger Jesse Brown.

It's clear that there's a need for a new sheriff to fix the mess that is the Barnstable County House of Corrections. Both Republican Tim Whelan and Democrat Donna Buckley promise change, but we believe that Buckley would be more likely to implement the sort of sweeping reforms and institutional changes that are needed.

Finally, another clear choice, we believe, is Democrat Robert Galibois for Cape and Islands District Attorney. We've long advocated for cleaning the DA's house; long-time DA Michael O'Keefe, and Philip Rollins before him, have had a lock on the office for decades, and their performance has not always been up to expectations (think the Christa Worthington case). We expect it would be more of the same with Republican and current assistant district attorney Daniel Higgins.

Whether you agree with us or not, we hope you will go to the polls on Nov. 8, make your own choices and exercise your democratic right to vote.