Julian and Tony Schiavi recently participated in a debate organized by the Cape Cod Young Professionals and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Watch the full video of the debate here.
Senator Elizabeth Warren recently held a rally for Julian and our Cape Cod Democrats in Hyannis. Read more from the Cape Cod Times here.
“I have been so proud to represent Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on Beacon Hill as state senator for the past six years. And I believe it’s very important to make sure this seat is filled by someone who will continue to put the residents of the Cape and Islands first. We need someone who will seek out the voices of everyday people, listen to their needs, build consensus and fight for affordability for seniors and families. We need someone who believes in the common good.
Julian is the only candidate in the race with a public health background, so he knows how to fight for those who are struggling with addiction. And Julian stood up to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant and got them to provide potassium iodide pills for the over 240,000 people on the Cape and the Islands. Julian believes, like I do, that we need to immediately close this corroding plant and decommission it safely and swiftly.
I know Julian well. He’s been with me every step of the way during my time at the Senate. We have worked closely on legislative matters over the past six years and he has the relevant state experience to make a positive impact from day one. I enthusiastically endorse Julian Cyr for State Senate.”
- Senator Dan Wolf
“I am proud to enthusiastically endorse Julian Cyr for the Cape and Islands State Senate seat! I've known Julian for many years and I look forward to working closely Senator Cyr on issues important to all Cape Codders.
I know he will be a caring and effective State Senator because I have already had the opportunity to work closely with Julian. It was under his guidance that regulations were developed and adopted to address the vibrio crisis that threatened both public health and the viability of our shellfish industry. Today we can all eat and enjoy oysters and the aquaculture industry is thriving on the Cape.
Additionally, I consulted with him on issues relating to the safety of the pilgrim nuclear power plant. Collaborating with him, I drafted legislation that led to the creation of a Pilgrim Power Station decommissioning commission this year.
Julian is smart, capable, and is a leader who listens. I am proud to endorse him and ask for you to join me in electing him our next State Senator.”
- Rep. Sarah Peake
On Thursday, September 8th voters across Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket placed their faith in me and our message of action on affordability, the opioid crisis, and stewardship of our fragile environment. I am profoundly grateful to the over 9000 voters who supported our campaign.
We won the old fashioned way, neighbor to neighbor, door to door, in every part of the district. This level of grassroots organization in this district is truly historic. The efforts of our team and our volunteers who made this possible is extraordinary – and very humbling.
I’m proud of what both Democratic candidates achieved. Sheila Lyons and her team ran a vigorous campaign. Cape and Islands Democrats are stronger for it. I’m grateful to Sheila for her friendship and I’m excited to work hard with her for a stronger Cape & Islands.
Our campaign started knocking on doors in February, and we didn’t stop until 7:50pm thursday night. There have been so many acts of selflessness and commitment: the 15 year old high school junior who biked through a hurricane on Sunday to reach voters. The Truro neighbor who has known me since I was 3 weeks old who spoke with 200 voters on the phone in an afternoon. The activist who said she’d never do another campaign after a bruising defeat in 2014 but couldn’t help herself and logged uncounted miles on her car for us.
This race now becomes the number one state senate contest in the Commonwealth. Let’s not mince words: there is a lot at stake in this race. The GOP wants to pick up this seat. I’m not about to let this happen. These next two months will be a tremendously hard race, but we will rise to the challenge.
I believe that Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket can remain a place where a young couple can wash ashore, make a life, start a business, and raise a family. I believe that people who want to make a life here should have a chance to do so, and find a place to live that doesn’t break the bank and a job that pays the bills. That our neighbors and children fighting addiction can get the treatment they deserve. That people who’ve lived their entire life here can retire with dignity. That we preserve and repair our unique environment for the next generation.
To make that future happen, we will need to work harder than we ever have before. Let’s get to work.
Read the full endorsement editorial here.
Significant portions of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket remain invisible to the tourists who swoop down on the region’s sparkling beaches, rose-covered rental cottages, and second homes every summer. The coastal ecosystem, so important to the state’s environmental health, is increasingly fragile. Sources of drinking water on the Cape are imperiled. Spikes in offseason unemployment and an aging population — some 25 percent of Cape Codders are 65 or older — can make the long winters difficult.
These challenges call for strong leadership in the Cape and Islands state Senate district. Democrat Dan Wolf, who is not running for reelection, brought visibility to the role as he worked with legislative leadership on education and economic issues. Fortunately, voters have a slate of able candidates to choose from on both sides of the aisle in the primary race to replace him.
The Democratic race pits Julian Cyr, a Cape Cod native, against Barnstable County Commissioner Sheila Lyons. Both are passionate about the region and agree on many points of policy. But Cyr would make a better state senator, and the Globe endorses him in the Democratic primary on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Cyr would represent a new generation of leadership on Beacon Hill, someone who grew up working at his parents’ restaurant in Truro and got his first taste of political organizing as a student in the Nauset schools. He has seen the health care challenges of the Cape’s year-round population firsthand: He was a counselor at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and is on the board of a nonprofit agency that serves Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Lyons, a Wellfleet resident who worked for two decades as a geriatric social worker, is a dedicated public servant who also knows local issues well: She was elected to the Barnstable Board of County Commissioners in 2008, and reelected four years later. But Cyr’s experience as deputy director for government affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health gives him a familiarity with Beacon Hill that will benefit his constituents and help him make an impact.
Thank you to Kathy Schatzberg, President emeritus of Cape Cod Community College for submitting this letter to the editor.
Julian Cyr has my vote for state Senate in the Sept. 8 primary, and in the November general election. I am confident he is the best candidate to fill Dan Wolf’s big shoes in the Senate.
Cyr has proved he knows how to get things done in Boston for the Cape and Islands. His strong track record includes, to mention just a few, accomplishments on the environment (e.g., Pilgrim Nuclear decommissioning); health care (preventive medicine and the opioid crisis); and education (anti-bullying and youth development).
At his website, juliancyr.com, Cyr provides detailed proposals and commitments in these areas and many others, including business development, school funding, senior services, affordable housing and more. These policy statements demonstrate the deep thinking and creative solutions that will characterize his work in the Senate for our region.
His youth is an asset too. With a growing older population and a decline in numbers of younger residents, it is time for us elders to hand the reins over to the next generation. Cyr will represent us in the Senate with ingenuity and energy. Join me in voting for Cyr.
— The writer is president emeritus of Cape Cod Community College.
Take a few moments to read this letter to the editor from Gloria and Linda Bailey-Davies, former plaintiffs in the 2004 Goodridge case that legalized gay marriage in Massachusetts.
This fall we will celebrate 13 years since Chief Justice Margaret Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court released the court’s historic decision that made Massachusetts the first state in the country to allow same-gender couples to marry. In June 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ordered that marriage for gays and lesbians must be legal in all 50 states.
We were one of the seven plaintiff couples who stood up for equality and justice by suing for the right to marry. Now we need a leader from the next generation to step up and carry on the continuing fight for equality and justice. Julian Cyr is a passionate, courageous man who is that leader. He will fight for equality, but also has specific and thoughtful plans to address our biggest challenges here on our beloved Cape Cod: opioid and drug abuse, affordability for seniors and young families, water quality, climate change and the challenges of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
We know Cyr has what it takes to win and hope others will join us in voting for him for state Senate in the Democratic primary on Sept. 8.
Linda and Gloria Bailey-Davies
Take a moment to read this letter to the editor from Sheila Place.
I have known Julian Cyr for a number of years, and seen firsthand the energy and commitment he brings to everything, and I proudly support him for state Senate for the Cape and Islands in the Sept. 8 primary.
A Cape Cod native, Julian benefited greatly from growing up in his family’s restaurant business, and his goal is to make that kind of opportunity available to other families. His more recent experience at the State House, in increasingly responsible positions, makes him uniquely suited to be our next state senator. Julian knows the Cape’s issues, from the opioid crisis to homelessness, affordable housing, wastewater and our fragile environment, and he knows how to get things done at the state level. He will bring a record of accomplishment, along with youth and vision to our state Senate district.
This primary is one of the most important elections we face, and I want to make sure the best-qualified person will represent the Cape and Islands in the state Senate. I don’t believe Sheila Lyons is that person, based on her record as a county commissioner. Public service should not be a guarantee of a promotion without demonstrable accomplishments.
Read this letter to the editor from Joanne Hush and Gail Meyers Lavin, both from Orleans.
Rarely does a first-time candidate for public office impress with such intelligence, skill, energy and commitment to public service. Gov. Deval Patrick was one, as was Sen. Dan Wolf. Julian Cyr follows in their distinguished footsteps and has earned our enthusiastic support in the Democratic state Senate primary.
Julian, a native Cape Codder, grasps the complex issues facing us, and has well-thought-out plans and the capacity to convey them effectively here and in Boston. (Please see www.juliancyr.com/issues).
While earning his New York University degree in public policy and community health, Julian was a White House intern at the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, a highly competitive opportunity to experience federal government firsthand. Many will remember him as Gov. Patrick’s Cape and Islands campaign field organizer and President Obama’s 2012 Southeastern Massachusetts field director.
Julian’s professional experience includes serving as the state Department of Public Health deputy director of government affairs, and as director of policy and regulatory affairs at the Bureau of Environmental Health, planning, researching and developing complex legislation, and securing major appropriations for our communities.
All will benefit by having Cyr serve in and for this place he calls home. Please vote for Julian Cyr Sept. 8.
Gail Meyers Lavin