Take a moment to read this letter to the editor from Brewster School Committee member Marie Enochty.
On Sept. 8, I am voting for Julian Cyr for state Senate. As a member of the Brewster School Committee, and an educator and advocate for over 35 years, I support Julian because he has the knowledge and experience to serve the Cape and Islands.
I have known Julian since he was the student representative on the Nauset School Committee in 2003-2004.
When we decided to fight for an override to support our seven schools, Julian stepped up. He marched in town parades, he volunteered at phone banks. We passed that override by a narrow margin and Julian was instrumental in our win. He is a product of the exemplary public schools we have on the Cape.
I stayed in contact with Julian throughout his college years at New York University and his career at the state Department of Public Health in Boston. There has never been a time when Julian has not been engaged and advocating for issues that matter to us.
He continues to be a steadfast advocate for public education, public health and all the issues that affect us in Massachusetts and the Cape.
When Julian says he’ll show up, he does! With knowledge and commitment on his side.
Read this letter from Brian Davis in the Cape Cod Times.
As Julian Cyr’s elementary school principal, I had the privilege of watching this young man grow and develop from a child to a highly successful and accomplished adult.
As such, I have a rather unique perspective and awareness of the skills, abilities and accomplishments that make him the clear choice to succeed Sen. Dan Wolf. Mr. Cyr’s qualifications have been repeatedly and quite accurately expressed here. Some very important aspects of Mr. Cyr’s credentials that should not be overlooked are his honesty, integrity and compassion. These are character traits that have defined Julian since he was a child attending Truro Central School. It is the very essence of who he will be as our next senator.
At a time when it appears honesty, integrity and compassion are absent in those seeking political office, I assure that Mr. Cyr is the real deal. Julian will represent us, our interests, our needs, our values. A vote for Mr. Cyr is a vote for so much more than our next senator; it is a vote for our future.
— The writer is the retired superintendent of the Truro School District.
Read this 'My View' piece from Julian in the Cape Cod Times.
Affordable housing, environment top priorities for Cyr
As a Truro native, I grew up working in my family's seasonal restaurant, like many of the small businesses on the Cape and Islands. Building a good life through hard work, as my family did over several decades, has become increasingly difficult. The lack of a secure retirement has made it more challenging for our seniors to stay in the same community where they built their lives. Our region has become profoundly unaffordable, with the high cost of housing the primary barrier for people building a life here. We need a state senator who will work with local and state leaders to craft solutions that prioritize affordable rentals and give opportunity to prospective first-time homeowners.
My background has prepared me to succeed in the state Senate. As director of policy and regulatory affairs for the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, I stood up to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to get the utility to pay for potassium iodide pills for our towns and kept our commercial oyster beds open for summertime harvest when the federal government threatened to shut them down. As state senator, I will promote clean water and protect our fragile environment -- because out here, clean water and a pristine environment are our business.
My work in public health on Beacon Hill gives me a strong understanding of the epidemic of opioid addiction our region faces. Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard have the highest rates of death from opioid overdose in Massachusetts, with Nantucket not far behind. We have a severe shortage of services. We have no inpatient beds available for Islanders, and it’s been a decade since new residential rehabilitation beds were added on the Cape. We need a state senator with the background, leadership, and track record to tackle our top public health crisis.
Our campaign has gained tremendous momentum in the last few weeks. Our candidacy is resonating with voters who depend on thoughtful, effective, progressive leadership in the state Senate. I am humbled to be endorsed by organizations representing nurses, health care workers, environmentalists, unions, and advocacy groups – from the same coalition that got behind Dan Wolf’s successful bid for state Senate in 2010. I am also honored to be endorsed by numerous elected officials, including Barnstable County Assembly members, selectmen, a sitting state representative, and voters like you from across the region.
Beyond our given natural beauty, I believe what truly makes the Cape and Islands a singular, unique region is the composite of individuals who are drawn here from all walks of life, unified by sense of community and appreciation for the place we live in. The regional scope of our economy, the interdependence of our resources, and the challenges we face are unmistakable. Change is never easy and certainly inevitable. I firmly believe that we can best generate tangible solutions and effective policy results across town lines. We cannot let economic tides reshape our community of their own volition; we need to guide its direction. As your state senator, I will be a progressive voice in the Massachusetts Legislature who will always put the priorities of the Cape and Islands first.
Together, we will chart a sustainable future for all residents of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. Visit www.JulianCyr.com to learn more. I humbly ask for your vote in the Democratic primary on Sept. 8.
On Sunday Julian participated in a democratic primary debate with Sheila Lyons. The debate was held on the Pat Desmarais show on 95.1 WXTK. Listen to the full audio recording of the debate here. And thank you to Pat and WXTK for the opportunity.
Thank you to Patricia Corcoran of Dennis for submitting this wonderful letter to the editor.
I proudly support Julian Cyr to be our next state senator. He leads with compassion, intellect and from strong Cape roots.
Julian worked on many important issues as the director of policy and regulatory affairs for environmental health at the state Department of Public Health. He helped the oyster industry stay open in 2013. He held Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station accountable to pay for a resupply of our potassium iodide pills (which had expired), and he helped fund a state program that Barnstable, Mashpee, Falmouth and Bourne have implemented that creates interventions for hypertension and diabetes.
One accomplishment that especially touched me came in 2013, when Julian worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Community Sanitation Program to move the children of migrant workers out of decrepit housing and into safe living quarters.
Julian gets results and has stayed true to his humble Cape roots. Let’s elect him Sept. 8 as our next state senator! There is no one better to fill Dan Wolf’s big shoes. More information can be found at www.juliancyr.com.
Patricia A. Corcoran