State Senate Race: Cyr Vs. Schiavi

Senate race
Written by Brian Tarcy

Their backgrounds are as different as the ‘D’ and ‘R ‘next to their names. So it is easy to paint the Cape & Islands state senate race between Democrat Julian Cyr and Republican Anthony Schiavi about differences. That is the nature of elections.

But it is refreshing, in this season of caustic presidential politics, to find two thoughtful, respectful candidates vying for the most high profile elected legislative office from Cape Cod.

Senate raceFor the first time since 2011, there is no incumbent running.Senate race

The seat represents Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket as well as all of Cape Cod except for Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich.

Dan Wolf, the current senator, is a Democrat who was elected for the first of three terms in 2011. He has chosen not to run. Prior to Wolf, Democrat Rob O’Leary held the seat from 2001 to 2011. And prior to O’Leary, Henri Rauschenbach, a Republican, served for more than a decade.

Cape Cod Wave interviewed each candidate for more than 90 minutes, asking about their background, their view of the district and the job of senator, and what issues they think are important. Those profiles are linked below.

At the end of each interview, we asked a general question: Tell me something about your opponent.

“Julien is articulate, energetic and very enthusiastic about what he believes in,” said Schiavi. “He’s got a bright future.”

“Tony is a great guy,” said Cyr. “He is clearly someone who cares about this place, and who cares about his country.”

Anthony Schiavi, Republican Candidate for State Senate

Julian Cyr, Democratic Candidate for State Senate

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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