I have called Cape Cod home for most of my life. I was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Dennis, MA here on Cape Cod. I attended and graduated from our public schools, and have worked within the community for the better part of my life. Cape Cod’s communities have given me so much over the years and have helped mold me into the person I am today. I believe that now is the time to step up to, go to work, represent, and give back to the community that I love.
With the encouragement of my family, friends, and supporters, I am excited to announce that I will be asking for your support and your vote in 2018 as I campaign to be the next State Representative in the First Barnstable District.
This campaign is about all of us, and what we can accomplish together to improve the quality of life for everyone here on Cape Cod and beyond. We will need volunteers, door knockers, phone bankers, sign holders, and of course donations to make this a successful campaign. I ask for your energy and support to join me on this journey. Thank You.
We have a real shot at reclaiming this seat! The incumbent won by only 4 points in 2014 and was unopposed in 2016. Please help me Flip the First back to blue!
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“I believe Josh Mason has fresh ideas to help us all move forward with actions rather than divisive rhetoric.”
March 12, 2018
Joshua Mason promises ‘campaign by community.’
HYANNIS — With little more than eight months until the general election, another candidate for the Cape and Islands legislative delegation has emerged.
Joshua Mason, a 36-year-old Democrat from Dennis, confirmed last week that he is a candidate for state representative in the 1st Barnstable District, a seat currently held by Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster.
Mason is a graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and Hofstra University, where he majored in film production.
He spent seven years in Los Angeles after college, at one point working as an assistant to popular TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Mason returned to the Cape five years ago and now works as a beverage manager at a local restaurant.
The House run is Mason’s first venture into politics, although he has worked on presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates since 2000.
“I’m a product of Cape Cod,” Mason said about his decision to enter the race. “The world is changing at a pace we have not seen before, and the Cape needs to be part of that. We need to retain the charm but also need to be progressive in how we run our government.”
Mason, who says his positions align with fellow millennials, stressed the importance of constituent involvement in his campaign during an interview last week.
“This is a campaign by community,” he said. “I’ll fight with the people, not just for the people.”
Positions Mason will embrace during the campaign include: addressing the opioid crisis with rehabilitative care policies and holding pharmaceutical companies and prescribers more accountable for the epidemic; working to make cannabis more available to fully reap medical and tax revenue benefits; and advocating for federal assistance and reform to help ease the affordable housing crunch on the Cape.
Millennials on the Cape are often squeezed out of the housing market because prices are too high and they tend to earn too much to qualify for affordable housing, according to Mason, who says he’s “seen the struggle.”
Mason appears to be setting the tone for a campaign of civil discourse.
“Tim is a very pleasant person and certainly a likable guy,′ he said of Whelan, declining to discuss the two-term incumbent further.
“I want to run a clean campaign based on the issues,” he said.
The 1st Barnstable District includes Dennis, one precinct in Barnstable, two precincts in Brewster and five precincts in Yarmouth.
By Geoff Spillane
March 9, 2018