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Interview with Sarah Peake

October 17th, 2010

State Rep Sarah Peake took time out of her jaw dropping schedule to answer my questions about her campaign for re-election as 4th District Massachusetts State Representative for a third term.

''By making effective laws, helping constituents connect with state resources, and being a voice for groups like the commercial fishermen, I can make a difference. Helping people is a part of who I am.''

Q: Everyone has a great story about moving to Provincetown. What’s yours?

A: As a teen, I spent summers in the mid-cape with family. Like so many others, I came to Provincetown in my twenties to vacation and in 1984 began to lay down roots when I purchased a condo here. I love to live by the ocean; sailing, walking in the dunes and getting sand in my shoes. In 1992, my wife Lynn and I purchased the bed and breakfast Heritage House so that we could move here permanently. This is our eighteenth season at the inn.

Q: What inspired you to run for State Representative?

A: My first taste of civic involvement began in 1994 when I was appointed to the Provincetown High School Site Council. I met students, parents and teachers; becoming a part of the community in a new way. This was a watershed moment for me. In 2002, I was elected to the Provincetown Board of Selectman.

I saw that many of our concerns as a town were also regional issues. Being a State Representative was the next step to helping people in our town and on the Cape. By making effective laws, helping constituents connect with state resources, and being a voice for groups like the commercial fishermen, I can make a difference. Helping people is a part of who I am.

Q: The Massachusetts House of Representatives has 160 members with each elected official working for a district of about 40,000 people. What are the issues that are unique to Barnstable, the 4th District?

A: We are a rural community so transportation for our year round constituents is key to the well being of our district. I fought hard to keep the FLEX bus running; securing emergency funds, creating a caucus and changing RTA legislation to save taxpayers millions.

My current concerns for the 4th Barnstable district are reining in the costs of health care, especially for the small business owner. I will work tirelessly to get our economy back on track, fighting for tax credits to stimulate new industries, and creating new opportunities for aquaculture and lobstermen. I also want to stop the escalating homeowner insurance rates through filing three different bills that will create appropriate standards for our region.

Q: Why did you request to be the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development?

A: Our economy here is like a three legged stool. One leg is the fishing industry; the other two are the arts and tourism. It only makes sense for me to ask for a leadership post on this committee that so directly affects us. I work hard to give us a seat at the table where important decisions are made.

Q: Is there anything else you want us to know about you?

A: I would ask people for their vote on November 2nd, so I can keep working hard for the people of the 4th Barnstable District!

It was a privilege to talk to this hardworking, down to earth and effective woman. She’s got my vote and I hope that she has yours. Get out there and vote November 2nd.

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