Three Dems and Two Felons on County Ballot
Three Democrats are expected to be on the ballot for county commission in the Sept. 1 primary.
Provincetown resident Cheryl Andrews, 60; Wellfleet resident Sheila Lyons, 62; and Yarmouth’s Mark Forest, 64, have all collected more than the 500 signatures required to be on the ballot by the May 5 deadline, according to the candidates.
The three of them will compete for two spots in a Democratic primary. The two winners will then go for two open seats on the three-person county commission.
Commissioner Mary Pat Flynn is retiring from office and Commissioner Ron Beaty, a Barnstable Republican, is running for re-election.
Also on the ticket is independent Abraham Kasparian Jr., 66, of Yarmouth Port. Kasparian, a former Hampden County commissioner, served a 14-year prison sentence after being found guilty of stabbing his wife three times with a butcher knife in an Agawam pizza parlor in 2002.
Beaty has done some jail time himself, 16 months in federal prison back in 1991 after he made death threats against President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, and state Sen. Lois Pines.
Editor’s note: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Abraham Kasparian Jr. as a Republican.