Two Republican challengers running for Cape and Islands state senator


A two-way race for the Republican nomination for state senator representing the Cape and Islands District will be on the primary ballot on Sept. 6

Political newcomers Christopher Lauzon and Daralyn Heywood both of Barnstable are running for the seat.

State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, who was elected for the Cape and Islands District seat in 2016, is running unopposed in the primary on the Democratic ticket.

The Cape and Islands District includes the towns of Aquinnah, Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Chilmark, Dennis, Eastham, Edgartown, Gosnold, Harwich, Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Provincetown, Tisbury, Truro, Wellfleet, West Tisbury and Yarmouth with a total population of 184,504 according to 2020 census data.

The Massachusetts State Senate is made up of 40 members, 37 Democrats and 3 Republicans. The Senate meets to discuss, formulate and vote on proposed new or amended state laws, either formally or informally every 72 hours. Senators serve two-year terms in Massachusetts without term limits.

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