Plymouth: Republican candidate for 9th district launches campaign

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Tuesday night at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth, Christopher Sheldon officially announced the launch of his campaign for Congress in hopes of winning over voters in the newly formed 9th district which swapped out part of the South Shore for Fall River and the New Bedford area.

Sheldon believes re-mapping will play out in his favor and against current U.S Rep William Keating and Bristol County DA Sam Sutter who are both seeking the democratic nomination, “I think it’s a pretty big advantage for a republican no longer having the northern part of the South Shore and the district. So losing Quincy and Weymouth and Hingham and Hull and those areas, you know, I think does benefit me a little bit.”

He is currently a management consultant without much experience as a politician but he’s the only republican contender gunning for the GOP nomination so far and said he’s not taking it for granted, “Right now, not a whole lot of people know who Christopher Sheldon is and despite me talking in the third person like I’ve been a candidate forever, I’m really not and I really haven’t been; so we need to get my name out there. We’re going to be pushing like we have a primary opponent all the way through the primary campaign.”

Sheldon stated he’ll be focusing on boosting southeastern industries to help the economy, “The fishing industry hasn’t had a great voice in Massachusetts and I am hoping that me speaking out on some of the issues that are important to really the South Shore and the south coast area is something that’s going to resonate with the voters there.”

The republican Congressional candidate lives in Plymouth and is a member of the Plymouth County Charter Study Commission.

(left to right: State Rep Candidate David Vieira, Congressional Candidate Christopher Sheldon, Plymouth County Commissioner Anthony O’Brien)

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.