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The seven-member Commission serves as the legislative body of County government. Commissioners are chosen in county-wide elections and serve a 2-year term. The Commission normally meets twice a month.

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    Leon Arthur Brathwaite II
    (Dem)

  • John F. Cahill
    (Dem)

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    Keith O'Connor Chatinover
    (Dem)

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    Tristan R. Israel
    (Dem)

  • Donald Robert Leopold
    (Dem)

  • Hunter N. Moorman
    (Dem)

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    Christine Catherine Todd
    (Dem)

  • Richard G. Wharton
    (Dem)

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Campaign Phone (508) 693-5810
Former Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Former Director of the Massachusetts State Office of Affirmative Action, Dukes County Commissioner 2012 to present, Member of the SSA Long-Range Vineyard Transportation Task Force, County Personnel Committee, West Tisbury Personnel Board, NAACP Executive Board & Life Member, Vice Chair Massachusetts Democratic Party, Former Secretary of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
One of the principal challenges I will face next term is working with my Co-Commissioners to address the impact of COVID 19 on the County Budget, Court House, Programs, Employees and other Dukes County assets. It will require thoughtful leadership and creative decision making to lessen the impact of a budget shortfall.The Commission should play a key role in fostering communication and cooperation among the six towns and relevant community agencies to reach fair and equitable solutions.
I am committed to public service, transparency and sound fiscal government. The decisions I make with colleagues will be grounded in what's in the best interest of Dukes County constituents. My skill set, experience and strong working relationship with the Cape & Islands Democratic State Representative, Senator, Congressman and Constitutional Officers to seek resources, legislative support and technical assistance on behalf of the County will aid me in being an effective County Commissioner.
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Campaign Phone (774) 563-5443
Twitter @kchat2000
Campaign Email kchatinover@gmail.com
I have been a community activist on Martha's Vineyard since I was in high school. I have served on various boards on the island, including the Coordinating Committee of We Stand Together/Estamos Todos Juntos, and the Steamship Authority's Long-Range Vineyard Transportation Task Force. I'm also a student at Middlebury College in Vermont but have participated in every Commission meeting since I began serving in January 2019.
I believe that the principal challenges we will face will concern the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can successfully continue to provide robust, necessary social services to every resident on Martha's Vineyard. We must fulfill this growing need while ensuring our financially sound future. As always, I strongly advocate for islandwide initiatives and problems, which are cost-saving and better reflect the cross-pollination that makes our community, one.
I'll always fight for government transparency and islandwide progressive change as your Commissioner. While you might not always agree with a decision or vote of mine, I'll always, always be accessible to you as your representative. My contact info is always available online and I hold annual town halls in each island town so that I am accountable, in-person, to you. We have so much more work to do and I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 3 so we can continue that work. Thank you.
Campaign Phone (508) 693-0196
Campaign Email Islandar@yahoo.com
I have participated in local government since 1987, serving on the Tisbury Conservation Commission and the Planning Board and then on the Tisbury Board of Selectmen for 25 years. I have served on many other boards as well as having been a Dukes County Commissioner for 12 years. I am also a member of The Massachusetts Municipal Association's Municipal and Regional Administration Policy Committee.
Covid 19 and the profound changes it has brought to all facets of our lives is the biggest challenge today for local governmental entities.The financial impacts of the pandemic to the community and in turn to the institutions that serve the public are severe. How we conduct business and provide necessary services to the public in this new environment will take creativity and innovation.
In my many years of service I have always felt my number one priority was to help enable government to facilitate openness and a fair process for the public. Government should be here to listen to and serve the public, not the other way around. I am a proponent of being fiscally responsible but above all else I am an advocate for people and the human services they need to be healthy and secure in these trying times.
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Campaign Phone (202) 309-4896
I must make the unusual request that the voters of Dukes County NOT vote for me. I had looked forward to serving as County Commissioner and making a contribution to this community I so value. Regrettably, after my nomination papers were formally registered at the state elections office, a family issue arose that will keep me from running for office or serving if elected. I am now no longer standing as a candidate for office. I wish our other candidates every success.
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Campaign Phone (774) 563-9197
I am entering my 21st year as a full time resident of Martha's Vineyard and raised both of my children here. I have served as County Commissioner for three terms, Dukes County Health Council, Martha's Vineyard Commission, Airport Commission, Substance Use Disorder Coalition, and more. I have worked in real estate sales, as Development Director of the YMCA until the doors opened, MV Arena, Oak Bluffs Association and many other volunteer roles in our Island community.
I will focus on are; support in the development and implementation of an Island wide emergency preparedness and response plan, climate change, providing quality social services, dealing with homelessness and substance abuse issues, protecting and maintaining County managed assets (i.e. beaches and courthouse), appoint qualified and committed individuals to County appointed positions. Collaboration, cooperation, and commitment by all pertinent agencies will be critical to achieving success.
I am entering my twenty first year of living on Martha’s Vineyard in the town of Oak Bluffs. Having lived in many different places throughout my life, there is no other place I would choose to call home. Having raised both of my children here and been involved in so many different aspects of my community I have developed a strong appreciation for the rich life experience and challenges our Island brings to my life. I want to continue to serve my community. Please vote for me. Thank you!
Appointed as a Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commissioner for 3 years, I have first-hand knowledge of the main economic and political drivers of the Dukes County Economy. As a Commissioner, I served on the Finance committee strenghtening financial controls and reporting. On the Personnel committee we hired a new Airport Director and provided guidance in contract negotiations. As Chair of the Land Use Committee I lead lease renewal negotiations in accordance with MGL and FAA regulations.
Dukes County is largely dependent upon a seasonal and discretionary wealth driven economy. This can hide the un-met basic needs of our year-round residents for affordable housing, food, reliable public transportation, and access to healthcare. The Covid pandemic amplified the inherent inequalities and risks associated in meeting these needs, while depending upon a service-based economy. Meeting these needs, will be our primary challenge during the next term.
As an African American, and 13-year Navy Veteran with 5 generations of family connection to Martha’s Vineyard and Dukes County, I’m committed to fostering governance guided by the principals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In the words of John Lewis, “Democracy is not a state, but an act.” I intend to act on behalf of all residents of Dukes County.