Mason again seeks 1st Barnstable District seat

Josh Mason is taking another run for state representative in the 1st Barnstable District for the seat currently held by three-term incumbent Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster.

Mason, a 38-year-old Democrat from Dennis who works in the hospitality industry, lost in the 2016 primary to Steven Leibowitz.

“I consider my loss more of a gain,” said Mason, noting his first campaign provided a learning experience that led him to become more involved in the community.

He currently serves on the Dennis Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, Dennis Planning Board and Barnstable County Home Consortium and is chairman of the Dennis Democratic Town Committee.

Mason contends the current state of politics, which he referred to as “licentious,” does not work and there needs to be more focus on building community through compromise and seeking common ground.

“It’s not about being blue or red,” he said. “You need to go into this colorblind for the red, white and blue.”

He said he believes that bolder, more innovative ideas and foresight, paired with refreshed leadership, will achieve the economic, educational and environmental peak.

The 1st Barnstable District includes the town of Dennis, one precinct in Barnstable, two precincts in Brewster and five precincts in Yarmouth.

Mason expects a formal campaign kickoff event will be held later this month.