Navy Veteran Jumps Into Cape & Islands District Attorney Race

Sandwich Attorney John Carey will try to keep the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office under Republican control.

By Jimmy Bentley, Patch Staff | Originally posted at

BARNSTABLE, MA — Sandwich attorney and U.S. Navy veteran John “Jack” Carey will seek the Republican nomination in the open Cape & Islands district attorney race, Carey’s campaign said Monday.

Cape Cod is our home and I want to offer my experiences and leadership that I gained from my Naval career and years as a litigator in the Massachusetts courts to ensure the laws are enforced, and we keep the Cape and Islands, our home, safe for our families and our children,” Carey said in a news release. “That is why I am running for district attorney.”

Carey runs a private practice as a defense attorney. He also served in the armed forces for about 30 years. He said he’s lived on Cape Cod for the last 10 years with his wife, Grace.

“Our children attend school on the Cape, play baseball in Sandwich, belong to the local the YMCA, belong to Cape Cod Swim Club and take music lessons from local businesses,” Carey said. “But our roots go deeper, my family has owned home on the Cape since I was a child. My parents retired to the Cape, and I graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In addition, Grace and I first met in Hyannis when she was over from Ireland on a J1 visa in 1992.”

Michael O’Keefe, a Republican, has served as the region’s district attorney for almost 20 years. Earlier this month, O’Keefe said he will not seek re-election. Carey will try to keep the office red in his bid for the nomination. So far, he’s one of two candidates to announce their run, the other being Defense Attorney Rob Galibois, a Democrat.

The district attorney’s office has been under Republican control for more than 50 years.