Provincetown Independent: Two Candidates Seek D.A. Post

Carey and Galibois want to replace the veteran Michael O’Keef

By BY THOMAS LYONS | Originally posted at

BARNSTABLE — After almost 20 years in office, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe will step down when his current term ends in January 2023, and, so far, two candidates have announced their campaigns: Republican John Carey and Democrat Robert Galibois.

Both are defense lawyers currently working in private practice. Carey, who lives in Sandwich and has his law offices in Charlestown and Hingham, served in the military for 30 years. Galibois lives in Norwell and has been an assistant D.A. under both O’Keefe and his predecessor, Philip Rollins.

In an interview Monday, Carey spoke of community engagement.

After graduating from the Mass. Maritime Academy, Carey served in the Navy, ultimately as a captain. He believes his 30 years of active and reserve duty provide the leadership skills required of a district attorney.

“Any strong prosecutor could handle the litigation,” he commented, “but the office needs someone who also possesses sound leadership.”

Carey supports establishing a veterans court session. Six such courts already exist in other districts in Massachusetts.

Like Galibois, Carey expressed concern about the opioid crisis. Leveraging his military experience as evidence, Carey argued that closing the entryways for drugs into Massachusetts will be necessary to stop abuse.

“I don’t think there’s a family in Massachusetts that hasn’t been touched by the opioid crisis,” he added.

When weighing treatment for addiction against prosecution of misdemeanor offenses, Carey said he would examine the probation reports of the person to determine the necessity of pretrial detention.

“Anybody can be redeemed,” he said.

Ultimately, Carey said he is running to continue O’Keefe’s legacy.

“He left big shoes to fill, and I would hope to continue his work with a smooth transition,” he said.

When he was asked about O’Keefe’s claims about fraud in the 2020 election, Carey would not comment, but added, “I won’t dispute what the press reports.”

Carey said he wants to be a D.A. for people of all party affiliations. Then he shifted to his core mantra of safety.

“I see the role of district attorney as critically important in enforcing our laws,” he said in a press release Monday.