Republican voters on the South Shore and Cape Cod face a choice this year between two little-known candidates — Adam Chaprales of Barnstable and Christopher Sheldon of Plymouth, who are seeking the party’s nomination for the area’s seat in Congress. While GOP voters are fortunate to have two young, promising candidates, Chaprales is the better choice.
Chaprales, an investment adviser, has deeper roots in the district than his opponent. He has also held elected office previously, serving a term on the Sandwich Board of Selectmen. To his credit, Chaprales has also taken a slightly tougher position on the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, saying he thought the plant’s disaster plan needs work and that it needed more frequent scrutiny from federal regulators.
Sheldon, a management consultant, is a first-time candidate. He has an unorthodox streak, saying that he would be willing to consider means-testing of Social Security and that he agrees with Elizabeth Warren on the need for more infrastructure investment. On foreign policy, though, in a recent radio forum he signalled a readiness to back US intervention in Iran, while Chaprales offered more measured responses on international questions.
On health care, both candidates offer boilerplate responses about repealing Obamacare. Whoever wins the nomination to face the eventual Democratic nominee would do well to offer a more forward-looking vision. But on balance, Chaprales would likely be a stronger standard-bearer for the Republicans in the general election. GOP voters should choose him on Sept. 6.