Restaurateur Mounts Write-In Campaign For Sandwich Planning Board

Robert KingJAMES KINSELLA/ENTERPRISE - Robert King

Longtime Sandwich restaurateur Robert E. King has announced his write-in candidacy for the planning board in the May 8 town election.

Mr. King’s announcement creates a race where one previously had not existed.

Before Mr. King’s announcement, the planning board chairman, Joseph A. Vaudo of Route 6A, and Lori A. Caron of Route 6A were unopposed for election to three-year terms. David L. Darling of Old County Road, was unopposed for an unexpired one-year term.

Yesterday afternoon, Mr. King stated that he would be seeking one of the available three-year seats on the board.

Mr. King said he was not so much down on Mr. Vaudo or Ms. Caron as he was positive about his values and the voice that he said he could bring to the board.

The restaurateur, who co-owned the Bee-Hive Tavern in East Sandwich for 12 years and now co-owns the Café Chew in Merchants Square, said he has grown concerned about planning board proposals that would relax restrictions on commercial development in historic sections of the town.

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Mr. King said that the number of Sandwich residents asking him to run for the board increased after Mr. Vaudo, then unopposed for the board, pleaded guilty last month in Barnstable District Court to offenses including falsifying a shellfish report and interfering with a police investigation of stolen oysters.

But the restaurateur said that recent planning board proposals on commercial uses in historic zones, rather than Mr. Vaudo’s legal troubles, led him to enter the race.

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