Brewster selectman withdraws from Senate race

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Brewster Selectman Ben deRuyter is withdrawing from the race for the open Cape and Islands Senate seat, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.

“I value the experiences gained throughout this campaign. I’m grateful to my supporters, whom I know will continue to be activists for our region,” he said in a statement. He said he plans to make an endorsement soon, with Julian Cyr, Sheila Lyons, and Rep. Brian Mannal running for the party’s nomination in the race to find a successor to outgoing Sen. Dan Wolf of Harwich.

In March, MassGOP Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes filed a complaint urging the State Ethics Commission to investigate deRuyter’s appointment of Sarah Turano-Flores as his campaign treasurer. GOP officials contended that Turano-Flores’s role as town counsel in Brewster – as an of counsel attorney at Nutter, McClennan & Fish – qualifies her as a municipal employee who would be barred under state campaign finance law from soliciting political donations or acting as the treasurer of a political campaign.

At the time, DeRuyter’s campaign manager Stephanie Houghton said Turano-Flores’ position with the campaign was cleared through the Office of Campaign and Political Finance months ago.

Cyr rapidly released a statement praising deRuyter, describing him as a “dedicated father, business owner and public servant.”

“I spoke with Ben today about his decision to focus on his family and his businesses,” Cyr. “Ben deRuyter represents the best of our Cape communities: someone who is a dedicated father, business owner and public servant.”

— Written by Michael Norton

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