Candidate profile: Sarah Hewins

By Matthew Bernat | Oct 19, 2016
Courtesy of: Steve Dewhurst Sarah Hewins

After serving as a Selectman, Planning Board member, Conservation Agent and volunteer in her town, state representative candidate Sarah Hewins (D-Carver) hopes to address issues affecting the 2nd Plymouth District.

Hewins, who has been involved in her community for nearly two decades, said she’s running for state representative because change is needed.

“I’m tired of having representation that really isn’t working for the district,” said Hewins. “We need a state representative who will actually take action on the issues...rather than talking about them for 14 years.”

If elected on Nov. 8, Hewins anticipates making strides on the opioid epidemic, fixing how schools are funded by the state and making the renovation of the Middleboro rotary a priority.

“Many other issues have remained unaddressed for far too long, from affordable housing to land preservation to protecting our precious and economically essential aquifer,” she said. “Our state representative needs to have the local knowledge, on-the-ground experience, and an understanding of local challenges to do the job right.”

Tackling these problems requires a concerted effort, she said. If elected, Hewins said she would coordinate with leaders in the district’s three towns to take a regional approach to finding solutions.

She noted her experiences on a joint task force that dealt with regional land development and commissioner with the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District led her that conclusion.

Hewins, who is originally from Philadelphia, moved to the Carver 24 years ago. She became interested in local politics after seeing town meeting-style government in action.

“I was impressed that anyone could speak up and that everyone’s opinion mattered so much,” she said.

Hewins said she would speak up for district residents at the state level with a focus on affordable housing, education, transportation and agriculture. The cranberry industry, in particular, could use a boost, she said.

“We need to keep our working farms,” she said. “We have to create incentives for Massachusetts farmers.”

Regarding affordable housing, Hewins said it’s an issue that’s close to her. She helped pass zoning bylaws that require new development to include quality affordable units in Carver.

During her tenure as Conservation Agent, Hewins said she brought more than $2 million in state and other grants that preserved approximately 500 acres of land. She said she saved taxpayers money by negotiating residential curbside trash and recycling collection at 50 percent off the going rate, cut the town’s electricity bill by 11 percent and the street light bill by 34 percent.

“In my 18 years as a town official, I’ve delivered on every single one of the promises I made to voters in each of my five election campaigns,” she said.


Comments (8)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Oct 19, 2016 13:28

Thanks in advance for your vote,Thank you!


Posted by: barnstorm | Oct 20, 2016 07:55

Working for more affordable housing to be built in Carver will do nothing to help the economic situation there. The Cranberry industry is in trouble. Two of the towns that have the highest rate of foreclosures in the State since 2010 are Carver and Weymouth. Who's going to buy the homes from the banks where the mortgages went south, especially in a town where there are no jobs or no new industry? Conserving land or keeping it from development for your town's economic survival? We don't need a Conservation Agent as a district Rep. Sorry, Sarah. Your resume is weak.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 20, 2016 13:28

I give her more credit than just a conservation agent.  Her success in saving energy is of interest.  Wareham's buildings (including the new 25 year old high school) are energy hogs.  There is little to no support or awareness of energy savings here.  We really need some push for it here in Wareham.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Oct 20, 2016 20:49

According to foreclosure statistics for Plymouth County, the top five towns in Plymouth County for foreclosure are as follows:


1 in every 406


1 in every 522


1 in every 606


1 in every 649


1 in every 651

Carver is in Plymouth County and is not included in the “top five towns foreclosure list” as it appears on’s most recent update (September 2016)

Foreclosure statistics listed for Carver:

1 in every 2272

Weymouth is in Norfolk County. Weymouth’s foreclosure rate:

1 in every 2197

Above statistics from:

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 21, 2016 07:13

Those stats look right.  I didn't think Carver or Weymouth were bad.  Especially Weymouth (which is now a city).  It's suburban, somewhat affordable, and just south of Boston so folk strive to stay there.  Then there's good ole Wareham at the top of the list.  And you wonder what fuels my jaded views.  That's good though, we need some more  abandoned haunted houses to look at in town.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Oct 21, 2016 09:58

Wareham BTS, your energy comment in relationship to the Town of Wareham is totally inaccurate. Over the past several years the Town has participated in many energy saving programs with our electricity provider, changing out lighting, insulation, etc. to save energy in our buildings. The TA has also entered into a newer program over the past year or two to change out all street lights to newer ones that are more energy efficient. Wareham has also entered into agreements I believe with 2 wind farms, and are moving forward to implement a solar field to help reduce the cost of energy at our Wastewater Plant. At last check the Town of Wareham has / will have taken advantage and participated in every program maxing out our level of energy credits that are allowed. The actions taken in all these areas have been done at a local level by your Board of Selectman & Town Administrator, and in most cases approved at Town Meeting. and where available with the help of Mrs. Gifford to get State funding and Grants. I am sure you can get in touch with the TA's office or one of your Selectman, I would suggest Mr. Slavin who helped lead the charge with myself to get into many of these programs, and they can tell you how much the Town has saved on energy over the past few years. I think you will be impressed.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Oct 21, 2016 13:00

Mr. Holmes, thanks for the response.  If everything you state is true, I am willing to accept that my statement may be somewhat inaccurate, but not totally.  In any event, I apologize for my harshness.  However, things that I see and things that I know indicate that there are many inefficiencies.  One for certain is that I'd look before leaping into anymore alternative energy like wind and solar.  They're great in theory,  green as Kermit, but the Devil lives in the details (contracts).  Are you aware of the current contract governing our existing solar deal?  We are bound to use a certain amount of electricity or we get penalized.  We are locked in for years and can't sell the SRECs.  Basically if we save we get in trouble.  That is certainly counterintuitive to saving energy.  Another area is more fundamental.  Are you aware of the condition of the equipment in our buildings?  Take the high school for example. The HVAC equipment itself and the pneumatic control system are just awful.  It's 30 year old technology held together on a prayer.  Our maintenance has done their best at keeping it going.  But that's about it...and that's one of our newest town buildings.  This post isn't the place for a deep dive energy audit.  I've barely scratched the surface.  Has Wareham considered becoming a Green Community? What about designating a new position or adapting an existing position for an energy manager?  A person that knows the ropes could generate their own salary.


I do again apologize for commenting without any facts at first.  But as can be seen, my comment was not totally inaccurate.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Oct 21, 2016 14:45

Wareham has a fever.

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