Rep. Dylan Fernandes – office hours

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes Nantucket Office HoursWednesday, August 30th 1:30pm – 3:00pm

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes will be available on Nantucket to speak with constituents at Nantucket Culinary, one floor above The Corner Table Cafe
at 22 Federal Street.No appointment necessary – please just stop by.

Please contact island liaison Tom Dixon at:
(508) with any questions.

Residents who are unable to attend regular district office hours can always call Rep. Fernandes at: 617-722-2430 or email

State Rep Dylan Fernandes – here again in May

Please make it stop

with State Rep. Dylan Fernandes

Thursday, May 11- 5:30 PM
Unitarian Universal Church
11 Orange Street
downstairs in Hendrix Hall
“Make It Stop” is a group of Nantucket citizens who are concerned about gun safety, advocating for sensible gun laws and educating ourselves about current gun issues and trends – both statewide and nationally. Dylan Fernandes has been listening!  He will facilitate this meeting starting with gun issues and then opening up for other issues. Please contact Gary Langley for more information.

Dylan Fernandes says “Thanks!”

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Dylan Fernandes
House of Representatives State House, Boston, MA 02133
(T): 617-722-2425 ext. 7320
Aide:  Thomas Dixon


Three months ago this week, I was sworn in as your local State Representative. It is an honor to wake up everyday and do the job I love – serving you and Nantucket in the State House.

On the campaign trail, I talked a lot about fighting for our environment, combatting our opioid and heroin epidemic, and supporting affordable and workforce housing. We hit the ground running to fulfill that promise by filing six bills in the first two weeks that address these critical issues facing our district. The bills include:  a) setting up a commission to connect those struggling with opioid addiction with the best long term treatment options, b) creating a housing bank to fund workforce and affordable housing, c) establishing a commission to combat ocean acidification, d) standing in solidarity with the Paris Climate Agreement’s green house gas emission standards – and more.

Committee assignments at the State House came out last month, and I requested those that focus on the biggest issues facing our district. My top three choices were:  1) Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture 2) Mental Health, Substance Misuse & Recovery 3) Municipalities & Regional Government. I was named to all three – a rarity for a freshman!

I always look forward to spending time on Nantucket, and I’ve been hosting regular office hours on island. Last Saturday, I joined residents at the high school for town meeting, and this Friday I’ll be back hosting office hours on the 2nd floor of the Nantucket Culinary Center from 3pm-4pm and kicking off an event for Congressman Keating later that evening at the Atheneum. I hope you’ll join me!

Nantucket is a unique community in our state with needs that aren’t always solved by cookie-cutter state policy. In January, we filed the Nantucket Housing bank home rule petition passed by town meeting. Our district has become profoundly unaffordable for working families, young people and seniors and our current dearth of workforce housing has put us on an unsustainable track. Although a tiny .5% fee on multi-millionaires to pay for affordable housing for our most vulnerable may seem like fundamental fairness to you and me, we anticipate opposition. I also signed on as the chief House cosponsor for a bill filed by Senator Cyr that gives Nantucket the same fishing protections as nearly every other community in the Commonwealth.

It is very important to me that all Nantucketers know that our office is here for you. My email is and our office line (subject to change as our office will move this month)

We are also incredibly lucky to have the brilliant and engaging Tom Dixon as Island Liaison and you can reach him at 617-722-2425.

I want to leave you with an optimistic, hopeful note about politics – something we all need these days. Our freshman class in the State House is probably the youngest and most diverse in a generation – two thirds of the class is under 35 and there is even someone four years younger than me! We are an energized group, united in addressing climate change and fighting for social and economic justice. Our class makes me very hopeful for the future of Massachusetts.

Yours, Dylan
State Representative

State Senator Julian Cyr on island April 8, 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017
10:00 AM – Noon
Upstairs at the Corner Table Cafe
22 Federal Street

Nantucket’s State Senator, Julian Cyr, will hold open office hours to meet with constituents on Saturday, April 8th from 10am-12noon. All are welcome to come by and share concerns, discuss issues or seek assistance on a matter involving state government. Hosted at Nantucket Culinary, one floor above the Corner Table Cafe.  Contact Pat Johnson at 617-722-1570  or with any questions or to book a time in advance.

Congressman Bill Keating on island April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Great Hall of the Atheneum
1 India Street

Congressman Bill Keating will be hosting a sit-down with his Nantucket constituents on Friday, April 7 to discuss the legislative climate in Washington as it relates to issues of interest to Nantucketers.  The program will include a question-and-answer session followed by an informal “meet and greet.”

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes on-island April 7th, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017
3 – 4 PM
Upstairs at the Corner Table Cafe
22 Federal Street

Nantucket’s State Representative, Dylan Fernandes will hold open office hours to meet with constituents on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 3 – 4 pm.  All are welcome to come by and share concerns.  Please come and meet our Representative. For more information contact Legislative Liaison Tom Dixon (  Hosted at Nantucket Culinary, one floor above the Corner Table Cafe.

Jeff Sessions Must Resign – Petition

It has been revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions not only met multiple times with the Russian Ambassador while serving as a campaign adviser to Donald Trump, but that he lied about it under oath during his confirmation hearing.

Congressman Bill Keating today called on Jeff Sessions to resign IMMEDIATELY. And now it’s up to all of us to raise our collective voices and join Bill on calling for Sessions to resign.

Add your name and join Congressman Keating in calling on Sessions to resign now. >>

Letter from Bill Keating

Teena received the following letter from our Congressional Representative, Bill Keating in late February.

Dear Teena,

      Rep. Bill KeatingAs a member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, I want to keep you updated on what I’m doing to resist many of the harmful policies being pushed by the Trump administration and Republican Majority.

      Since Inauguration Day, many of our greatest fears have materialized. Women’s rights are in jeopardy, access to health care is on the chopping block, voting rights are being undermined, LGBTQ rights are being rolled back, our environment is being threatened, and so many more of the values that we hold dear are under attack.

      What’s more, the Republican Leadership has proven they are willing to follow President Trump’s agenda blindly and will do so with complete disregard for the will of the American people. Not only have they turned a blind-eye to Trump’s dangerous Executive Orders, but Republicans are also trying to force through a budget that would leave millions of women without access to life-saving health care.

      Since the day Trump first announced his campaign, I’ve been a vocal critic. I’m doing everything I can to stop Trump and his ethically-challenged team from enacting their harmful policies – organizing, marching, and speaking out on TV, radio and social media.

      I was proud to join Senator Elizabeth Warren in Boston to rally with thousands to fight to save the Affordable Care Act. Like millions of other Americans, I attended a Women’s March, on the Falmouth Village Green. I joined my fellow House and Senate Democrats on the steps of the Supreme Court to voice my strong opposition to President Trump’s Muslim ban. And, during the past few weeks, I’ve been inspired by standing-room-only crowds at local grassroots meetups.

      I’ve also made my views clear back in our nation’s Capital. In response to the Muslim ban, I sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General and the Acting Officer for Civil Rights & Liberties requesting that they investigate the implementation of the Executive Order. I also co-sponsored the “Freedom of Religion Act” which would permanently codify a ban on religious discrimination in our immigration system.

      Last week, I signed on to Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry aimed to secure information about any investigations the Justice Department may have launched into Donald Trump’s alleged business conflicts and ties to Russia. I’ve also co-sponsored the “Presidential Accountability Act” to extend the current law — which prohibits federal officeholders from engaging in government business when they stand to gain profit — to the President and Vice President, who are currently exempt.

      To promote transparency, I’ve joined in urging the Office of Government Ethics to investigate potential ethics violations concerning Kellyanne Conway’s public comments encouraging Americans to purchase items from the fashion line owned by President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump.

      However, for my fellow Democrats to defeat the destructive and risky policies of the Trump administration, we need you to continue speaking up. Whether you’ve marched, huddled in living rooms, or attended a town hall, we need you to be persistent and continue to turn our shared frustration into action.

      We’ve already seen what the power and pressure of our grassroots movement can do. It was your collective voices that led to the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. It was your outrage that forced Andrew Puzder to withdraw from consideration as Trump’s Labor Secretary. And through your stories and education, you raised public awareness of the life-saving benefits of the Affordable Care Act – making it a tougher task for the Republican Majority to force through a repeal.

      Let’s persist. Let’s sustain. And, together, let’s continue organizing, communicating, and making our views known. It will take each and every one of us to make change happen.


                       Bill Keating

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes to Speak, March 11

March 11, 2017
10 – 11:30 am, Learning Lab
at the Athenaeum


State Rep. Dylan Fernandes will be the guest speaker at the Nantucket Democratic Town Committee Caucus. The Caucus, which begins at 10 am will elect delegates for the state convention. This part of the meeting will take about 1/2 hour.

Representative Fernandes will speak at approximately 10:30 am.  All are welcome to attend both parts of this meeting.

Please note that only registered Democrats can vote for delegates. You will be able to register as a Democrat at the caucus if you wish.