SANDWICH — Tom Keyes, of Sandwich, Republican candidate for state representative, expressed frustration with the House moving so quickly to pass new gas taxes and more taxes on businesses.

Keyes is calling for an audit of the Department of Transportation.

“The House is putting Taxachusetts on steroids with this latest rush to pass tax increases. Ouch! They should have held a public hearing on this tax package. If they had, they would have heard that the people are against increasing their gas tax. They need to stop punishing people for driving to work,” said Keyes.

The Department of Transportation as a whole has not been audited in years. Keyes believes that every penny being spent by this department should be accounted for.

“We have all seen the Reason Foundation study that says our state spends $675,000 per mile per year on road maintenance which is 4 times the national average. Massachusetts also spends $78,000 per mile per year on administrative costs. That’s 8 times the national average. These figures are ridiculous. We need to stop the reckless spending and taxation,” said Keyes.

“As the next state representative, people can count on me to be their voice. I will not sell the people out for a gazebo. I will fight to protect people’s paychecks and savings,” said Keyes.

Keyes is part of the leadership team that stopped automatic gas tax hikes in 2014. He has a proven track record in fighting for the taxpayers.

Keyes, 52, has served on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates and as a Sandwich selectman. He has also served on numerous boards and committees including: Water Quality Review Committee, Sandwich Economic Development Committee as liaison of the Board of Selectmen, Cemetery Commission, Assembly of Delegates Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the 21st Century Taskforce to review the Cape Cod Commission and draft operational changes to the County Commissioners, president of the Cape Cod Selectmen and Councilors’ Association and Board of Directors, and member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Selectmen and Counselors.

Keyes founded his private practice, Keyes Quality Systems, in 1998, providing consulting and contract services in management, ethics and compliance. He and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Madelynn and Julia.