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Jones Wins Selectman Seat; Ballot Question Fails

Doug Jones is Falmouth's newest member of the Board of Selectmen.

The people of Falmouth have spoken—although with only a 22 percent voter turnout, not all that loudly—and elected a new member of the Board of Selectmen, as well as turning down a ballot question that would have funded a new capital improvements stabilization fund. 

Falmouth Academy math teacher and first-time selectmen candidate Douglas Jones garnered 49.63 percent of the overall vote for the one open seat on the Board of Selectmen, with former Falmouth Fire Chief Paul Brodeur behind with 39.66 percent. David Moriarty followed with 10.62 perecent of the vote.

Kathleen Murray, Marilyn Zacks, and Jerome Fanger all retained their seats as Library Trustees, as did L. Lorusso Peterson, Susan Augusta, and Emily Davern on the School Committee. On the Planning Board, Douglas Brown and Robert Leary were reelected for three-year terms, while Paul Dreyer earned a one-year term on that board.

The one ballot question posed to voters yesterday asked to assess an additional $800,000 in real estate and personal property taxes to fund a capital improvements stabilization fund. The initiative failed, with 54.38 percent of voters weighing in with a "no" vote. 

Malcolm Donald May 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM
What about Town Meeting Member results?
Menauhant May 16, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Congratulations to Mr Jones. The town should come up with a plan to get more people to vote. Why do we have the polls open on a workday and not on a weekend. Many voters work off cape or just out of town during the week. There is always the option of an absentee ballot but that requires an effort on the voters part. There may be a State Law that requires elections to be held on a weekday. If there is it should be reviewed and possibly changed to make the process more voter friendly. The easier it is to vote the higher the turnout will be.
Emily Sussman May 16, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Hi Malcolm, sorry about that. You can find the full election results at this website: http://www.falmouthmass.us/clerk/51512.pdf.

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