David Moriarty Candidate Profile
By: Christopher Kazarian
Behind the smile and charming demeanor of David R. Moriarty of Lower Road, West Falmouth, lies a frustration with how town government is currently operating.
He has shown his discontent with the status quo the past two years he has run for selectman, but this year the anger is a little more evident.
“We are lacking a moral compass,” he said. “There is a lack of integrity in town government and a big disconnect between the citizens and town officials. The only way you can be heard in the Town of Falmouth is if you [file] a lawsuit in the court system.”
It is a state of affairs that has upset the lifelong resident. “I’m very disappointed,” he said. “People just can’t seem to get along.”
'Bridging the gap'
And in Falmouth that disappointment may not be solely his. He points to last year’s election when only 22.9 percent of the voters headed to the polls as proof. The year before that number, 19 percent, was even more disheartening to Mr. Moriarty who said, “It baffles my mind the community can run on 19 percent of the voters. You have to have citizen participation to have good government.”
The problem, he said, lies in the fact that a small percentage of town officials are controlling the power in Falmouth.
How to fix it, he said, is simple. “First of all what needs to be done is to clean house and move people out that need to be moved out,” he said.
And then, he said, the town needs to start anew with committees and town employees working cohesively.
Unfortunately, he said, that is not the case now although he strongly believes he can “bridge the gap,” as his campaign slogan states. “Until we can bridge the gap no one is getting to the other side,” he warned.
That is important as Falmouth has a number of talented residents who could assist with moving certain initiatives forward, although Mr. Moriarty said, “All this bickering is keeping people away from wanting to participate. We have to mend some fences and bring people together.”
Turbines, wastewater, and dump fees
Among the issues that have divided residents within town that he mentioned is the wind turbine at the Wastewater Treatment Facility along with the water pressure in Ballymeade. He said there is no reason both cannot be settled out of court, as long as town officials work with residents to resolve the issue.
“You can’t just ignore people,” he said. “It is not going away. Mistakes were made, and they need to be rectified.”
He did not understand why some residents are now forced to live in their basement because the town’s wind turbine is impacting their lives.
“They can’t take away people’s property rights without compensating them,” he said. “I’m for wind turbines, but only if they are properly sized and properly sited.”
He also said town officials have conveniently swept the town’s wastewater problems under the rug.
“When I was 10 years old, we had a wastewater problem,” Mr. Moriarty said. “That is 48 years ago. Can you stay in denial that long? The problem is going to get more expensive and more catastrophic the more you wait.”
He also expressed anger over the town dump, something that residents, particularly senior citizens, no longer use, thanks to selectmen instituting a $2.50 fee for each bag of trash brought to the dump.
“A lot of people don’t go there anymore,” he said. “It is sad to watch... Other towns have profited on their waste management facilities. Where is the revenue from ours?”
All politics are local
He called on residents to start demanding local government take action on these critical issues. “Isn’t that what government is for?”
The troubles plaguing Falmouth, he said, are a microcosm of what is happening in Washington, DC, where there is combativeness instead of cooperation.
That is where he believes he can help, having lived in Falmouth his entire life and concerned about how the town has changed since he was a child. A 1980 graduate of Falmouth High School, he received his associate’s degree from Cape Cod Community College in the mid-1990s.
He works in the construction industry and has expressed a real concern about the ability of the working class to remain in Falmouth.
“There is a lot of poverty in Falmouth and a lot of wealth disparity here,” he said.
It has forced many to move away because it has become too expensive to live here.
“Every time a family leaves, Famouth loses money,” he said. “That is less money for books in school, less sports equipment and less musical instruments. It is just unfortunate. What our community must do is protect its economy. We need to protect our coastlines and our beaches.”
That is where he believes he can have a positive impact. First, he needs to convince voters that he is the right person for the job.
Although he has come up short the past two years, he is confident that running the third time will be a charm, noting he has learned “quite a bit,” from those losses. While the failures were disappointing, he said residents are beginning to realize the value of his message.
“Finally the public is hip to it now,” he said. “They’ve woken up.”
The ability to help them, he said, is why he continues to run and hopefully will be given the opportunity to serve.
“I know the people. I grew up in this town and feel connected to the people in this community,” he said. “I really like the ability to help as many people as possible.”