Mary Pat Flynn and Rebecca Moffitt Voted in as Selectmen; Turbine Measure Fails
By: Christopher Kazarian
In recent years voter turnout in Falmouth's local elections has hovered around 20 percent. But that number jumped to 37.6 percent today as a contested selectmen's race and a ballot question asking residents to fund the removal of the town-owned wind turbines at the Wastewater Treatment Facility drew a steady stream of voters to the polls.
Voters soundly defeated ballot Question 2 which would have set a precedent not only in the state, but the nation if voters had gone ahead and supported the measure to take down the turbines which have been a source of contention since the first one became operational in March 2010. Over 67 percent of the electorate (6,001 voters) voted against the question while 32.8 percent (2,940 voters) were in favor of it.
In the selectmen's race incumbent Mary (Pat) Flynn is returning for her sixth term on the board. She garnered the most votes, 4,368, followed by School Committee Chairman Rebecca Moffitt with 3,540 votes. Marc P. Finneran of Trotting Park Road, Teaticket, an outspoken critic of Falmouth town government, was third with 3,246 votes.
Voters also passed Question 1 with 58.2 percent, or 5,094 voters, in favor of funding the design of a filtration plant for Long Pond as well as the design for sewering Little Pond and the widening of the Bournes Pond inlet, both of which are tied to the town's efforts to clean up its estuaries.
For more details on today's election and reactions from residents, including Ms. Flynn, Ms. Moffitt and Mr. Finneran, on the results pick up Friday's Falmouth Enterprise.