James Quirk is new Yarmouth selectman
Takes 60% of vote in 3-man race
I have a feeling that I won't be the only CC Today columnist to speak on the elections in Yarmouth, so I'll just give you the bare bones on this one.
Attorney James Quirk ended up winning in a landslide, taking home 60% of the vote. Quirk was one of three candidates in a veritable dogfight of an election that featured mudslinging and even gunslinging.
Quirk was holding court at the Yarmouth House after his victory. He said that he would immediately get to work on the town's sewer issues.
Quirk took 60% of the vote., with 2,583 votes. He beat out both builder Niall Hopkins and incumbent Selectman Bud Groskopf. Bud placed with 1,121, while Niall had 553 votes to show.
16,485 of Yarmouth's registered voters took part in the election, which is about 28% of the nut. A less heated election in Bourne was lucky to draw 13%, so you can chart this race down as "hotly contested."
Groskopf went down swinging, in a famous incident where he brandished a fake gun during an issues forum earlier this month. He actually drew national attention to the race. Hopkins was left to explain his 2008 bankruptcy, where he left various creditors on the hook for $1.5 million.
Quirk had his own questions to answer about an ethics violation concerning a 1990s case where he represented someone against the town while he was working for the town. That's a no-no.
However, Quirk ended up taking the majority of the vote, and he assumes office as selectman soon.
Yarmouth passes override for schools but not for firefighters
Yarmouth passed a half-million dollar Proposition 2-1/2 override to support the schools in town. if that failed, there would have been a Dennis and Yarmouth vote that would have been a hoot to cover.
The fire department lost their override bid, 2,346 to 2,064. This might cost Yarmouth 4 new firefighters.
Bourne has two new selectmen, Meier beats Barlow by 25 votes
Pete Meier was elected Selectman in Bourne by a narrow margin over Galon "Skip" Barlow. Both men have lengthy experience in town government.
The final vote was 879 to 854 in Meier's favor. The election was being held to fill the seat left vacant by Stephen Mealy.
Meier was/is a member of the planning board in town. He plans to resign his seat on the planning board to assume the Selectman position. Meier was all smiles at his victory party, held at the roatry's famous Way Ho Chinese Restaurant.
One race wasn't enough for Bourne. In a seperate election, former police chief Earl Baldwin won in a rout over new-to-town candidate Donald Montour. The final tally in this race was 1,111 to 454.
I don't know where Chief Baldwin's victory party was, but- if God has a sense of humor- it was at Dunkin' Donuts. I personally would go for the Port O' Call.
Bourne had a poor voter turnout in the elections, as a soaking rainstorm limited turnout to 1700 and change... 13.6% of the town's registered voters. Yarmouth, by contrast, had around a 28% turnout.
I'll take some of the blame there. I didn't hype these elections much. I've been in Duxbury a lot, and never got around to interviewing anyone. My bad. After that, it's on You (assuming you're from Bourne and didn't vote). I voted, but this was mostly because Precinct 1 in Buzzards Bay has someone selling cookies every election, and I wanted some.