Close Race In Bourne; Quirk wins in Yarmouth; Recount Possible In Falmouth

6 Votes separate Boudeur, Murphy in Falmouth

Falmouth seems poised to return two men to the Board Of Selectmen.
Brent Putnam and Kevin Murphy won a tight race last nice in the Falmouth. Putnam was running as an incumbent, and Murphy had served as a Selectman before.

Putnam wins easily
   Putnam took in 3127 votes, giving him a solid victory. Kevin Murphy hung on by a half-dozen votes to beat former Fire Chief 
Paul Brodeur, 2919 to 2913.
   Town Clerk Michael Palmer said that the possibility of a recount was very strong.
David "Professor" Moriarty took home a thanks-for-coming 1397 respectable votes.
   Catherine Bumpus, a former selectwoman, launched a last-minute write-in campaign. 1414 write-in votes were submitted, nearly 12% of the vote. Palmer didn't say how many of those votes were for Bumpus.
   Falmouth showed and proved with a 26% voter turnout, not too shabby for a rainy night when the Bruins had a playoff game.
Also on the menu last night were....
- $1.5 million in sewer repairs were approved.
- A $2.7 million study on a wastewater management feasibility got the necessary votes.
- Another $800K was barely approved to study the feasibility of a water treatment plant at Long Pond.
- A $360K bid to buy 5 new police cars and to fix the roof at the Falmouth fire station was shot down.
- Ralph Herbst and CCToday friend Richard Latimer won re-election to the planning board, but Robert Volosevich was ousted from his seat by newcomer James Fox.

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.

Also...

  • - In a fatal-four-way for the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School Committee, Andrea St. Germain and John Poole emerged from the fray with the most scalps, gaining admission to the DYSC. A. Douglas "Mister" Peabody placed third, and Michael Shea was thanked for taking part.
  • A temporary tax increase was approved to work on the Flax Pond Recreation Area.
  • A temporary tax increase to fund $780,000 worth of capital projects was shot down by 6 votes.

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.

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