Bumpus Loses by Wide Margin - All Three Debt Exclusion Questions Pass
Challenger Brent Putnam cruised into office with a decisive victory in the race for Falmouth Selectman tonight, stunning incumbent Catherine Bumpus as the top vote-getter in a hotly contested race. Campaigning on a theme of "We can do better," Putnam garnered a total of 5,293 votes based on unofficial results posted by Town Clerk Michael Palmer. Two-term veteran Ahmed Mustafa was returned to office with a tally of 5,153, while Bumpus, in a stinging rebuke of village-centric politics, lagged behind with a disappointing total of 3,851.
Although many pundits envisioned Bumpus at the top of the ballot due to her strength in Falmouth's precinct 1 (Woods Hole), a high turnout in the town's other precincts doomed her bid for a second term. Overall turnout was over 44%, a number higher than expected. Putnam enjoyed a first-place finish in precincts 3,4,7,8, & 9. Mustafa wound up on top in precincts 2,5, and 6, and Bumpus carried her home precinct 1. Putnam hails from precinct 9, Mustafa calls precinct 4 home. All three candidates easily won Town Meeting seats in their precincts.
Incumbents also fell in other contested races, as School Committee veteran Cynthia Cook and Housing Authority incumbent Peter Clark were defeated in their re-election bids. Rebecca Moffitt, Terri Medeiros, and Donna Mattison-Earls with take the oath as new School Committee Members, as will Ernest Mayberry for the Authority.
Former long-time Library Trustee Otis Porter will re-join his former colleagues, as he and incumbent Barbara Espey easily won seats on the library's governing board.
Voters also gave the School Building Committee a vote of confidence in approving the $18.8 million requested to finish Falmouth High School, as well as $3.2 million for the Department of Public Works capital and infrastructure needs and $1.85 million for the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department for equipment upgrades. The School question passed by a comfortable margin of 4,426 - 3,916; the DPW question tally was a slimmer 4,145 - 4,010; and the Fire Department won comfortably with numbers of 4,755 - 3,432.