It's Flynn and Braga in Falmouth

Voters Say No to Three Term Incumbent Murphy and Two of Three Tax Initiatives

In a stunning upset victory, Falmouth voters elected political neophyte David Braga to the Board of Selectmen tonight, besting three-term incumbent Carey Murphy by a comfortable 208 vote margin. Twelve year veteran Mary "Pat" Flynn was also elected to her fifth term, making her one of the town's longest serving Selectmen. 

Veteran Town Clerk Michael Palmer was the night's top vote getter, cruising to another term with 4,395 votes in an unopposed race.

Voters also nixed two of three ballot initiatives which would have raised taxes, opting only for the passage of question 2, which sought $650,000 to repair two elementary school roofs.  Questions 1, which sought capital funds for routine items such as police cruisers and building repairs, was soundly defeatedby nearly 400 votes.  Question 3, which sought additional funds to repair and reconstruct the bulkhead and piers at the Falmouth Inner Harbor, also went down to defeat.  A fourth question which asked to validate a change in the charter to accomodate the terms of members of the Zoning Board of Appeals, passed by a wide margin.

In a School Committee race without opposition, newcomer Ellen Yoder was the top vote getter, besting incumbents Judith Fenwick and Samuel Patterson.  All three candidates were elected.

The replacement of the veteran Murphy with newcomer Braga comes at a time when several significant issues are at the forefront of the Board's work.  A major sewer initiative, declining revenues, and a rocky relationship between the Board and the Town Manager will meet Braga as he takes a seat in the corner conference room next week.  A Falmouth native and 30 year veteran of the Falmouth Police Department, Braga gained election through grass roots campaign work  and a message of transparency.

The unofficial results are:

SELECTMAN

Mary "Pat" Flynn - 3,098

David Braga - 2,624

Carey Murphy - 2,416

David Moriarty - 2,099

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Ellen W. Yoder - 3,656

Judith Fenwick - 3,636

Samuel Patterson - 3,519

BALLOT QUESTION 1  - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Yes - 2,588

No - 2,964

BALLOT QUESTION 2 - SCHOOL ROOFS

Yes - 3,111

No - 2,456

BALLOT QUESTION 3 - INNER HARBOR REPAIRS & RECONSTRUCTION

Yes - 2,529

No - 2,896

BALLOT QUESTION 4 - CHARTER CHANGE FOR ZBA

Yes - 3,857

No - 1,494

 

 

 

 

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