Candidates for Board of Selectpeople


Doug Jones

Why do you want to run for this office?

I am eager to have the opportunity to continue to serve my hometown by providing my leadership experience, financial acumen, and community connections.

What qualifications do you have for this position?

I have served on the Board for the past six years, I have been a Town Meeting member for the past 21 years, including serving as Precinct Captain, I have also been a Library Trustee and member of the Mullen Hall School Building Committee. As a Falmouth native and graduate of FHS (class of 1979), I care deeply about the past, present, and future of this town.

What issues would you plan to address if elected? How would you do this?

I will continue to work to proceed with the construction of the senior center and the multi-purpose field at the High school by encouraging everyone to vote in favor of Question One on the May ballot. Also I have asked the town manager to assemble a committee to analyze the current fire protection coverage for the entire town.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

The beaches and coastal waterways, either for long walks in the fall, winter, or spring, or for swimming and boating in the summer.


Marc Finneran

Why do you want to run for this office?

I believe there is room for change for the better and the average taxpayer and citizen is often left out of the equation.

What qualifications do you have for this position?

I believe my knowledge gained through participating in Falmouth government for the last 15 years and my connection with it's citizens leave me quite qualified.

What issues would you plan to address if elected? How would you do this?

Better management, neglected water infrastructure and athletic fields,and a more open government to name a few. I would address these issues by simply addressing them, rather than continuing to kick the can down the road, as is the current management style.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

I love all things Falmouth, the ocean, the geography and real estate and especially the people! This is why I fight so hard to make it the best place possible for ALL!


Alexander Gessen

Why do you want to run for this office?

After the Soviet Union stripped me of my citizenship in 1981, I emigrated to the United States as a political refugee. I am proud to have arrived on American soil. I also believe that it is important for me to give back to a country that has provided me so many opportunities and freedom. The reason I am interested in running for office in the first place, is that public service, in addition to being an honor, allows a person to really give back to their community, especially when it is on a town level.

The reason I am running in this specific race is that I believe there are issues in Falmouth that need to be solved. These issues, however, are not coming to resolution in an environment that consistently has the same people running for the same offices with the same tired solutions. I believe that, if elected, I would be able to work to find new and innovative ways to confront pressing issues in town, ranging from housing affordability, to fighting the opioid epidemic, and protecting our environment.

What qualifications do you have for this position?

I have years of experience in my field of investigative computer forensics, a field that requires thorough inquiry into issues with the cooperation of the private sector and law enforcement. I would bring this deep analytical and collaborative approach to the challenges facing our town. If elected, I will actively listen to neighbors and constituents, build consensus and help guide our town to a bright future.

What issues would you plan to address if elected? How would you do this?

Like any town, Falmouth has issues that need to be solved. I believe the ones that are most pressing are housing, the opioid epidemic, our environment, and the steamship authority traffic.

I believe in the importance of housing security for all families. This means allowing seniors the choice to retire in their homes and strengthening housing opportunities for young couples to raise families in Falmouth. New housing development needs to be affordable and attainable, so we need to make every effort to minimize high-priced housing and support the building of accessory dwelling units in our town.

The opioid epidemic is the most severe public health crisis to hit Falmouth in decades. We need to do everything in our power to help those who are addicted. We need to invest in treatment and prevention. I support Falmouth joining other Cape Cod towns in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recover municipal resources used by law enforcement, first responders, school officials and human services professionals in fighting the opioid crisis.

The beauty of Falmouth’s beaches, harbors and conservation land must be preserved for generations to come. I believe in cleaning up Falmouth’s tap water to make it drinkable. I strongly support continued investment in wastewater management to ensure our coastal waterways remain clean for aquaculture, fishing and recreational use.
Solar energy is clean, abundant and safe. I support Falmouth offering incentives for residents to install solar panels on their homes and would like to see the town construct another solar array. With leading scientific institutions in our town, Falmouth should be leading the way in green energy projects.

Traffic to Martha’s Vineyard keeps growing every year, and the congestion throughout the summer and shoulder seasons is unbearable for the Falmouth Community. I would work to engage the Steamship Authority in meetings with our town and key stakeholders to find a way to divert a significant portion of the traffic, including freight, heading to and from the Vineyard to New Bedford. It’s time to find a solution.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

There are few things I enjoy as much as going to the annual parades on Main Street throughout the year. It is heartening to see the community come together for Memorial and Veterans Day. The tradition of braving the cold in December to see the Christmas Parade is one of my favorites, where I get to wave on my kids marching with their clubs, sports teams, and bands.