Candidates for Town Meeting Member: Precinct 1 


Debbe Carlisle

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I am running so that I can contribute my skills and knowledge to the Town's decision-making process, because I care about the welfare of Falmouth's citizens and families. I've lived in Falmouth for 8 years after retiring from my job as a corporate tax lawyer, and over this period have learned about the many issues that impact Falmouth. I have adopted Falmouth as my forever home, and now work in Falmouth, as well as volunteer. Being elected as a Town Meeting member will allow me to also serve the Town that I have come to love.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

There is stiff competition in Falmouth across the board for funds. Funding is needed for schools, assistance to low income families and the elderly, drug rehabilitation, conservation, maintenance and improvement of Town facilities, to name a few. I am most concerned that these needs are evaluated fairly and collectively, with an attitude that we are all in this together, and that a program that benefits one group really benefits us all.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

My favorite places are the outdoor treasures of Falmouth -- I love to go for long walks on Chappy Beach - off season when you can walk for miles to the end - and in Beebe woods, where it feels like you're in a Robert Frost poem. I grew up in a big city and never paid any attention to nature before moving to Falmouth, and now it has become a passion of mine. Another Falmouth treasure are the local organizations such as WHOI and MBL, who provide opportunities to learn about science, history, and other societies, through lectures and films - which are amazingly offered for free.


Eric Turkington

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

To help provide experience, information, and common sense to town meeting deliberations.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

restoring our 15 estuaries to health; creating workforce housing

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

walking our town's beaches and conservation lands

 


Jim Fox

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I think it is important to have town meeting members that are active participants in all facets of our town government. We need to have a balanced approach to solving the issues of housing, urban sprawl, water quality and coastal resiliency. I think that our beaches and access to them is what makes Falmouth “nice”. The public access to our waterfront areas is what differentiates Falmouth from our neighboring communities. And over the next few decades the decisions that TM makes will have far reaching and long-lasting effects on the future of our town. I have been elected to TM from precinct 4 and 2 and am a long-time candidate for precinct 1. I have served on the beach committee, the town building committee for the Fire Station and presently on the EDIC, developing the Solar Project at the landfill and the redevelopment of the Falmouth Station. As an elected member of the Planning board I have helped to pass the accessory apartment bylaw. And I am working on the Davis Straights redevelopment project.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

We need to have a balanced approach to solving the issues of housing, urban sprawl, water quality and coastal resiliency.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Going to the beach. I go to the beach about 200 times a year, and swim about 100 days of the year.


William Shultz

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I want to take a part in how Falmouth progresses into the future.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Steamship Authority and traffic.

On a global and local level we must find alternative power sources and soon! BUT, although we must act quickly, we must proceed with a clear understanding of how best to do it. Sadly, I think it's clear that Falmouth, with the very best of intentions, has succeeded in giving wind power a bad reputation in many New England communities.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Music, movies, and boating


Doug Jones

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I am eager to continue to represent my town and my precinct in the most democratic form of government. This past town meeting was a terrific example of how the system can work to produce meaningful, thoughtful, and intelligent debate resulting in informed decisions.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Moving forward with the new senior center, passing Question One on the May Ballot in support of the new multi-purpose field at the high, coastal resiliency and wastewater issues, and adequate fire protection for the entire town.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Enjoying the beaches and coastal waterways, either sunrise or sunset walks during the entire year or swimming and boating during the summer.


Peter Clark

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I respect the role that Town Meeting offers for direct exchange, for listening to the ideas of others, and for exercising the responsibility to vote on town issues.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

I served for 9 years on the Community Preservation Committee and remain very concerned about the impact of affordable housing, recreation, historic preservation, and open space in creating a desirable community. I served as superintendent of schools, so I am devoted to the need for good public education. I have signed up to serve on the Charter Review Committee to see if we can refine the processes to produce informed and active debate on issues.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

The Knob is a favorite walk; the Library is great Town resource; the Arts Alive spring weekend showcases local artistic skills.


Judith Fenwick

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

Town meeting is a venerable institution dating back to 1686. I have proudly served 5 terms as a Town Meeting member for Precinct 1, and feel the need to keep improving the link between my constituents and Town Meeting, being more accessible as a true representative.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

1) Affordable housing and jobs with a living wage for Falmouth’s younger population.
2) Robust public education pre-K—Grade 12, and access to higher education.
3) Continued acquisition of open space.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Walking with my dog in Beebe Woods and Peterson Farm.


Virginia Land McGuire

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I came to Falmouth in 1993, having grown up in a large suburban region where it never seemed that an individual could have much impact. Every day, living in Falmouth reminds me how important individual members of our community can be. I've followed developments in our town and its villages for years, and now feel that I've learned enough and lived enough to begin to weigh in with my own contributions to the conversation.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

I care deeply about our schools (I have a fourth grader and a fifth grader), their leadership, and the challenges our students, teachers, and administrators face today and will face in the coming years.

I hope to encourage thoughtful decision-making about the ferries which connect us to our island neighbors, anchor a portion of our economy, and uniquely impact lives in my precinct.

I care about our open spaces, both terrestrial and marine, and our ability to steward them through the years so that residents and visitors alike might continue to explore and enjoy them for generations to come.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

There is a small section of public beach at the end off Elm Road, maybe fifty rocky yards between to jetties, where my family and I have gone throughout every season for the past thirteen years. It's nothing spectacular, but it is walk-able from our home and affords a connection to the sea that is a singularly appealing feature of life in Falmouth. I LOVE watching 4th of July fireworks from this beach. It's always full of neighbors and friends, but somehow never too crowded, on that night.


Victoria Lowell

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I am a long time town meeting member with many years of involvement in town government and other community organizations. I like being able to bring my historical perspective and experience to helping make decisions on issues facing the town.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Maintaining the ability to invest wisely in the services and infrastructure that make a community that works well for all its residents.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

It is impossible for me to have only one favorite. I enjoy bicycling, swimming, walking in open spaces and the variety of high quality cultural activities available in town.


John Nolan

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I always marveled at the interest and involvement of Falmouth residents in public affairs when I was a part-time resident. My wife and I finally decided to call Falmouth home and settle here last year. Now, as a full-time citizen, I want to be an active participant.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

While many important issues face Falmouth, these three items concern me the most-

1. Impact of Martha's Vineyard ferry traffic: The increasing volume of the traffic heading to the ferry, especially heavy semis and construction vehicles, is not merely a traffic and noise issue, but a significant congestion problem in the small port area of Woods Hole. An analysis of alternate transportation methods and ports to support Marthas Vineyard would seem in order. I participate in the Southeast MA Regional Transportation citizen task force (SMART) which is working with local governments and authorities to address the future needs of transportation on the Cape.

2. Effect of global climate change on the Cape: As a community, we must continue our vigilance in shrinking our own carbon footprint while adapting our town's infrastructure to address rising sea levels.

3. Quality of our children's parks and fields: It is time to restore our town's parks and playing fields to safe and usable conditions for our children (and grandchildren). Many parks like Trotting Park are in disrepair, and we need to ensure the town budgets for their improvement in upcoming warrants.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

My favorite place is Black Beach, where my wife Maureen and I love to walk in all seasons (even in the snow). I also enjoy bike riding with our "Freewheelers" group, attending local theater, enjoying a pint at Liam's, running the Falmouth Road Race, model railroading, playing golf, and doing taxes. In fact, recently, I was certified to work as a volunteer tax preparation consultant and enjoyed working with many local residents on their 2017 returns. Falmouth gives us all the beauty of the Cape with a year round calendar of activity.


Lysbeth Abrams

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I have wanted to be a Town Meeting member for a long time, and with the last of my sons off at college, I have a window of opportunity to devote to this job. I grew up in a New England town with an open town meeting, and I feel that Town Meeting is one of the purest forms of true democracy.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

I am concerned about long term sustainability of our town, on a few fronts.

I would like to see a more diverse population age-wise. How do we create the types of work that will not only keep our young people here, but bring others? Yet we also need to maintain and encourage our strong senior presence. We also need to deal with issues of race. Going into the future, I think this is going to be one of the major issues of our time. We are all humans. I love this country and I have faith in our capacity to come together.

I am also concerned about what our environment is going to be like in the future. How will climate change affect our lives? What kind of planning can the town do to address this?

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

My favorite place is the Falmouth Public Library, of course!! I have been a Falmouth Public Library Trustee since 2001, and I am currently chair. My boys pretty much grew up in our library. As a young mother fairly new to Falmouth, we naturally gravitated to the library. We were always welcome. The staff is more than just library staff, they are life coaches, advisors, mentors, and friends. I truly feel that so many of my friendships and the opportunities that have come my way over the years would not have happened without the library. We are fortunate to have what I think is the best library system on the Cape.