Candidates for Town Meeting Member: Precinct 2


Karen Bissonnette

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

Because I am interested and care about our community

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Affordable housing
An aging community
Water and sewer

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Beaches
Bike path
Main Street


Gerald Potamis

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

Town Meeting is the epicenter of the legislative process in Falmouth. I want to be part of the process and will make informed decisions impacting Precinct 2 and Falmouth. I will discuss issues with everyone that reaches out to me and can represent you at various meetings of elected officials. A Town Meeting Member responsibility is a year-round commitment.

I would appreciate your vote on May 15th

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Town Meeting articles are very important to Falmouth. It decides operating and capital budgets, bylaws and questions for the ballot. These are the priority issues for Falmouth which are discussed each spring and fall. They have both long and short-term consequences. We all view these issues from a different perspective that at a minimum involves our age, economic situation and individual back grounds. The issues are controversial and complex. Town Meeting discussions helps inform our Selectmen, Planning and School Boards as well as other committees to be used in their deliberations.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Falmouth Heights Beach


Sandra Faiman-Silva

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I am a long-time Falmouth resident and my three sons attended Falmouth Public Schools. I have participated actively in various Falmouth, regional and national anti-racism, environmental, and peace & social justice organizations, including No Place for Hate-Falmouth, FDTC, the Falmouth Jewish Congregation, Falmouth Diversity 2000, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and other peace and justice organizations. I am currently President of the Independence House, Inc. Board of Directors, and a member of the Falmouth Art Center and Coalition for Social Justice Boards. My background as a public school educator--K-higher ed, as a campus and faculty (MSCA) Union leader for over thirty years, and as an active community member, give me extensive experience with schools, faculty leadership, and concerns pertaining to living in and raising children in Falmouth. I am eager to serve Falmouth by offering ideas and insist into challenges and opportunities Falmouth faces in the years to come.

I’m Passionate About:
• Social justice, civil rights, anti-racism, environmental protection, safe, clean energy, health care for all,
the safety of our diverse citizenry; full support for seniors, low income individuals, and people with differing abilities.
• Continuing excellence in the Falmouth Public Schools by insuring investment in our schools as the bedrock of well-
informed citizens;

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

I’m very concerned about:

• Building and maintaining a community culture that celebrates diversity in all our institutions: schools, housing, and
civic life;
• Combating Cape Cod’s opioid crisis by investing in education, outreach, treatment, and activities that enrich all
segments of our community—youth, adults, and elders;
• Affordable housing for our citizens: individuals and families, young adults, seniors, workers, and low-income
citizens;
• Protecting Falmouth’s fragile coastline, waterways, and Mother Earth for generations to come;
. Maintaining the excellence of Falmouth Public Schools, by protecting full school funding to continue our vigorous Public School System;
• Eliminating domestic and sexual violence through education, outreach, and treatment, including expanding Falmouth
Public Schools’ Mentors in Violence Prevention Programs.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

My favorite places in Falmouth include those in my own Precinct 2: our lovely downtown, our downtown beaches, and Falmouth Harbor. I very much also enjoy the Falmouth Art Center (also in Precinct 2), where I have the opportunity to both serve on the Board of Directors and participate in our amazing pottery program. I also enjoy bicycle-riding, ceramics, and photography.