Candidates for Town Meeting Member: Precinct 5


Charles McCaffrey

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I care about Falmouth as a community, as a special place, and as a rich environment. I also have had a long career as an urban planner specializing in coastal zone management and have useful knowledge to share.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Preserving its history and character while achieving sustainable growth for future prosperity.
Achieving better adaptation to future storms and sea level rise.
Increasing the diversity of housing choices.
Improving water quality and the health of our natural resources

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Kayaking in the headwaters of our ponds and bays
Watching the sunset at Old Siver Beach
Dining on local seafood at one of many local restaurants
Entertaining visitors to Falmouth


James Callahan

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I spent many years here in the summer and now as a full time resident, I want to continue to be actively involved in the town as it moves into the future for all its citizens. I have been a Town Meeting Member for over six years and being part of this truly democratic process, representing my friends and family in Precinct 5, is an honor I hope to continue.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

I am concerned about the need for affordable housing so that younger families have the opportunity to live in this great town. I am concerned about our public schools and the need to have salaries for our teachers to attract the very best. I am concerned about our waste water issues and the need to protect our coastlines. I am concerned about green space and our need to plan for growth very carefully to preserve the character of the town that is open and welcoming to all.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

I play tennis at the Sports Center, and take advantage of our beautiful bike path in season, riding into town for coffee at Coffee O. I also walk the beaches, take visitors to the Knob, and, of course, as we all do, entertain friends and family at home. You really would not want to live anywhere else, even in the winter!


Charlotte Harris

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I love Falmouth and want to preserve its best features - the beaches, the traditional scale and character of its buildings, the solid support for a wide variety of non-profits. And, I want to help support the schools, parks, recreational areas, police, DPW, and fire fighters and all the other public services that make Falmouth a fine place to live. For the 27 years I've been a home owner here I've followed local government closely and now feel I know the issues and impacts well enough to contribute to Town Meeting in a positive way.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

My main issues are conservation, preservation, and affordable housing. I'm concerned with land use and development from a conservation point of view to maintain our open land and single source aquifer, and from a design point of view to preserve the traditional character of homes and businesses. I'm concerned about increasing the supply of affordable housing so that young single people, young families, and downsizing seniors can live here, and so that we can maintain and increase the economic and racial diversity of people who live here. Where and how to increase residential density in a way that's fair to all parts of the town is an important issue for North Falmouth and every other Falmouth village.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

I've got four favorites places to be: my church, Falmouth Art Center, Nobska Light House, and my house and garden. I love getting together with my friends, getting involved in community projects, and reading, and gardening.


Rosemary Carey

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I'm running to be a Town Meeting member because I want to contribute my skills and passion to Falmouth's vibrant civic community.

After vacationing in Falmouth every year of my life, my husband and I moved here full-time in 2017. I am a freelance business writer with a focus on sustainability. I'm also a mom, an ardent environmental activist, and a volunteer in the health care and housing space. While my current workload and volunteer activity are highly rewarding, i wish to join the Town's policy-making process. A seat on Town Meeting would give me that opportunity. I hope to receive your vote.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Broadly speaking, issues related to the environment have always driven my passion and activism, and no doubt will continue to animate me: transitioning to a renewable energy economy, protecting water quality, coastal resiliency, energy conservation, conserving open spaces. And of course, a peaceful and fair resolution of the wind turbine issue. I also have a desire to work for preserving Falmouth's unique character and quality of life.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

It's a tie between swimming at Chappy Beach in June and Zumba at my gym in East Falmouth.


Mary Harris

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

Falmouth is a well-run town with a fair tax rate, good schools, and now a AAA bond rating (the highest) from Standard & Poors.  I have been a member of the Town Finance Committee for three years and have a great interest in keeping Falmouth the fine town is is now.  We lived in Falmouth since 1991 and our parents moved here in 1978. I am running for re-election to Town Meeting because I believe in participating in the democratic process.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Short term -  a final solution to the wind turbine issue.  Long term - creative adaptation for coastal resiliency.  Very local for Precinct 5 - a round about at the intersection of Route 28A and Route 151.   I'm very hopeful the Town will vote in support of a new multi-purpose athletic field at the High School.  For 20 years the School Committee has wanted to bring the sports teams back to the High School. Now is the time to do it.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

The view from Nobska Light.  The lectures at the Museums on the Green and the MBL Forum.  Eight Cousins bookstore. Exhibits at Highfield Hall. The walking trails at Bourne's Farm.  Trip to the Town dump for recycling.


Aileen Kirwin

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I am running to be a Town Meeting member because I believe civic participation from a diverse range of viewpoints is so important to the healthy functioning of our town, and hopefully I can contribute to that range.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Some of the issues in Falmouth that I am concerned with are the lack of affordable housing in our town, the need to strongly support education, being vigilant about our impact on our environment around us, support for our aging population, the lack of public transportation and the opioid crisis. Oftentimes I have felt that many view the interests of our aging population as competing with the interests of younger generations in town, but I hope that there are ways that we can find solutions to some problems that address the needs of both. For instance, I believe that strengthening public transportation in our town would benefit both the young and old, and that we should encourage the development of intergenerational affordable housing.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

One of my favorite activities is running or biking on the bike path. The views always remind me how fortunate I am to have grown up here.