Candidates for Town Meeting Member: Precinct 8


Karen Schwalbe

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

A democratic society is predicated on civic engagement - a grand way to say every voice matters.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Preserving our agricultural land, developing a resilient community, maintaining vibrant villages, supporting our schools.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

It's hard to choose! Our farms, open spaces and beaches are amazing places. Petersen Farm, The Knob and Souza Forest/Dupee Parcel - not necessarily in that order.


Scott Bennett

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

Affordable housing, immigrants rights, and environmental management/protection.

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Little Sippewissett Marsh, low tide.


Joanna Bennett-write in candidate

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I did not intend to run but after attending my first town meeting this week, I was shocked and dismayed by the amount of misinformation, fear-mongering, and libertarianism on display. The town needs young, progressive, and informed voices to speak up and start influencing policy.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

-Housing crisis (lack of affordability and units)
-Opiod crisis as it specifically pertains to our town and providing support and solutions to those suffering from addiction
-Ensuring that our town does not become a fully seasonal retirement community by stimulating year-round business and residency

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

I love to take my son down to Woods Hole and visit MBL and the playgrounds there. Both the Falmouth and Woods Hole libraries are wonderful and staffed with great people. We also like to walk Main street from Coffee O down to the library lawn. We get to see all our friends out and about and visit some of the local businesses.


Jay Zavala

Why are you running to be a Town Meeting member?

I consider it a civic responsibility to serve and an opportunity to contribute.

Safety, Transportation, Water Quality, Environmental Responsibility, Education, Business Opportunity, Municipal Governance.

What issues in Falmouth are you most concerned about?

What is your favorite place or activity in Falmouth?

Safety, Transportation, Water Quality, Environmental Responsibility, Education, Business Opportunity, Municipal Governance.

I enjoy the greater outdoors, physical activity, and the pubic library..