3 candidates for Falmouth council; Mahoney opts out

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FALMOUTH — Three candidates will be on the ballot for two Town Council seats in the June 9 town election.

Barring any write-in candidates, there will be two uncontested School Board races.

The deadline for filing nomination papers was 5 p.m. Monday.

Council Chairwoman Karen Farber is seeking her second term, and Councilor Sean Mahoney did not take out papers for a second term. Councilors are limited to two consecutive three-year terms.

On Tuesday, Mahoney said his decision not to seek re-election was difficult, because he has enjoyed working with his fellow councilors and town staff, but it was ultimately based on time demands.

“It’s just become too much for me, given my current work at the Conservation Law Foundation,” Mahoney said.

When he first ran for office Mahoney was in charge of the foundation’s Maine office. He said he has since become the vice president of the foundation, and has much more “time-intensive” work responsibilities, including travel to Boston for a few days each week.

“It’s become too hard to put in the time the position deserves and the town deserves,” Mahoney said.

Former Town Councilor Edward Kitchel and first-time candidate John Winslow are the other council candidates.

On the School Board, Chairman Andrew Kinley, who has served since 2009, is termed out.

Board member Dee Conroy-Vella is seeking a second term, joined by first-time candidate Cindy Han.

“Although Falmouth Schools have the reputation of being great, and rightly so, I want to help make sure we’re constantly seeking ways to improve and to be willing to change ‘the way it’s always been done,'” Han said in an email on April 24.

Voters will also decide the fiscal year 2016 school budget of nearly $33.3 million, a nearly 5 percent budget increase from this year.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

Reporter covering the Portland Public School District as well as the town of Falmouth for The Forecaster. Can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net.