4 candidates seek 2 Falmouth Town Council seats

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FALMOUTH — Four candidates are competing to replace two town councilors in the June election.

Monday, April 30, was the deadline for candidates for the Town Council and School Board to submit nomination papers to appear on the ballot.

Councilors Fred Chase and Will Armitage are leaving; Chase decided not to seek re-election, and Armitage is term limited. The candidates competing for their seats are Russell Anderson, Bryan Dench, Karen Farber and Sean Mahoney.

Anderson is new to public office. He and his wife, Beth, have lived in Falmouth for 20 years; they have three children. He owns a management company, Anderson Solutions.

Dench has lived in Falmouth since 2009, after living in Poland for 20 years. He is chairman of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott in Auburn, where he has been an attorney for 37 years. He and his wife, Susan, have five children and one grandchild.

Dench frequently represents Sun Media Group, the parent company of The Forecaster.

Farber, a non-attorney advocate with the Disability Rights Center, served two consecutive three-year terms on the School Board, and led the Elementary School Design and Building Group, the superintendent search and the Policy Committee. She was also a member of the town’s Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee, now the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee, and a past co-chairwoman of the Falmouth High School PTO.

Mahoney, a father of three children, grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Falmouth 14 years ago. He is an attorney specializing in environmental law for the Conservation Law Foundation, a former president of the Falmouth Land Trust and past member of the Falmouth Conservation Commission.

There are two candidates for two School Board seats now held by Andrew Kinley and Rachel Reed: Diedre Conroy-Vella and Kinley, who is seeking re-election.

Conroy-Vella was born in Dublin, Ireland, and came to Falmouth in 1999 after living in Boston for several years. She was formerly a doctor in a primary-care family practice, but is now a homemaker. She and her husband, John, have two children.

This is Conroy-Vella’s first time seeking public office. She is vice president of the Falmouth Music Parents Association and editor of the Falmouth Middle School yearbook.

Kinley, a self-employed computer consultant, has lived in Falmouth since 2007 and has served one term on the School Board, where he is the chairman of the Finance Committee. He and his wife, Melissa, have three children.

Voting on June 12 is at the Falmouth High School gym.

Amber Cronin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 115 or acronin@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @croninamber.