Falmouth Town Council leaders not seeking re-election

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FALMOUTH — Three current office holders, including the Town Council chairman and vice chairman, have decided not to seek re-election.

Nomination papers were due back to the town clerk on Monday, May 2, for three council seats and two School Board positions on the June 14 election ballot. All are for three-year terms.

Barring the emergence of write-in candidates, none of the elections will be contested.

Only Councilor Claudia King returned papers for a second term on the council. Chairman David Goldberg, completing his first year as chairman, did not take out papers. Vice Chairman Russell Anderson took out papers, but did not return them. Anderson is also completing his first year as vice chairman.

On Tuesday, Goldberg said it was a very hard decision to not run again, and he had intended to seek a second term. But he said over the last year his advertising agency work has become busier, requiring him to travel frequently.

“I didn’t feel like I could fully fulfill what is expected of me,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg said he is considers this a pause, and may run again for council in the future.

Anderson on Tuesday said he enjoyed the council work, but when he balanced everything out, with commitments both personally and professionally, he didn’t feel he would be able to commit to a full three-year term.

“I feel it’s important for anyone coming on the council to work hard for the full three years, and I didn’t feel like I was in that position,” he said.

Goldberg’s and Anderson’s seats will go vacant, because Aaron Svedlow and Andrea Ferrante took out and returned nomination papers for the council. Ferrante is the chairwoman of the Route 100 Committee; Svedlow is a member of the Conservation Commission.

On the School Board, Caryn Bickerstaff returned nomination papers for re-election, but Clare Harrington did not. Harrington was not available for comment.

Jennifer Libby also turned in papers for the second School Board seat.

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

 

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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.