Filing deadline nears for Falmouth candidates

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FALMOUTH — With less than a week left until the filing deadline, only four candidates had returned nominating petitions for the five Town Council and School Board seats on the June election ballot.

David Goldberg and Claudia King have returned papers for two of the three seats on the Town Council, according to Town Clerk Ellen Planer. Russ Anderson, who ran unsuccessfully last year, has taken out papers, but has not returned them, Planer said Monday.

The clerk said four people have taken out nomination papers for two School Board seats: Caryn Bickerstaff, Susan Coughlin, Michael Doyle and Claire Harrington. Only Bickerstaff and Doyle have returned their papers, she said.

Candidates must submit at least 25 signatures, but no more than 100, by Monday, April 29, to earn a place on the June 11 ballot.

Nomination papers for each of the two-year terms are available from the clerk’s office until the filing deadline.

Town Council Chairwoman Faith Varney and School Board members Chris Murry Jr. and David Snow are not seeking re-election. Councilors Tony Payne and Bonny Rodden have each reached the term limit of six consecutive years.

Amber Cronin can be reached at or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.