Rodden, Payne re-elected to Falmouth council; Varney wins 3rd seat

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FALMOUTH — Nearly 4,000 voters turned out in Falmouth on Tuesday, more than double the last primary election.

Incumbent Councilors Tony Payne and Bonny Rodden were re-elected to the Town Council, but Faith Varney received the most votes to take the third open position on the council.

The unofficial tally had Varney with 2,095 votes, Payne with 2,001 and Rodden with 1,757.

“I’m glad I won and grateful for the support and warmth I witnessed at the polls today,” Rodden said.

Payne expressed similar sentiments.

“It was a good showing,” he said. “I’m very grateful to everyone who showed up today.”

Varney could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Candidates Barbara DiBiase and David Murray also made strong showings, with 1,658 and 1,602 respectively.

“I want to thank Bonny Rodden for being so supportive and inclusive,” DiBiase said, “and all the residents of Falmouth for showing what a great town we live in.”

“I wish the winners the best. The voters have had their say,” Murray said.

School Board

David Snow and Chris Murry Jr. were elected to the two open positions on the School Board, Snow with 1,696 votes and Murry with 1,505 votes in an unofficial tally.

“I think it’s a reflection of the positive message I brought to the debate,” Murry said.

Snow could not be reached for comment.

Candidates Marna Miller and Audrey Grassman had 1,381 and 1,137 votes respectively.

At the polls

One woman leaving the polls said she had a neighbor running for Town Council, which had inspired to her to come out to vote.

Chris Whiting, 18, was voting for the first time.

“I came out to vote for the School Board candidates,” Whiting said.

He said he supported David Snow and Marna Miller for the positions.

At noon, more than 2,000 voters had come through the high school to cast their ballots, and by the time the polls closed at 8 p.m., approximately 3,900 had come through.

As of May 28, Falmouth had 9,100 registered voters.

Beyond the polls

There were a number of organizations and individuals waiting on the other side of the polls to meet with voters about town and county issues. The Falmouth Conservation Commission, Recycling Committee, Historical Society and Democratic Committee all had tables set up.

The Cumberland County Charter Commission was handing out fliers on the November vote to create a charter for Cumberland County, which does not currently have one.

Falmouth resident Michael Doyle was collecting signatures for a petition to recall Councilor Cathy Breen from the Town Council. He collected 38, in what he said was his first day of work to gather the approximately 900 needed to force a recall vote.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or