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Three Falmouth residents are seeking seats on the Select Board. Here’s who they are.

Falmouth will hold its annual municipal elections on Tuesday. The races for school committee and select board are contested, and there is one ballot question.

Other positions on the ballot include positions on the Planning Board, the Library Board of Trustees, the Housing Authority, various municipal district membership positions and the Municipal Light Board.

Current Select Board member Onjalé Scott Price is not running for re-election, and in her place the candidates seeking office are Thomas Zine, Heather Goldstone and Richard Duby.

Four candidates running for three School Committee seats are Kelly Welch, Katarina Nevin, Christopher Mathews and Glenda Cohen. Of the four candidates, Welch is the only incumbent running for re-election.

Both the seats on the Select Board and the School Committee are for a three-year term.

When? Where?

There are nine precinct locations where residents can cast their ballots on Tuesday, and they can be found here on the City of Falmouth’s website. Sample ballots can also be found on the website.

Select Board Race

Thomas Zine

In a news release on his Facebook page, retired Massachusetts State Trooper and U.S. Army veteran Thomas Zine said he has a 30-year history of public service in Falmouth. Zine is a multi-sport athletic coach who currently serves on the Recreation Committee, as well as being a founding member of the Save Sandwich Road Now coalition working to save their neighborhoods from the environmental impacts of a 300-home housing project.

“My experience as a police officer and coach has allowed me to hear what is important to the people of Falmouth,” Zine said. “The ability to listen to diverse community representation allows me to incorporate these issues into my work on the Select Board.”

Heather Goldstone

“I am running for Select Board because I care deeply about Falmouth,” Goldstone said. “I have been here all my adult life and it is the only home my children have known. We are facing multiple issues that have reached crisis points, including viable housing, water quality and coastal resilience, and I want to see us make progress so that Falmouth can be the thriving, diverse and resilient community we all deserve.”

Goldstone said she brings a unique set of skills and experiences.

“As a working mother of three children in Falmouth Public Schools, I am acutely aware of what is at stake,” she said. “With a PhD from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and more than a decade as a local public radio journalist, I have a base of knowledge about the issues facing our region, and I’m not afraid to dive into the data and complexities.”

As an interviewer and trained facilitator, Goldstone says she knows “how to bring out different perspectives and ask the questions that get to the heart of the matter, uncover connections, open opportunities and move important conversations forward. I’m excited to work for the future of Falmouth.”

Richard Duby

Spurred to run for a seat on the Select Board because he witnessed what he believed was dysfunction surrounding the firing and hiring of previous and current town managers, Richard Duby has been involved in public service for several years Falmouth and gun safety advocacy.

In his capacity as former president of the Falmouth Gun Safety Coalition, Duby said he created and maintains a database that includes the serial numbers of all retail sales of firearms in the state. As a Select Board member, he said he will focus on low-income and economically disadvantaged seniors.

“We neglect the most vulnerable of our citizens, we neglect low-income earners, we neglect the elderly,” Duby said.

Race school committee

Kelly Welch

Incumbent Kelly Welch has served on the School Committee since 2014 and has served on the Town Assembly since 2011. She worked as a high school teacher before landing her current role as a health educator for the Falmouth-based nonprofit Team Maurine.

“My work over the past eleven years has been focused on reducing health care disparities,” Welch said. “And that’s something I bring to the school committee. My professional work involves a lot about imagining the barriers that people face in education, and trying to bring that thoughtfulness and that lens to my work.”

Other candidates

There are three other candidates on the ballot for School Committee: Katarina Nevin, Christopher Mathews and Glenda Cohen. Nevin, Mathews and Cohen could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Vote question

A Proposition 2 1/2 ballot question asks voters to have Falmouth pay for the bonds needed to pay for the “engineering, design and roof replacement of North Falmouth Elementary School.”

The work will include a wide range of repairs, as well as an architectural, engineering and HVAC evaluation of the costs for the future addition of air conditioning and possible addition of solar panels.

Walker Armstrong reports on all things Cape and Islands, focusing on courts, transportation and the Joint Base Cape Cod military base. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @jd__walker.

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