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New Democratic candidate in Falmouth race; supervisor and school board candidates withdraw
Several changes have been brewing in the Falmouth District race.
The Democratic Party announced a new candidate for the Board of Supervisors today, after the previous one dropped out last month. A School Board candidate in the same district also left.
Former supervisor David Beiler notified the party on Aug. 15 that he intended to withdraw, and the Registrar’s Office was notified Aug. 21. The deadline for parties to replace any candidates withdrawing before ballots are printed was last Friday.
Nicolas Re withdrew as the Falmouth School Board candidate in a letter dated Aug. 15, that the Registrar’s Office received Aug. 19.
Setzer, the new Democratic candidate in the three-way race to be Falmouth Supervisor, a seat being vacated by current chairwoman Susan Stimpson, worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for 35 years. She retired in January, as the FAA’s nationwide manager for terminal airspace. Setzer and her husband, Bill, live in Woodland Woods.
She is running under the theme, “Breaking Barriers,” according to a release.
“We need to tackle the issues of today in funding for our schools, correcting our stalled transportation system, and attracting businesses that diversify our economy,” Setzer said. “But we also need to plan for the future through returning to smart growth principles that former Democratic Party supervisors had advocated while on the Board.”
Setzer commented on the current board makeup, six Republicans and one independent. “Thousands of new houses are coming thanks to the developerfriendly policies of this Board,” Setzer said in the statement. “Protections that slowed residential growth have been eliminated. We are not prepared for the influx of new school children or the additional cars that will further gridlock our roads. I think we can do better than this and our citizens deserve better from our government.”
Also running in the Falmouth District are Meg Bohmke, the district’s current school board member, and independent Robert Belman.
Mark Kitta and Scott Hirons are the two remaining candidates in the Falmouth School Board race.