Schell, Dykens Win Select Board Race

By: Tim Wood

Left: Jeffrey Dykens and wife Julie. Right: J. Michael Schell. TIM WOOD PHOTOS

CHATHAM – Incumbent Jeffrey Dykens and newcomer J. Michael Schell won three-year terms on the select board at Thursday's annual town election.

Schell, in his first run for public office, received the most votes with 760. Dykens followed closely with 721 while challenger Lynne Pleffner had 427 votes.

Schell, retired mergers and acquisitions attorney, has been a full-time resident for six years but vacationed in town since 1979, buying a home in town in 1995. Climate change and affordable housing are the biggest challenges facing the town, he said recently.

This will be Dykens' fourth term on the select board. Currently chief financial officer at Duffy Health Center in Hyannis, he previously served on the Chatham School Committee. A former fisherman, he has been involved in fisheries and other water-related issues during his time on the board.

The only other candidate on the ballot was Jessica Rogers, who ran unopposed for a three-year term on the Monomoy Regional School Committee. She won 874 votes.

There were no candidates for one housing authority seat, but community housing partnership chair Karolyn McClellan received 81 write-in votes.

A non-binding ballot question urging state officials to do everything possible to stop the owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant from dumping radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay passed 957-61.

A total of 1,089 votes were cast, 17 percent of the town's 6,177 registered voters.