2 uncontested races for Bath City Council

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BATH — Barring write-in campaigns, two of the four open seats on the City Council will be uncontested in November.

The deadline for candidates to file nomination papers was Sept. 16.

City Councilors Meadow Merrill, David Sinclair and Andrew Winglass are not running again for their respective Ward 1, Ward 6 and at-large seats. Ward 3 Councilor Carolyn Lockwood left her seat in August to avoid a potential conflict of interest with her new job as director of Main Street Bath.

Councilor Sean Paulhus and former Councilor James Omo are running for Winglass’s at-large seat.

Paulhus, who still has another year left in his Ward 2 term, said earlier this month that he has enjoyed his six years as a ward councilor, and “would like the opportunity to represent all the people of Bath on the City Council, and continue to serve the people in my ward.”

The Middle Street resident was unopposed for election to a second full term on the council and has served as its vice chairman. He has also been on several panels, including the Capital Improvement, Charter, Parking and Transportation, Bath Recognition and Sagadahoc County Budget Advisory committees. He has also served as vice chairman of the Bath Development Corporation.

Should Paulhus win the at-large seat, a special election would have to be held to fill the year remaining in his Ward 2 term.

Omo, a two-term councilor from North Street, was narrowly ousted in Ward 1 by Merrill in 2011. His service has included the South End Park Waterfront Park committees, the Sagadahoc County Budget Committee, Bath’s Solid Waste and Recycling Committee, as well as its Facilities, Lighting and Parking committees. He has also served on the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark board.

Meanwhile, former Councilor Kyle Rogers of Court Street and Peter Blachly of Centre Street are running in Ward 3.

Rogers, narrowly defeated by Lockwood in 2012 after six years on the council, has served on several panels, including the Bath Economic Development and Community Development Block Grant committees, as well as the Midcoast Council of Governments, Sagadahoc County Communications Center Board of Directors, and the Mid Coast Business Development and Planning groups.

Blachly has not served on any city boards or committees.

Neither has Susan Bauer of Dummer Street, the only candidate to qualify for the ballot in Ward 6, according to the city clerk’s office.

Gregory Page of Washington Street is the only candidate running in Ward 1. He has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission since 2002 and been its chairman since 2003.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.