Bath City Council election in need of candidates

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BATH — With the deadline looming for nomination papers to be returned, two City Council seats will be contested.

A third candidate may be unopposed, while there may be no candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for a fourth seat.

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

Nomination papers are due back to the office of City Clerk Mary White by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Although he still has another year left in his Ward 2 term, Councilor Sean Paulhus is running for Winglass’s at-large seat, a position also sought by former Councilor James Omo.

“I’ve enjoyed being a ward councilor for the last six years, and I would like the opportunity to represent all the people of Bath on the City Council, and continue to serve the people in my ward,” Paulhus said Wednesday.

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.

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

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

Meanwhile, former Councilor Kyle Rogers of Court Street and Peter Blachly of Centre Street have turned in papers for Ward 3.

Rogers, who was 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, according to White.

Blachly has not served on any boards or committees, White said.

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, according to White.

City Council candidates must return signatures from 35 registered voters in the ward for which they are running.

The city will wait to see if anyone files nomination papers for Ward 6 by the Sept. 16 deadline, and then determine what to do if no one has filed, White said.

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.