Bath City Council election recount confirms original tally

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BATH — A recount of Nov. 6 ballots Thursday confirmed Leverett Mitchell was the winner of the City Council Ward 7 election.

Mitchell had 232 votes, followed by Cal Stilphen with 226 and Larry Scott with 218 – exactly the same results as announced on election night.

Stilphen, who had requested the recount, said it was a process worth doing.

“I owe it to the people that voted for me,” he said, to take a second look “and make sure that (the numbers) are accurate. … I’m glad I went through the process.”

The three candidates ran to fill a vacancy left by the Sept. 28 death of Councilor Ruthe Pagurko, who had served two years of a three-year term.

Stilphen, who ran unsuccessfully against Pagurko in 2010, said he is already planning to run again for the City Council, either for the Ward 7 seat or as an at-large candidate.

For City Clerk Mary White, the election marked the first time in 17 years – five as deputy clerk, and the past 12 as clerk – she had to recount a municipal election. 

White was pleased with the results.

“I figured a ballot off here, or a ballot off there, but no sir,” she said Thursday. “Even the machines don’t dare to mess up.”

All the ballots were hand-counted at City Hall, with all three candidates in attendance.

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.