Bath councilor seeks re-election and Maine House seat

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BATH — City Councilor Kyle Rogers, a Court Street resident who has served on the council for six years, is running for re-election and to be the new state representative in House District 62.

Asked Wednesday if intends to serve in both capacities if elected to both offices, he said, “right now, I’m leaving my options open.”

Rogers represents Bath’s Ward 3 on the council.

A Republican, he is running for the House seat against Jennifer DeChant, a Middle Street Democrat who defeated Paul Johnson of Washington Street, 319-244, in the House 62 Democratic primary in June. The winner of November’s election will replace Rep. Michael H. Clarke, D-Bath, who chose not to seek re-election.

Rogers is challenged by Carolyn Lockwood of High Street, a member of the Planning Board, in his council re-election bid.

Fran Simmler of Centre Street is challenging incumbent Bernard Wyman of Chestnut Street for his Ward 4 seat on the City Council. Councilor Sean Paulhus of Middle Street is unopposed for his Ward 2 seat.

Bath municipal nomination papers were due back on Tuesday. Papers for two open seats on the Regional School Unit 1 Board of Directors are due back to the RSU 1 office on Monday, Sept. 24.

In the RSU, the Bath-West Bath District 4 seat of Chet Garrison is available, as is the Bath-Phippsburg District 5 seat of Julie Rice. Only one person, Kyle Yacoben of West Bath, had taken out papers as of Wednesday morning.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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

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Deadline nears for Topsham candidates to file

TOPSHAM — Nomination papers for one seat each on the Board of Selectmen and the School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors are due back Friday afternoon, Sept. 21.

As of Wednesday morning, Chairman Donald Russell of Winter Street had submitted papers for re-election to the Board of Selectmen. Bill Thompson of Arbor Avenue had also submitted papers.

Topsham Selectmen Andrew Mason, a Middlesex Road Democrat, is running against Republican Jean Wolkens of Meadow Road to replace Rep. Kerri Prescott, R-Topsham, who is not seeking a fourth term representing state House District 60.

Mason is two years into a three-year term on the board, and said he intends to step down if elected to the House.

Only Dorothy Gardner of Perkins Street had submitted papers for her SAD 75 School Board seat.

— Alex Lear

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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.