Bath, Topsham November elections have only 1 contest

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BATH — A competition between two declared write-in candidates for a seat on the Bath City Council is the only Election Day contest here and in Topsham.

Terry A. Nordmann of Western Avenue and John MacGregor of Middle Street are running for the Ward 3 council seat, which has been vacant since Kyle Rogers resigned in June.

Neither MacGregor nor Nordmann had to collect signatures, but they did have to declare their candidacy 45 days before the Nov. 3 election, City Clerk Mary White said Tuesday.

Both men – neither of whom has served on a city committee or board, White said – had to declare they wanted to run as a write-in candidates. Neither one’s name will be on the Ward 3 ballot.

Ward 2 Councilor Sean Paulhus of Middle Street and Ward 4 Councilor Bernie Wyman of Chestnut Street are unopposed for re-election. Wyman is serving his 21st year on the council; Paulhus was first elected in 2008.

Two new “unrestricted-residence” seats on the Regional School Unit 1 Board of Directors are also been up for grabs. One belonged to West Bath resident Kyle Yacoben, whose had to vacate in June after his town seceded from the district. Louis Ensel of Middle Street is running uncontested for the seat.

The other seat belongs to Stephen August, who has reached the end of a three-year term and is running unopposed for re-election.

The board’s three “unrestricted-residence” positions could be filled by anyone with a voting residence in the RSU; representatives of the other four “municipal-residence” seats must have a voting residence in a specific community.

In Topsham, former School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors and Finance Committee member Roland Tufts, of Home Place, is running unopposed for the Board of Selectmen seat being vacated by Don Russell.

In SAD 75, Dorothy Gardner of Perkins Street is unopposed for re-election to her School Board seat, and newcomer Andrea Wixom Imrie is unopposed for the remainder of Scott McKernan’s term, which he left two years early to take a job in California.

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

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.