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Eosco, Pagurko keep Bath council seats; Brackett wins

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Eosco, Pagurko keep Bath council seats; Brackett wins

BATH — Mari Huoarti Eosco and Ruthe Pagurko won re-election to the City Council on Tuesday, while Steve Brackett claimed a third seat.

Eosco defeated Bryce Payne 364-215 in Ward 5, while Pagurko edged out Cal Stilphen in Ward 7 by a vote of 356-294. In a contest for the at-large seat being relinquished by Councilor Wayne Cochrane, Brackett claimed a 2,271 to 1,290 victory over Benjamin Burden.

All three positions have three-year terms.

Brackett, a Middle Street resident, is a Georgia native who has co-owned Brackett's Market at 185 Front St. with his wife, Kimberly, for 14 years.

He said on Wednesday that he was humbled by the win and is "looking forward to learning about the council and getting going to represent the people of Bath. I'm very excited."

Washington Street resident Eosco served four years as director of Main Street Bath prior to her election to the City Council. She was born and raised in Bath and completed the term of the late Councilor Jack Hart before winning her first full term.

"I feel very relieved, and I'm excited to get to continue working at City Hall," she said on Wednesday.

Eosco runs a Facebook page called Living in Bath and has served or continues to serve on boards of the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Skate Park and Main Street Bath. She also chairs the Parking Committee and is a corporator of Bath Savings Institution.

Pagurko, of Mechanic Street, has lived in Bath for nearly 50 years and is wrapping up her second City Council term. She is a homemaker who previously packed orders at L.L. Bean and worked with mentally challenged adults through the Independence Association.

"I work hard," she said on Wednesday, "and I've got three more years to work harder."

Pagurko's volunteer work has included the Christmas and Fourth of July parades, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra and the Maine Maritime Museum. Pagurko has also served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Main Street Bath and the Salvation Army. She has been a member of the Bath Senior Citizen's Center, Community Policing and Volunteers in Policing, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She also serves with the Elder Abuse Task Force and the Bath Recognition Committee.

School Board

Robin Buczkowski of Woolwich was the only person to run for Regional School Unit 1's District 1 seat, which has been filled by Charles Durfee and covers Bath and Woolwich. She earned 382 votes in Bath and 703 in Woolwich.

No one ran for the District 6 (Bath and Arrowsic) seat being relinquished by Frances Tolan. Tolan received the most write-in votes in Arrowsic with nine, followed by Melissa Textor with three. In Bath, Marie James received eight write-in votes.

RSU 1 Superintendent William Shuttleworth said on Wednesday that Tolan and James appreciated the votes but declined to be on the School Board. He will approach other write-in candidates about serving.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.