Election 2015: Bath council race reduced to no contest

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BATH — A competition between two declared write-in candidates for a seat on the City Council had been Bath’s only Election Day contest.

Now there is no contest at all.

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

But MacGregor announced last week that he was pulling out of the race.

Both candidates said they became interested after learning that no one filed papers to get on the ballot for the seat, and both decided to run as write-in candidates.

But MacGregor said he now has an opportunity to sell his house, and moving could take him outside of Ward 3. That would force him to resign from the council and once again leave the seat vacant.

MacGregor said Nordmann “has the mental wherewithall to do the job … I support him wholeheartedly.”

Nordmann, 69, is married and has one daughter. He is retired from the Army Reserves, and also spent time with the U.S. Navy and Portland Police Department.

This is his  first bid for elected office. He has lived in Bath nearly 30 years.

“I will just be very pleased to be part of the City Council,” he said. “This is a great city.”

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.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. 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.