Stilphen may seek recount of Bath City Council vote
BATH — Cal Stiphen, who trailed Leverett Mitchell by just six votes Tuesday in balloting for Ward 7 city councilor, on Wednesday said he is considering a seeking a recount.
Carolyn Lockwood defeated incumbent Councilor Kyle Rogers, 294-262, in Ward 3. Longtime Councilor Bernard Wyman retained his Ward 4 seat after fending off a challenge from Fran Simmler, 310-170, and Councilor Sean Paulhus was uncontested for his Ward 2 seat; he received 523 votes.
Mitchell received 232 votes for the one-year term, followed by Stilphen with 226 and Larry Scott with 218. They ran to fill a vacancy caused by the Sept. 28 death of Ruthe Pagurko, who had served two years of a three-year term.
Stilphen, a former insurance risk manager who is now semi-retired, ran unsuccessfully against Pagurko in her 2010 bid for a third council term. He expressed disappointment at Tuesday's results, saying that "I just need to make myself a better candidate. The voters spoke."
He said he would likely run again for the seat next year.
Mitchell, Bath's former fire chief, served on the City Council from 2002 to 2008 and said Wednesday that he looks forward to another term on the panel.
"I enjoyed it the first time," he said, noting that the job requires a lot of work, but that he has the time and patience to handle it.
Rogers also ran for the Legislature in House District 62, where he lost 2,356 to 1,475 to Democrat Jennifer DeChant. He declined Wednesday to discuss the outcome of either election.
Lockwood, who has served on the Planning Board since last year, said she was "humbled ... and I'm really excited that going door-to-door paid off." She has said she will step down from the board if elected to the City Council.
"It certainly wasn't a sweep; it was very close," said Lockwood, who is director of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services for the Maine Department of Labor. "I just feel lucky to have won."
Kyle Yacoben of West Bath and Stephen August of Bath were uncontested in their bids for seats on the Regional School Unit 1 Board of Directors.
Yacoben received 306 votes for District 4 (Bath and West Bath), formerly occupied by Chet Garrison, and August drew 607 votes in District 5 (Bath-Phippsburg), which Julie Rice is vacating.