No contests so far in Bath, Topsham local elections

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BATH — With one complete slate of candidates and three others outstanding through the end of September, there are no contests in municipal and school elections in Bath and Topsham.

Bath City Councilors Sean Paulhus, Terry Nordmann and Bernie Wyman in Wards 2, 3 and 4, respectively, were the only people to take out or return nomination paper by the Aug. 21 deadline.

Paulhus has served since 2008, Nordmann since 2015 and Wyman since 1994. All three will be uncontested the Nov. 6 election, barring any last-minute write-in candidates.

Also in Bath, both Regional School Unit 1 board members with expiring terms have said they are seeking new terms, although neither had submitted papers as of Monday morning. Prospective candidates have until Monday, Sept. 24, to return them to the RSU 1 office at 34 Wing Farm Parkway in Bath.

Chairman Steve August, who has served since 2012, and Vice Chairman Lou Ensel, on the board since 2015, fill two of the board’s three “unrestricted-residence” positions, for anyone who resides in the RSU.

In Topsham, only the incumbents on the Board of Selectmen and School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors had submitted papers by Monday morning.

Roland Tufts is running again for his seat on the Board of Selectmen, which he has held since 2015. Dorothy Gardner has submitted papers for the SAD 75 board, on which she first served from 1977-1992, and then from 2000 to the present.

Papers for both panels are due back to the office of Town Clerk Linda Dumont, 100 Main St. in Topsham, on Friday, Sept. 7.

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

Bath City Councilors Sean Paulhus, left, Terry Nordmann and Bernie Wyman are all uncontested in their bids for re-election this fall.

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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.