Trio of Bath councilors to seek re-election

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BATH — Thanks to a City Charter change approved by voters last November, nomination papers for City Council candidates are now available.

The charter amendment brought candidate nomination deadlines for city elections into agreement with new Maine law. They now must be returned between the third Tuesdays in July and August – in Bath’s case, between 8:30 a.m. July 17 and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

Nomination papers are available for three-year terms representing City Council wards 2, 3 and 4. All three incumbents last week said they plan to seek re-election.

Ward 2 Councilor Sean Paulhus, of Middle Street, was first elected in 2008 to fill the remaining year of an unexpired term, and then re-elected in 2009, 2012 and 2015.

“We’ve got some big projects coming up, with the South End study and (traffic safety improvements for) Richardson Street and Western Avenue,” Paulhus said, adding that “we have a really good council, and I want to see those and other projects continue through the process.”

Councilor Terry Nordmann of Western Avenue was elected in Ward 3 in 2015.

“It’s a great council, it’s very collegial and it doesn’t have the heartaches that some town councils and city councils do,” Nordmann said. “… We tend to agree on most things, and when we don’t agree, we do it very civilly.”

Councilor Bernie Wyman of Chestnut Street has served eight terms since first being elected in 1994.

“People told me I was crazy because I’ve got 24 years in there,” the Ward 4 councilor said. “But I don’t feel that way; I enjoy it very much. … I made a pact quite a while ago that I was gonna run until I get beat out.”

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

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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.