BATH — The Nov. 4 municipal ballot in Bath will feature a pair of contested races and a number of votes on minor charter amendments.

Everyone in the city will get to vote in the City Council councilor-at-large election between James Omo and Sean Paulhus, while residents of Ward 3 will vote for either Kyle Rogers or Peter Blachly (known widely by his stage name, Peter Alexander) for that seat on the council. No school board seats have a contested race.

Paulhus is the councilor for Ward 2, and has decided to run for the at-large seat to represent more of the city. Paulhus, who is employed as the aide to the Secretary of the Senate’s Office in Augusta, said he is proud of the work he has done representing the residents in his ward and for his advocation for the Butler Head preservation that was recently completed by the city.

Omo previously served as a city councilor representing Ward 1, but was narrowly defeated in 2011 by Meadow Merrill. Omo, who works in construction and frequently buys, renovates and sells houses, said he wants to make the city’s infrastructure more environmentally friendly.

The Ward 3 race also features a former councilor – Rogers, who represented Ward 3 until his defeat by Carolyn Lockwood in 2012. Lockwood has since stepped down from the position.

Rogers said he knows the inner workings of the city and the budget process. Blachly, a newcomer to politics, is well-known for his role as a musician and concert organizer in town and said he would like to enhance Bath as a destination for arts and culture.

There are six charter amendments, and most are relatively minor changes in city government procedures.

Charter Amendment 3 would allow the sitting city manager to reside outside of Bath during his or her tenure, for example. Currently, city managers are required to live in the city.

Chris Chase can be contacted at:

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Twitter: cchaseCJ


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