The Bath City Council has set the date for a special election to fill the vacant council seat for Ward 7, which has been empty since Councilor Leverett “Tink” Mitchell passed away in late December.

At a special council meeting on Wednesday, the council officially declared the Ward 7 seat vacant. A special election will be held to find a replacement who will finish out Mitchell’s term, which will end in December 2019.

Mitchell, the former fire chief of Bath, was first elected to serve on the city council in 2002. Mitchell was succeeded by Ruthe Pagurko in 2005. After Pagurko passed away in 2012, Mitchell won a three way race in a special election to replace her. Mitchell had won reelection to his seat in November unopposed for another three year term.

The special election for Ward 7 will be held in just over a month, on Tuesday, February 21. Ward 7 covers the Northernmost tip of the city. The registrar of voters will be open from Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30, and on Saturday February 18 from 10:00 to 1:00.

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