Christopher Hallowell of Bath was planning to run in the House District 52 special election but failed to collect enough signatures. (Contributed photo)

BATH — Bath Libertarian Christopher Hallowell will not appear on the House District 52 special election ballot on April 2, after failing to collect the requisite number of signatures to get on the ballot.

According to Hallowell, he was unable to collect the needed signatures because he was spending his time caring for his great grandmother in Greenville.

Communications Director for the Office of the Secretary of State Kristen Muszynski confirmed Wednesday that Hallowell had not submitted the signatures needed to appear on the ballot before the deadline last week. The only names that will appear on the ballot are Republican Kenneth Sener and Democrat Sean Paulhus.

Although the Libertarian Party of Maine claimed in a press release that they nominated Hallowell to run in the race on Feb. 9, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office said Wednesday that since the Libertarian Party of Maine is no longer an official party in Maine, it can’t nominate people to be on the ballot like Republicans, Democrats or Green Independents. Libertarians are required to gather and submit 50 signatures in order to appear on the ballot, just like non-party candidates.

The party lost its official state party status in December, after failing to have 10,000 registered Libertarians vote in the 2018 general election. The Secretary of State’s Office stripped the party of its status and unenrolled voters who were registered as Libertarians.

As of Wednesday at 5 p.m., no candidate had filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Neither Hallowell nor the Libertarian Party of Maine responded to requests for comment.

Appearing on the ballot will be Bath City Councilor Sean Paulhus, who was nominated Feb. 19 by about 100 Democrats at a caucus. Bath Republicans chose retired US Navy Capt. Kenneth Sener on Feb. 18. There is no Green Independent candidate.

Paulhus and Sener are vying to succeed former Rep. Jennifer DeChant, who unexpectedly resigned Feb. 1 to take a job in the private sector.

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