Two Bath city councilors said this week that they would seek the Democratic Party nomination to run in a special election to succeed Rep. Jennifer DeChant, a four-term Democrat who resigned from the Legislature last week to take a private-sector job.
Mari Eosco, chairwoman of the council, and Sean Paulhus, the council’s vice chairman, will likely compete for local Democrats’ OK to run as the party’s nominee in a special election to replace DeChant. Eosco is new to the party while Paulhus has been active in the Maine Democratic Party since shortly after he became old enough to vote.
Eosco was elected to the Bath City Council in 2007 to finish the unexpired term of Jack Hart. She is serving her fourth full term on the council. She recently concluded a 16-month stint as interim executive director of Main Street Bath, and had previously served as executive director from 2002 to 2006.
Paulhus was elected to the council in 2008 to fill the remaining year of an unexpired term, and is also serving his fourth full term on the council. He has worked as an aide in the Maine Senate and House of Representatives.
Eosco registered as a Democrat on Monday, she said. She said Tuesday that she had never previously registered as a member of a political party “because I’ve never needed to do that” and she “enjoyed just making decisions on the information I have.”