Sean Paulhus Credit: Courtesy of City of Bath

Bath Democrats on Tuesday chose City Council Vice Chairman Sean Paulhus as their party’s candidate for the special election to fill the House District 52 seat previously held by Democrat Jennifer DeChant.

Paulhus confirmed Wednesday morning that voters at a party committee caucus elected him 54-39 over City Council Chairwoman Mari Eosco.

“We each spoke for 10 minutes before the vote,” he said.

Democrats gathered a Bath City Hall on Tuesday to elect a candidate to run for the seat vacated earlier this month by DeChant, a four-term legislator who resigned to take a job in the private sector.

In the April 2 special election, Paulhus will likely face Republican candidate Kenneth Sener and Libertarian candidate Christopher Hallowell. Candidate nominations are due to the secretary of state by 5 p.m. Friday. Non-party candidates must gather signatures of at least 50 registered voters in House District 52 and submit them by the Feb. 22 deadline. Write-in candidates must declare candidacy by 5 p.m. March 1.