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October 24, 2013

Two write-in candidates seek District 2 seat

AMESBURY — Voters in District 2 won’t see any eligible names on the ballot for district councilor, but that doesn’t mean there is no race for the office. (Christian Scorzoni, whose name is on the ballot, is ineligible to run since he has moved out of the district.)

Former City Councilor Mary Chatigny and lifelong Amesbury resident Mary Louise Bartley are running as write-in candidates for the office. In order to win, one of them will not only have to get more votes, they must also get at least 30 percent of the vote.

The following is a look at the two candidates.

MARY CHATIGNY

Age: 58

Years in Amesbury: 27

Family: Husband Bill, sons Nathan, 38, and Matthew, 31, and daughter Allysa, 33

Education: MBA with graduate certificate in human resources management from Southern New Hampshire University

Current employment: Northern Essex Community College: director Human Resources since 1999; staff assistant in Human Resources, 1997-1999

Past employment: Supervisor Compensation & Benefits at the former Essex County Gas Company 1986 to 1995

Political/public service experience: 2008 through 2011, city councilor District 2

Top 3 priorities: Completion of the Lower Millyard renovation; continued strengthening of our schools; continuing to grow our tax base and showcase Amesbury as a great place to live and do business.

Statement: My overall reason for running is to continue the good work over the past eight years of the current mayor and City Council. How we spend our precious tax dollars indicates what we value as a community.

Over the last two decades we renovated our middle and high schools. And currently over 50 percent of our tax dollars go to fund our schools. These renovations and the tax dollars spent to educate our children tell me and those looking to join our community that we value our children’s education and put them first.

While prudently taking care of our short-term budgetary needs, Amesbury is also a community that looks long term. Purchasing Woodsom Farm, renovating the Upper Millyard, a jewel in our downtown crown, upgrading our water treatment plant, and building the Costello Transportation Center, to name a few, speaks to the prudent long-term planning on which Amesbury prides itself.

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