AMESBURY — With Christian Scorzoni set to step down at the end of his term, former City Councilor Mary Chatigny has announced that she will attempt a write-in campaign to reclaim her old seat as the District 2 councilor.
Chatigny decided to jump into the race after news broke that Scorzoni wouldn’t be able to return to the City Council next year because his family is moving out of district, making him ineligible to retain the seat. Chatigny previously served two terms on the council, winning election in 2007 before being ousted by Scorzoni in 2011.
Scorzoni had been running unopposed for a second term in office, and because the deadline to officially withdraw has passed, his name will remain on the ballot. If Chatigny can secure at least 30 percent of the vote, she would become eligible for election and would likely become the next District 2 councilor, even if Scorzoni receives more votes on Election Day.
If Chatigny does not secure at least 30 percent of the vote, then Scorzoni’s seat would be declared vacant at the start of the next term and the City Council would be responsible for appointing his successor.
As a write-in candidate, Chatigny is facing an uphill climb to overcome the inherent disadvantage of not being on the ballot, but she said she’s still optimistic about her chances because she has served in the past and already has some degree of name recognition among prospective voters.
“I’ve served them well in the past and hopefully they’ll put my name down,” Chatigny said. “I’m planning on giving out labels and asking people to please vote for me.”
While in office, Chatigny was a major proponent of revitalizing the Lower Millyard and voted in favor of the Costello Transportation Center project, the water treatment plant project and of regionalizing the health nurse and health departments with Salisbury.