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October 10, 2013

Chatigny launches write-in campaign for council seat

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Chatigny said she was excited when the City Council voted to approve the relocation of the Department of Public Works garage out of the Lower Millyard in 2012, saying the investment will benefit Amesbury in the long run and if elected she would continue to focus on keeping Amesbury moving forward in a similar manner.

“I think the way we spend our money indicates what’s important to us and what we value,” Chatigny said. “I know we spend a good amount of our funds on our schools, which shows that we value our children.”

From a political standpoint, Chatigny and her husband, Bill, are both outspoken supporters of Mayor Thatcher Kezer. In addition to putting out her own yard signs, she indicated that she would be joining councilors Anne Ferguson, Bob Gilday, Bob Lavoie and Allen Neale in the nascent “I Am Pro Amesbury” political campaign, which was started by District 6 candidate Jonathan Sherwood and aims to promote “a more positive view of our community” while encouraging public figures to “affirm that the city is actually heading in the right direction.”

Amesbury has experienced a stark divide in recent years between those who support further investment in the city and those who believe taxes and spending are out of control and should be reined in; and as the election season has progressed, tensions have begun to run high.

Despite the hot political rhetoric that has engulfed Amesbury over the past few months, Chatigny took issue to the notion of there being two opposing factions in town, arguing that even if people disagree over politics, everybody who lives in town is an Amesbury resident who just wants what’s best for the city at the end of the day.

“We all have the best intention of moving Amesbury in a positive direction, it’s just sometimes we have different strategies about what the best is. I don’t see anyone as being on an opposing side — they just have a different way to get to the same spot,” she said.

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