Today is the last day to register to vote in Amesbury’s upcoming municipal election, when residents will choose Amesbury’s next mayor and determine the new makeup of the City Council.
City Hall will hold extended hours to accommodate last-minute voters, remaining open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. so residents will have a chance to come in before or after work.
Residents who are not sure if they have registered recently should come down just to be safe, and those who have moved recently should also stop by to make sure the city clerk’s office has the correct address on file, City Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin said.
The municipal election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, and will be headlined by the mayoral battle between incumbent Thatcher Kezer and challenger Ken Gray. Kezer is seeking his fifth term as mayor of Amesbury, but Gray has emerged as a formidable opponent, beating Kezer in the Sept. 17 preliminary election with 52 percent to 44 percent of the vote.
The election will also feature contests in the District 1, 5 and 6 city councilor races, along with a deep field in the councilor at-large race. District 1 will see incumbent Bob Gilday face off against challenger Paul Sickorez; District 5 will feature incumbent Joseph McMilleon and challenger Erin Butt; District 6 will feature former Councilor Jonathan Sherwood and newcomer Dave Haraske; and the councilor at-large field includes incumbents Anne Ferguson, Allen Neale and Jim Kelcourse, current District 3 Councilor Donna McClure and newcomer Eric Bezanson.
District 2 has also become an area of intrigue, as incumbent councilor Christian Scorzoni had been running unopposed but will no longer be eligible to retain his seat due to his family’s upcoming move out of the district. His name will remain the only one on the ballot, but former Councilor Mary Chatigny has announced that she will be attempting a write-in campaign; and if she can secure at least 30 percent of the vote, she would likely win the seat even if Scorzoni secures more votes.