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October 22, 2013

Bartley enters council race as write-in candidate

Amesbury native hopes to 'reverse' city's course

AMESBURY — Another candidate has stepped forward to attempt a write-in campaign for Christian Scorzoni’s soon-to-be-vacated District 2 City Council seat.

Mary Louise Bartley, a lifelong resident of Amesbury whose family has deep ties to the Amesbury Fire Department, has decided to enter the race with the hope of addressing the city’s tax situation, which she said is threatening the economic well-being of the city’s residents, particularly the elderly.

Bartley will be challenging Mary Chatigny, another write-in candidate who previously represented the district from 2007 to 2011 and is attempting to regain her old seat.

“I felt compelled to throw my hat into the ring in the hopes of reversing course,” Bartley said.

Scorzoni had been running unopposed for a second term in office, but due to his family’s impending move out of district, he will not be eligible to retain his seat at the start of the next term. Since the deadline to officially withdraw from the race has passed, Scorzoni’s name will still be the only one on the ballot.

Any write-in candidate must secure at least 30 percent of the vote in order to become eligible for election. If no write-in candidate reaches the 30 percent threshold, then Scorzoni’s seat will be declared vacant at the start of the next term and the City Council will appoint his successor.

Bartley is a newcomer to politics and has never held public office before, instead spending most of her career working as a registered nurse to the chief of otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston, while holding numerous other teaching and coordinating responsibilities at the hospital.

During that time, Bartley said she owned property in the Back Bay and spent a lot of time in the city, but at the end of the day Amesbury was always her home, and she remained active by helping with fundraising and volunteerism while voting in every election.

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