Seeing that the situation with Scorzoni is unprecedented in Amesbury’s history since adopting a city form of government, Kitchin said she had to seek clarification about how the election would operate.
Kitchin said that according to the City Charter, Chatigny or Bartley would win the election outright if they tally the most votes, but if Scorzoni gets the most votes, it would be considered a failure to elect since he isn’t eligible to accept the seat.
If that were to happen, the newly elected council would declare the seat vacant during their organizational meeting in January, and if there is a write-in candidate who received at least 30 percent of the vote, they could be appointed immediately.
“If there is no candidate with 30 percent of the vote, then they’ll declare that seat vacant, publish it for a month, and ask for applications from anybody wanting to be on that seat,” Kitchin said. “So both candidates could apply, and other people could too if they wanted. Then the council at a future meeting would appoint someone to the seat themselves.”
If the election were to play out this way, then the makeup of the next council would likely determine which candidate is selected.
“It basically would probably be determined by the rest of the election and how that fell,” Kitchin said.