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Mayor loses by two votes in Amesbury

Incredibly close elections have become a part of Amesbury politics in recent years. A few years ago, a City Council race was decided by one vote. In June’s special election for the US Senate, Edward J. Markey and Gabriel E. Gomez ended up in a dead tie in the city.

On Tuesday, a hotly contested race for the Amesbury mayor’s office was a tad looser: It was decided by two votes.

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In unofficial results, C. Kenneth Gray, a Republican newcomer, took home 2,092 votes to unseat the four-term incumbent mayor, Democrat Thatcher W. Kezer III, who tallied 2,090 votes.

With the vote so close, Kezer said he is leaning toward asking the city clerk for a recount.

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“There were 4,200 votes cast, and there’s a difference of two votes in the results, so given that it dictates the direction of the city going forward, it warrants a second look,” Kezer said.

Gray, the mayor-elect, ran on a platform centered on lowering the city’s property taxes, which he said are the seventh-highest in the state.

As for the potential recount, Gray said he can understand, on a personal level, why Kezer might ask for one.

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But Gray argued that because the campaign was so divisive for the community, he hopes Kezer might reconsider dragging out the process. “I think he should take a deep breath and consider conceding,” he said.

Billy Baker

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