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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.

“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.

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.

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