Still, she’s “excited and eager to serve,” she said.
“It’s really unusual to not have the big campaign, sort of a pleasant surprise,” L’Italien said. “I always had a contested race when I was a state legislator, always had a fight to keep that seat every two years.”
She and Colby-Clements aren’t out of the woods yet, however.
While the situation has changed, a write-in candidate could get strong support at polls and knock the candidate to receive the lesser number of votes on election day out of the running.
Town Clerk Larry Murphy, a six-year veteran of running elections, said he saw it happen in his old town of West Newbury.
In that scenario, an incumbent lost a re-election bid to a resident who was written in by voters.
“It certainly happens,” Murphy said. “There’s no question about it.”
While Tabit isn’t running in this race, when asked if he may run again in the future, Tabit simply said, “never say never.”
This year’s election will be held at the Andover High School field house on Tuesday, March 26 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registration to vote ends on March 6. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 978-623-8255.