Worcester Voters Picking Nominees to Replace Rep Who Resigned Amid Ethics Probe

Some residents of Worcester are heading to the polls for a special primary election Tuesday. They’re picking nominees for a Massachusetts House seat.

The 16th House district in Worcester was held for 14 years by John Fresolo. The Democrat resigned during an ethics committee investigation this spring. The committee never made the allegations public.

Candy Mero-Carlson chairs the Worcester Democratic City Committee and expects the seat to stay Democratic.

“That particular individual that was involved in that – I don’t think that that really is indicative of the party,” Mero-Carolson says. 

Five Democrats are on the ballot for this Worcester seat: Daniel Donahue, Khrystian King, Daniele Nanni, James O’Brien and Joshua Perro.

Mero-Carlson says each one has promised to support the winner of Tuesday’s primary in the general election next month. And they’re all expected to show up at a “Democratic Unity” event Wednesday evening. Results from past elections show this is a strongly Democratic district.

One Republican is making a run. Nurse Carol Claros is unopposed in the GOP primary.

The polls close at 8 o’clock Tuesday night. Election results will be posted by the Worcester Election Commission.