A Democratic candidate for an open state Senate seat in greater Springfield will be allowed on the ballot. That’s after the Massachusetts Ballot Commission ruled Friday against an objection to Eric Lesser’s candidacy. Fellow Democratic candidate Tim Allen filed the objection, citing a requirement that candidates live in the state for five years prior to an election. Lesser lived in Washington D.C. from 2009 and 2011 working for the Obama administration. Lesser says he always intended to return to Massachusetts.
“I’m a proud son of western Massachusetts,” says Lesser. “I was temporarily working in Washington in service to President Obama, and I think that’s valuable experience, and the Ballot Commission agreed with me in that conclusion.”
Meanwhile Tim Allen says he’s satisfied with the ruling. He says his objection was never politically motivated.
“This was always about just making sure he was eligible, and I wanted the process to play out,” says Allen. “They have ruled in favor that he should be on the ballot, and I think that was the intention – that we were very clear that all the Democratic candidates on the ballot in September were all eligible candidates.”
Lesser and Allen are two of five Democrats in the race, along with one Republican and one candidate running under the America First party.