BOSTON (WWLP) – A state senate candidate’s work in Washington, D.C. should not keep him off the September primary ballot, a state commission has ruled.
The Massachusetts Ballot Law Commission ruled Friday against an objection to the candidacy of Eric Lesser, which was filed by rival candidate Tim Allen.
Allen, a Springfield city councilor, had said that because Lesser had worked from 2009 to 2011 in Washington as an aide to White House political advisor David Axelrod, that he did not meet the state constitution’s requirement of having lived in the state for five years prior to seeking a seat in the Legislature.
The commission disagreed, noting that Lesser is a Longmeadow native who had remained registered to vote in Massachusetts, kept most of his possessions at his family home in Longmeadow, and traveled back to Massachusetts several times during his time in Washington.
Allen and Lesser are among the five candidates running for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire Senate District, a seat which is being vacated by Sen. Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham).