EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Eric Lesser has emerged the winner of the Democratic Party’s primary in the First Hampden and Hampshire District by a margin of fewer than 200 votes.
The Longmeadow resident and former Obama administration staffer had been trading the lead in the five-way primary with Springfield City Councilor Tim Allen all evening Tuesday.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Lesser finished on top with 5,371 votes, followed by Allen in second with 5,174 votes, James “Chip” Harrington in third with 4,187 votes, Aaron Saunders in fourth with 1,403 votes, and Thomas Lachuisa in fifth with 430 votes.
Lesser had been slightly behind Allen until the final numbers came in from Belchertown; a community that Lesser won by a convincing margin. He also performed strongly in his native Longmeadow and East Longmeadow. Allen carried Springfield by a large margin, while Harrington and Saunders did best in their hometown of Ludlow.
With the win, Lesser will face Republican Debra Boronski and independent Mike Franco in the November election.
The First Hampden and Hampshire seat includes all of the towns of Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Granby, Longmeadow, Ludlow, and Wilbraham, as well as portions of Springfield and Chicopee. It was represented by Sen. Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham) since 2007. Candaras, who served 10 years prior to that in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, is leaving the Legislature to run for Hampden County Register of Probate in November.