SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State Representative Benjamin Swan announced his retirement Tuesday, and his son, Benjamin Swan, Jr., announced his candidacy for the open seat.
A Springfield Democrat, Swan has represented the 11th Hampden District for the past 22 years. His son is one of five candidates hoping to fill it. During his announcement Tuesday, the younger Swan said that he was born and raised in the district, and cares about the community. Other candidates in the race include longtime Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams.
Swan and Williams both told 22News that if they won the seat, they would focus on employment opportunities.
“First of all, employment. City jobs for city people- the economic engine needs to be revitalized in the 11th Hampden District,” Williams said.
“People have been replaced by machines,” Swan said. “Those machines can operate anywhere in the world. So, we have a real jobs crisis.”
The other candidates for the 11th Hampden seat are Ken Barnett, Larry Lawson, and Michael Jones, who ran for mayor of Springfield in the last election. This will be Lawson’s fifth run for the 11th Hampden District seat.