4 Democrats looking to fill Ben Swan Sr.’s 11th Hampden District House seat

Democratic candidates for the 11th Hampden District House seat. From upper left to lower right: Ken Barnett, Larry Lawson, Ben Swan, Jr., and Bud Williams.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s the race for the Democratic candidate of the Massachusetts House 11th Hampden District.

Ben Swan is the current Springfield State Representative, but this year, he has chosen not to seek a 12th two-year term. Now, 4 democrats are running for the seat.

First is Swan’s son, Ben Jr., who is the Springfield planning board chairman, Larry Lawson, who is on the ballot for the 7th time, Ken Barnett, the former commissioner of the Springfield Civic Center and Symphony Hall and Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams.

There’s no Republican candidate on the ballot, but there’s a chance a write-in candidate could qualify.

22News went to the polls at American International College, where voter turnout is extremely low.

Ida Williams of Springfield told 22News, “I think it’s important for people to vote so they can have a freedom of choice as to who they have lead them.”

To put it in perspective how low, as of 4:30PM, 92% of voters had not voted at one of the precincts. At another precinct, 80%.

Mary Kegler of Springfield told 22News, “That’s very shocking. I think it’s important for everyone to get out and vote, and to vote to help our community.”

You have until 8:00 Thursday night to vote.

Watch the results tonight on 22News at 10 on the CW Springfield.

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