SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams has won a contested four-way primary for the Democratic nomination in the 11th Hampden District House seat.
With all precincts reporting, Williams was the top vote-getter, receiving votes or 1,576 votes or 48% to Ben Swan, Jr.’s 1,158 votes or 36%, Ken Barnett’s 284 votes or 9%, and Larry Lawson’s 237 votes or 7%.
Swan actually came over to Williams victory party at Panache Banquet Hall and congratulated him on his victory moments after it was announced.
Williams told 22News he’s heading to Beacon Hill with the goal of increasing jobs in western Massachusetts and addressing our continuing opiate addiction crisis. He also said that this is the most humbling election he has ever been a part of, because it is the most prestigious position he has ever run for.
Swan told 22News that he is still going to be involved in local politics, and this is not the end of his political career.
The 11th Hampden District includes much of central Springfield, including all of the Bay, McKnight, Old Hill, and Upper Hill neighborhoods, as well as portions of the East Forest Park, East Springfield, Forest Park, Pine Point, Six Corners, and Sixteen Acres neighborhoods. It has been represented for years by Democrat Benjamin Swan, Sr. who is retiring.
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