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Ruling Puts Candidate On September Primary Ballot

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Massachusetts election officials have rejected a challenge to a candidate for State Senate in western Massachusetts that was made by a fellow-Democrat.

The Massachusetts Ballot Law Commission ruled Friday that Eric Lesser meets the state’s five-year residency requirement for seeking a seat in the state legislature, even though he worked in the Obama White House until 2011.  The commission said during his time in Washington, Lesser was still registered to vote in Massachusetts and kept possessions at his family’s home in Longmeadow. Lesser said he was gratified by the ruling.

" This was an exercise in political theater. We've all seen this kind of thing before."

The challenge to Lesser’s  residency was filed by Tim Allen.  Lesser and Allen are two of five candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by State Senator Gale Candaras.