A Springfield city councilor is on track to juggle two elected positions in the new year, as he begins a term in the Massachusetts state legislature.
Councilor Bud Williams, a Democrat, will be sworn in as a state representative next week, but he’ll still be an at-large city councilor in Springfield.
Williams did not respond to a request for comment for this story, but he told the Springfield Republican newspaper this week that he hasn’t yet decided whether to give up his council seat.
Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega was in a similar spot in 2013, and kept both positions. Vega said being a City Councilor is a part-time job.
“Every city councilor has another job, right? A full-time job,” Vega said. “In essence, you could say, ‘Listen, state rep. is my full-time job, and just like you, City Council’s my part-time job.'”
Vega said he was busy that year, but believed he fully represented his constituents in both roles.
If Bud Williams chooses to stay on the Springfield City Council, his current term will end in January of 2018. If he steps down, the next highest vote-getter from the 2015 election would take his place. According to Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola, that would be Jesse Lederman.