UPDATED 4/22/14 10:00am: For grammar and clarity.
AGAWAM—Almost every candidate will feature or get questions about their family. It is standard politics. Shawn Allyn, one of the Democrats running for Hampden County district attorney, often has his law partner, Lisa Ball, at his side. She appears in promotion photos, joins him at political events and is credited with snapping behind the scenes pictures on Allyn’s Facebook page.
But Ball is not family, anymore. Not legally anyway. Allyn sees her as such, though. After all, she was something of his rock, when, as their marriage ended, Allyn came out as gay. “My best support was Lisa Ball. I could have never done this without her,” Allyn said.