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Lancaster native opens lieutenant governor campaign committee

The Presidential Inaugural Committee’s CEO has opened a campaign committee and the door to a run for lieutenant governor. Stephen Kerrigan, a Lancaster Democrat, ran the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina last year

The State House News Service reported on Dec. 13 that Kerrigan was considering a run for lieutenant governor:

Kerrigan, 41 and openly gay, began meeting with close friends, associates and political leaders with whom he has worked over the years after the November election and his duties in Charlotte were wrapped up. With a resume that includes work at the local, state and federal levels of government, Kerrigan, who is not well known outside of political circles, is hoping to parlay his experience into a run for public office of his own.

Kerrigan first entered the public arena as a finance committee member and then a selectman in Lancaster at the age of 25 before going on to work for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, handling scheduling and advance duties before becoming Kennedy’s political director from 1996 through 2003.

On Tuesday, the day after President Obama’s second inaugural, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance posted a statement of organization for his committee. Stephen Bilafer of Dedham is listed as the campaign chairman and treasurer.

Kerrigan is also a former chief of staff for the Democratic National Convention host committee when it was in Boston in 2004, and a former chief of staff to ex-Attorney General Thomas Reilly.