The husband of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer believes her rival in the 2019 election should pay for suggesting he tampered with ballots, an allegation investigated and found baseless by the state Elections Division.

In a lawsuit filed Sept. 8 in Berkshire Superior Court, Barry Clairmont claims Melissa Mazzeo, Tyer's opponent in the Nov. 5, 2019, election, engaged in defamation and should be ordered to compensate him for causing damage to his reputation as a certified public accountant.

Mazzeo said early Friday she had not yet been served with court papers.

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