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Donald Berwick
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Candidate for
Governor of Massachusetts
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHarvard College (1968)
Master'sHarvard University (1972)
M.D.Harvard Medical School (1972)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 9, 1946
Websites
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Donald Berwick is a Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 elections.[1][2]

Education

  • B.A., Harvard College, 1968; Social relations
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1972.
  • M.S., John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1972; Public Policy[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Berwick is running for election as Governor of Massachusetts.[4][5] Berwick is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on September 16, 2014.[6] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Current incumbent Deval Patrick, a Democrat first elected in 2006, is eligible to run for re-election in 2014. However, after winning re-election in 2010, Patrick stated that he would not seek a third term as governor in the 2014 election.[7][8]

The race to replace Patrick includes a slew of Democratic hopefuls and independent party candidates. The field of Democrats competing for their party's nomination in the primary, which is scheduled for September 16, 2014, has attracted individuals already serving in elected office. Attorney general Martha Coakley, state treasurer and Steve Grossman are both running for the Governor's seat.[9]

Daniel Wolf, a state senator who announced his intentions to run early on, dropped out of the race after his campaign was suspended "indefinitely" since his Aug 2, 2013 disqualification by the Massachusetts Ethics Commission for being a stakeholder in an airline he previously founded, CapeAir. Since CapeAir is now a quasi-public agency whose board is controlled by the governor, the commission ruled Wolf's ties to be a violation of state conflict of interest prohibitions.[10][11] On September 19, the commission granted Wolf a second extension to his compliance deadline, beyond which he would be forced to resign his state senate seat and officially withdraw from the governor race.[12][13][14] The uncertainty about if and when he could resume campaigning resulted in Wolf's decision to officially withdraw from the race on October 21, 2013. [15][16][17][12] Wolf's withdrawal paved the way for a nasty executive vs. executive primary battle between Attorney General Coakley, the current front-runner according to recent polls, and State Treasurer Grossman.

Charlie Baker, a venture capitalist who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, again won his party's nomination at the convention on March 22, 2014. The other Republican challenger, Mark Fisher narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15% of the vote with just 14.765%. About 6 more votes, out of the 2,500 cast, would have led to a primary run-off between Fisher and Baker.[18][19] The blank ballots that were cast at the convention were counted in the total, reducing the percentage that Fisher received just enough to push him off the ballot. Kirsten Hughes, the Massachusetts Republican party chairwoman, told the media after the convention that blanks should not count towards the total. She retracted that statement days later saying she misspoke.[20]

Fisher's campaign believes that there was possible collusion between the Massachusetts Republican party and Baker's campaign, along with improper conduct at the convention. Debbie McCarthy, Fisher's campaign manager, said the campaign was considering filing two lawsuits. One lawsuit would dispute the convention results while the other would allege the collusion between the state party and Baker's campaign, a violation of party rules.[21] The civil suit would call for the release of e-mails, texts, and phone records to prove the collusion.[22]

The lawsuit to dispute the convention results was brought before a judge Friday, April 11, 2014 in Superior Court. The lawyer for the Massachusetts Republican Party, Louisa Ciaverra, told the judge that ruling would violate the rights of the delegates who voted at the convention, and the rights should not be able to be overruled by judicial interference. He maintained that the Massachusetts GOP has strict rules in place for a reason and that Fisher did not make the ballot in accordance with those rules. The judge noted that the case he was ruling on was brought to him as an allegation that the party violated its own rules He said that the fact on trial was whether a blank ballot counted as a vote. [20]

If the convention results are overturned, and Fisher makes the primary ballot, Baker will have had to defend his more moderate views as a Republican, and work to distance himself from the Democratic candidates. Baker supports both abortion rights and gay marriage, a contrast to many views of his conservative Republican supporters.[22]

Polls

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Four way race
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't knowRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
54%25%3%3%14%1%+/-5424
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Four way race
Poll Steve Grossman Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't knowRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
38%29%4%9%19%1%+/-5424
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-up: Charlie Baker vs. Democratic Candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanDonald BerwickJuliette KayyemNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
34%45%0%0%0%21%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
29%0%35%0%0%36%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
32%0%0%29%0%37%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
32%0%0%0%32%36%+/-5.9500
AVERAGES 31.75% 11.25% 8.75% 7.25% 8% 32.5% +/-5.9 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
36%46%0%18%+/-4.4500
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
35%0%34%31%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 35.5% 23% 17% 24.5% +/-4.4 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Mark Fisher vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Mark Fisher Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
30%50%0%20%+/-4.4500
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
26%0%35%38%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 28% 25% 17.5% 29% +/-4.4 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker and Independents vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Jeff McCormickEvan FalchukMartha CoakleySteve GrossmanDon BerwickJuliette KayyemJoe AvelloneAnother candidateUndecided/Refused/Won't voteMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
29%3%1%39%0%0%0%0%2%26%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
33%5%1%0%23%0%0%0%2%36%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
36%8%2%0%0%13%0%0%2%40%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
37%7%2%0%0%0%15%0%1%38%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
36%8%2%0%0%0%0%13%2%39%+/-4.4504
AVERAGES 34.2% 6.2% 1.6% 7.8% 4.6% 2.6% 3% 2.6% 1.8% 35.8% +/-4.4 504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker (R)* Martha CoakleyMike CapuanoDon BerwickSteve GrossmanJoe AvelloneNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
38%51%0%0%0%0%11%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
37%0%0%42%0%0%21%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
38%0%0%31%0%0%31%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
37%0%0%0%38%0%25%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
40%0%0%0%0%30%30%+/-4.0616
Western New England University
(October 1-7, 2013)
34%54%0%0%0%0%10%+/-5.0431
Western New England University
(October 1-7, 2013)
30%0%0%0%43%0%25%+/-5.0431
AVERAGES 36.29% 15% 0% 10.43% 11.57% 4.29% 21.86% +/-4.29 563.14
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickJoe AvelloneDan WolfJuliette KayyemUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll of (Sample of Democratic voters
(September 20-23, 2013)
57%10%6%4%3%2%17%+/-5.4324
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Personal

Berwick and his wife, Ann, live in Newton. Together they have four adult children and two grandchildren.[3]

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References

  1. Wicked Local, "Newton's Don Berwick announces run for governor," June 17, 2013
  2. Boston.com "Democrat Berwick to run for Mass. governor," June 17, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Boston.com, Mass. governor hopeful Berwick, at a glance, February 22, 2014
  4. Boston Globe "Health leader Donald Berwick starts bid for governor," June 17, 2013
  5. National Review "Health-Care Rationer Berwick Running for Mass. Governor," June 17, 2013
  6. USA Today "Obama's ex-Medicare chief running for Mass. governor," June 17, 2013
  7. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  8. Boston Globe, "Grossman considering gun for governor in 2014," October 31, 2012
  9. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  10. Boston.com, "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  11. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wolfsays
  14. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  15. The Boston Herald, "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race#sthash.Wyc0wMfq.dpuf," October 22, 2013
  16. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bg
  18. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  19. Boston Globe, Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 Telegram, "Mass. GOP, Fisher spar in court over ballot access," April 11, 2014
  21. Massachusetts Live, Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access, March 25, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 Boston.com, Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP, March 23, 2014