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Donald Berwick
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Former candidate for
Governor of Massachusetts
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 9, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHarvard College (1968)
Master'sHarvard University (1972)
M.D.Harvard Medical School (1972)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 9, 1946
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Donald Berwick was 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]

On The Issues Vote Match

Donald Berwick's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Berwick is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Berwick received a score of 68 percent on social issues and 17 percent on economic issues.[4]

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[5]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Unknown Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: June, 2014.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Berwick was running for election as Governor of Massachusetts.[6][7] Berwick lost the Democratic nomination in the primary election on September 9, 2014.[8]

Results

Primary
Governor of Massachusetts, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Coakley 42.4% 228,754
Steve Grossman 36.5% 196,585
Don Berwick 21.1% 113,976
Total Votes 539,315
Election Results Via:NECN. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Campaign media


Don Berwick ad: A Better Choice

Don Berwick ad: Play Politics

Race background

Current incumbent Deval Patrick, a Democrat first elected in 2006, was 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.[9][10]

Democratic nomination

The field of Democrats competing for their party's nomination in the primary, which took place on September 9, 2014, attracted several current officeholders. Treasurer Steven Grossman won the state Democratic convention on June 14, 2014, while Attorney General Martha Coakley came in second. Physician Donald Berwick also secured a place on the primary ballot. Candidates Joe Avellone and Juliette Kayyem failed to achieve 15 percent of the convention backing to reach the primary ballot.[11][12] Coakley was the leading candidate in all polls against Grossman, but did not win over the party itself prior to the primary. Analysts posited that Coakley defeated Grossman based on higher name recognition. Party leaders are concerned she will not be able to win the general election. Grossman was the former chairman of the state and national Democratic parties.[13] Coakley defeated Grossman and Berwick in the September primary to reach the general election ballot.

Republican nomination

Daniel Wolf, a Republican 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.[14][15] 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 gubernatorial race.[16][17][18] 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. [19][20][21][16]

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, originally appeared to have narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15 percent of the vote with just 14.765 percent, but after challenging the results in court the judge ruled that Fisher should be allowed to appear with Baker on the primary ballot.[22][23] 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.[24][25][26] Baker defeated Fisher in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014.

Baker will have had to defend his more moderate views as a Republican in order to distance himself from Coakley. Baker supports both abortion rights and gay marriage, a contrast to many views of his conservative Republican supporters.[27]


Debates

August 20 Democratic debate

Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman and Don Berwick discussed a statewide initiative on casinos in Massachusetts during their debate at Stonehill College. This measure on the November 4 general election ballot would repeal a 2011 state law allowing resort casinos to operate in the state. Berwick differentiated himself from Coakley and Grossman by supporting Question 3, citing negative impacts on communities that host casinos. Coakley argued that she prefers other methods of economic growth, but revenue streams from casinos are used to strengthen programs to reduce gambling addiction. Grossman noted that casinos will add 15,000 jobs to the state when they open and will keep money from heading to casinos in other states.[28]

Coakley and Grossman took jabs at each other over campaign finances following a discussion of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's indictment for abuse of official capacity. Grossman branched off the question about Perry to point out a case where Coakley's office charged a lobbying firm with illegally charging a client for fees dependent on successful lobbying to the Massachusetts State Legislature. The attorney general announced that the Brennan Group, run by former state Sen. John Brennan, would pay $100,000 to the Franciscan Hospital for Children. Grossman noted that the settlement was far short of the $370,855 in fees paid to the group, and asked Coakley if Brennan was a donor to her campaign. Coakley answered that her campaign contributions were publicly available, and expressed opposition to unlimited funding through super PACs. Grossman's mother was the lead funding source for a super PAC that supported the gubernatorial candidate.[28]

Polls

General election
All candidates

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Five-way race
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickScott LivelyDon't know/ RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR
September 16-21, 2014
43%34%2%1%1%19%+/-4.4502
UMass Amherst/WBZ
September 19-23, 2014
46%45%2%2%2%3%+/-4.4600
Western New England University Polling Institute
September 20-28, 2014
43%44%2%2%1%8%+/-4598
The Boston Globe
September 21-23, 2014
38%40%2%2%1%18%+/-4.9400
WBUR
September 24-27, 2014
41%38%1%2%1%17%+/-4.4503
The Boston Globe
September 25-28, 2014
43.8%43.2%2%1.6%0.4%9%+/-4500
SocialSphere
September 28-30, 2014
36%39%2%1%1%21%+/-4.89401
UMass Amherst/WBZ
September 26-October 2, 2014
48%44%2%2%2%2%+/-5.5414
WBUR
October 1-4, 2014
41%39%2%2%1%15%+/-4.4504
The Boston Globe
October 5-7, 2014
39%34%3%2%2%20%+/-4.9400
WBUR
October 8-11, 2014
42%39%2%2%1%14%+/-4.4500
The Boston Globe
October 12-14, 2014
37%39%3%2%2%17%+/-4.9400
WBUR
October 15-18, 2014
42%43%1%2%1%10%+/-4.4501
AVERAGES 41.52% 40.09% 2% 1.82% 1.26% 13.31% +/-4.58 478.69
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 2014 Four-way race
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't know/ RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
54%25%3%3%15%+/-5424
The Boston Globe
July 13-15, 2014
38%33%1%8%19%+/-5625
AVERAGES 46% 29% 2% 5.5% 17% +/-5 524.5
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.

Major-party candidates

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 - Coakley v. Baker
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerIndependent/otherDon't know/RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR
September 11-14, 2014
44%35%15%6%+/-4.4504
The Boston Globe
September 14-16, 2014
39%36%6%19%+/-4.9407
Rasmussen Reports
September 16-17, 2014
42%42%5%10%+/-4750
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
47%41%1%11%+/-22,389
Rasmussen Reports
October 13-14, 2014
46%48%2%5%+/-3980
AVERAGES 43.6% 40.4% 5.8% 10.2% +/-3.66 1,006
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.

Primary and hypothetical polls

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Four-way race with Grossman
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 2014 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickJoe AvelloneDan WolfJuliette KayyemUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(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.
Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Boston Globe
(July 13-15, 2014)
46%18%5%30%+/-5347
Suffolk University/Boston Herald
(August 2014)
42.3%30%15.7%12%+/-0400
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
(August 25-31, 2014)
52%20%9%19%+/-4.55685
AVERAGES 46.77% 22.67% 9.9% 20.33% +/-3.18 477.33
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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups with Various Republican Candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Evan FalchukJeff McCormickMartha CoakleySteve GrossmanJuliette KayyemDon BerwickJoe AvelloneUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
32%2%7%37%0%0%0%0%22%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
32%2%8%0%26%0%0%0%31%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
36%2%7%0%0%20%0%0%36%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
37%2%9%0%0%0%18%0%35%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
36%2%9%0%0%0%0%17%36%+/-4.0602
AVERAGES 34.6% 2% 8% 7.4% 5.2% 4% 3.6% 3.4% 32% +/-4 602
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


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 (dead link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Boston.com, Mass. governor hopeful Berwick, at a glance, February 22, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 On The Issues, "Donald Berwick Vote Match," accessed June 17, 2014
  5. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  6. Boston Globe, "Health leader Donald Berwick starts bid for governor," June 17, 2013
  7. National Review, "Health-Care Rationer Berwick Running for Mass. Governor," June 17, 2013
  8. USA Today, "Obama's ex-Medicare chief running for Mass. governor," June 17, 2013
  9. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  10. Boston Globe, "Grossman considering gun for governor in 2014," October 31, 2012
  11. Boston Globe, "Steve Grossman gets Democrats’ nod at convention," June 15, 2014
  12. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  13. New York Times, "Massachusetts Democrat Wins Over Voters; Her Party Is a Different Story," June 13, 2014
  14. Boston.com, "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  15. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wolfsays
  18. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  19. 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
  20. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
  21. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bg
  22. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  23. Boston Globe, "Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor," March 22, 2014
  24. Telegram, "Mass. GOP, Fisher spar in court over ballot access," April 11, 2014
  25. The Boston Globe, "Mark Fisher bullish on making GOP gubernatorial ballot," April 28, 2014
  26. Massachusetts Live, "Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access," March 25, 2014
  27. Boston.com, "Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP," March 23, 2014
  28. 28.0 28.1 Lowell Sun, "Gov hopefuls debate pot, Perry, casinos," August 21, 2014