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Karen Spilka

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Karen Spilka
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5
Date of primaryOctober 15, 2013
Current office
Massachusetts State Senate, Second Middlesex and Norfolk
In office
2004 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
2001-2002
Education
Bachelor'sCornell University, 1975
J.D.Northeastern University School of Law, 1980
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 11, 1953
Place of birthNew York City, New York
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Karen E. Spilka (b. January 11, 1953) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Second Middlesex and Norfolk district. She was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Spilka was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[1] She was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[2]

She served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004. She was also a member, vice-chair, and chair of the Ashland School Committee; and served on the Democratic Town Committee. Spilka has served on a number of non-legislative committees, including the Ashland Charter Review Committee, Ashland Fiscal Affairs Committee, Ashland Personnel Board, MetroWest Workforce Development, and Taskforce Steering Committee.

Biography

Spilka earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1975, and J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1980. Spilka's professional experience includes working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Employee Relations and the Senior Counsel of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority; and as an arbitrator/mediator/fact finder and attorney.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Spilka served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics and Rules
Steering and Policy
Rules Joint

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Spilka served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Spilka served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Karen Spilka is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

2013

See also: Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Spilka was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[1] The election was held to replace outgoing Rep. Ed Markey (D) who was elected to the U.S. Senate in the June 25th election for John Kerry's vacant seat after his appointment as Secretary of State.[4][5] She was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[2]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark 31.6% 21,983
Peter Koutoujian 22% 15,303
Carl Sciortino 16% 11,160
Will Brownsberger 14.6% 10,163
Karen Spilka 13.1% 9,088
John Paul Maisano 2.2% 1,520
Martin Long 0.6% 398
Total Votes 69,615
Source: Official Results from Massachusetts Elections Division

Endorsements

Two unions, UFCW Locals 791 and 328, announced their support for state senator Spilka on August 1, 2013.[6]

2012

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Spilka won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Second Middlesex and Norfolk District. Spilka was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

2010

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Spilka won re-election to the Second Middlesex and Norfolk District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Edward McGrath ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Second Middlesex and Norfolk District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Spilka (D) 34,499
Edward McGrath (R) 23,707
All Others 51
Blanks 2,902

2008

On November 4, 2008, Spilka won re-election to the state senate in the Second Middlesex and Norfolk district.[9] In this election she raised $55,955-; of that total $54,626- (97.7%) was from in state contributions and $1,275- (2.3%) was from out of state contributions.[10]

Massachusetts State Senate - Second Middlesex and Norfolk district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Spilka (D) 57,006
All Others 888
Blanks 22,032

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Spilka received $128,490 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Spilka's campaign in 2010
Massachusetts Democratic Party$1,500
Retired Public Employees$1,000
Massachusetts Association Of Realtors$800
Commercial Real Estate Development Association$750
Giblin, Kevin$750
Total Raised in 2010 $128,490

2008

In 2008 Karen Spilka collected $55,955 in donations.[12]

Her three largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Psychiatric Society $1,000
Retired Public Employees $1,000
Boston Police Patrolmen's Association $1,000

Personal

Karen Spilka was born in New York City, New York and raised in Ashland, Massachusetts. She is currently married to Joel Spilka with three children. Spilka has been involved with a number of organizations, including the Ashland Education Foundation, the Boston Bar Association, the Framingham Court Mediation Program, Framingham English as a Second Language Fund Committee, Framingham League of Women Voters, Industrial Relations Research Association, Labor Guild, Massachusetts Bar Association, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, MetroWest Economic Research Center, Framingham State College, MetroWest English as a Second Language Fund, MetroWest School to Career Steering Committee-Keefe Tech, MetroWest Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA), South Middlesex Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Tyler Hamilton Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.

Controversies

Hiding party affiliations

According to a Boston Herald article, Spilka has sent mailings to voters that do not list her party affiliation. The mailing reportedly says Spilka hopes to become the "next state senator," despite having served in office since 2004. He campaign officials said they are "running as if we're running for the first time."[13] Spilka's opponent said people don't care about a candidate's party, but rather, "whether you're an incumbent or a challenger."[14]

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Massachusetts State Senate Second Middlesex and Norfolk
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