Mark Fisher (Massachusetts)

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Mark Fisher
Former candidate for
Governor of Massachusetts
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 9, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWestfield High (1976)
AssociateHartford State Technical College (1979)
Bachelor'sWorcester Polytechnic Institute (1983)
Master'sWorcester Polytechnic Institute
Date of birth1958
Place of birthWestfield, Massachusetts
ProfessionBusiness owner
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Mark Fisher was a Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 elections.[1] He lost in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014.

Fisher made the primary ballot after contesting the results of the Massachusetts Republican convention. Fisher originally appeared to have lost the Republican nomination to Charles D. Baker at the convention held on March 22, 2014 after failing to acquire 15 percent of the vote. Baker held 83 percent of the vote while Fisher came just shy of the threshold at 14.765 percent, blank votes had been counted in the total, bringing the candidates' percentages down.[2][3]


Fisher owns a metal manufacturing business, Merchant’s Fabrication, located in Auburn.[4]


  • High school: Westfield High, 1976
  • A.S.: Hartford State Technical College, (now Capital Community College) nuclear engineering technology, 1979
  • B.S.: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, mechanical engineering, 1983
  • Raytheon
  • M.S.: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, manufacturing
  • MBA: Worcester Polytechnic Institute[5]



See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Fisher was a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014. He lost in the Republican primary election on September 9, 2014.


Governor of Massachusetts, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles D. Baker 74.1% 116,004
Mark Fisher 25.7% 40,240
Write-in votes 0.2% 336
Total Votes 156,580
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.

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.[6][7]

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.[8][9] 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 were concerned she will not be able to win the general election. Grossman was the former chairman of the state and national Democratic parties.[10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13][14][15] 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. [16][17][18][13]

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.[19][2] 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][21][22] Baker defeated Fisher in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014.

Baker 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.[23]

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Campaign themes

Massachusetts Turnpike

As governor, Fisher stated his first priority would be to remove all tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike.[1]


August 21 Republican debate

Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher faced off over jobs, schools and gun control in a debate hosted by Middlesex Community College. Both candidates argued that government spending and regulations must be reduced to create a better environment for job creation. Baker suggested that a Republican should be elected governor in order to create "constructive friction" with the Democratic-controlled legislature that would yield new ideas. Fisher highlighted the need to end state spending on food stamps and other programs used by illegal immigrants.[24]

The debate turned toward a discussion of higher education costs in Massachusetts. Baker promoted solutions including three-year undergraduate programs, online education options and co-op programs at state universities. Fisher, the owner of a manufacturing firm, touted vocational education as a solution not only to college debt, but job preparation for graduates.[24]

Baker and Fisher shared conflicting views regarding the state's approach to gun violence. Baker suggested that smart-gun technology, which would require fingerprint identification before a gun can be discharged, should be available for gun owners. He also cited illegal weapons trafficking as a major issue facing the state. Fisher disagreed with Baker's assessment, suggesting that current laws are restrictive and only impact lawful gun owners.[24]

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Fisher and his wife, college sweetheart Margaret Mary O’Brien, have two children and reside in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 NECN, Republican Fisher enters Mass. race for governor, December 7, 2013 (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Boston Globe, Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014
  3. Boston Globe, "Judge clears way for Fisher to be put on GOP gubernatorial primary ballot," May 9, 2014
  4. Wicked Local, Shrewsbury manufacturer running for governor, December 7, 2013 (dead link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mark Fisher 2014, Meet Mark, accessed December 11, 2013
  6. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  7. Boston Globe, "Grossman considering gun for governor in 2014," October 31, 2012
  8. Boston Globe, "Steve Grossman gets Democrats’ nod at convention," June 15, 2014
  9. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  10. New York Times, "Massachusetts Democrat Wins Over Voters; Her Party Is a Different Story," June 13, 2014
  11., "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  12. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wolfsays
  15. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  16. The Boston Herald, "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at:," October 22, 2013
  17. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bg
  19. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  20. Telegram, "Mass. GOP, Fisher spar in court over ballot access," April 11, 2014
  21. The Boston Globe, "Mark Fisher bullish on making GOP gubernatorial ballot," April 28, 2014
  22. Massachusetts Live, "Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access," March 25, 2014
  23., "Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP," March 23, 2014
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Sentinel & Enterprise, "GOVERNOR DEBATE: Baker, Fisher spar on jobs, gun control, higher ed," August 22, 2014