Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
William Keating Democratic Party
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Massachusetts U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Heading into the election the incumbent is William Keating (D), who was first elected in 2010. Prior to redistricting due to the 2010 census, he served as the representative of Massachusetts' defunct 10th Congressional District.

While William Keating does not face any primary challenge, a number of Republican candidates have stepped forward to battle for the nomination and the opportunity to challenge him in the general election. Included in these candidates is former Mitt Romney administration official John Chapman.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 6, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Massachusetts is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in the primary election. They may choose which party ballot they wish to vote on and still remain unaffiliated.[1]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by August 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 15, 2014.[2]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is William Keating (D), who was first elected in 2010. Prior to redistricting due to the 2010 census, he served as the representative of Massachusetts' defunct 10th Congressional District.

Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes Plymouth county.[3]

Candidates

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[7] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[8] Keating voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[10] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Keating voted for HR 2775.[11]

Endorsements

John Chapman

  • Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson endorsed John Chapman (R) on February 27, 2014.[12]
    • "John Chapman gives us the opportunity to see the results of change sooner rather than later. John is a champion of limited government, lower taxes and less business regulation, and he will make job creation his No. 1 priority. With his background and platform, he has the best candidate to run and win in the fall," said Hodgson.[12]
  • In March 2014, Chapman was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.[13]

Campaign contributions

Bill Keating

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Keating’s reports.[15]

Bill Keating (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$248,278.10$44,846.28$(42,106.51)$251,017.87
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$251,017.87$106,529.70$(39,279.70)$318,267.87
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$318,267.87$96,850.41$(42,213.42)$372,904.86
Year-end[19]January 31, 2014$372,904$86,020$(40,054)$418,871
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$418,871$169,889$(38,300)$550,459
Running totals
$504,135.39$(201,953.63)

John Chapman

John Chapman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[21]January 31, 2014$0$118,385$(12,583)$105,802
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$105,802$102,491$(88,871)$119,421
Running totals
$220,876$(101,454)

Vincent Cogliano

Vincent Cogliano Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[23]January 31, 2014$0$2,500$(0)$2,500
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$2,500$2,165$(1,290)$3,375
Running totals
$4,665$(1,290)

Daniel Shores

Daniel Shores (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$0$205,239$(29,221)$176,017
Running totals
$205,239$(29,221)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 9th District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Stephen Lynch (D) ran for the 8th District seat due to redistricting in 2012. The now defunct 10th District incumbent William Keating won the 9th District seat. He defeated Christopher Sheldon (R) and Daniel Botelho (I) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Keating Incumbent 55.1% 212,754
     Republican Christopher Sheldon 30.2% 116,531
     Independent Daniel Botelho 8.5% 32,655
     N/A All Others 0.1% 465
     N/A Blank Votes 6.1% 23,394
Total Votes 385,799
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Stephen Lynch won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Philip Dunkelbarger (R) and Vernon Harrison (I) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lynch incumbent 68.3% 157,071
     Republican Vernon Harrison 26.1% 59,965
     Independent Philip Dunkelbarger 5.5% 12,572
     None Other 0.2% 356
Total Votes 229,964

See also

External links

References

  1. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. Massachuestts Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Boston.com, "Former Romney administration official to challenge Keating for Congressional seat," accessed January 14, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Patriot Ledger, "Second Republican announces candidacy for 9th Congressional District," accessed February 3, 2014
  6. Greenfield Reporter, "Republican Daniel Shores challenging Mass. US Rep. Keating in 9th Congressional District race," accessed February 15, 2014
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 SouthCoast Today, "Sheriff endorses Republican candidate for Congress," accessed February 27, 2014
  13. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  14. Insurance News Net, "Romney backs Chapman in 9th District race," accessed April 12, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "William Keating Summary Report," accessed July 26, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "William Keating April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "William Keating July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "William Keating October Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 4, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 4, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  26. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013