Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

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Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

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List of candidates
Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin DistrictBristol and Norfolk DistrictFirst Bristol and Plymouth DistrictSecond Bristol and Plymouth DistrictCape and Islands DistrictFirst Essex DistrictSecond Essex DistrictFirst Essex and Middlesex DistrictSecond Essex and Middlesex DistrictThird Essex and Middlesex DistrictHampden DistrictFirst Hampden and Hampshire DistrictSecond Hampden and Hampshire DistrictHampshire and Franklin DistrictFirst Middlesex DistrictSecond Middlesex DistrictThird Middlesex DistrictFourth Middlesex DistrictMiddlesex and Essex DistrictFirst Middlesex and Norfolk DistrictSecond Middlesex and Norfolk DistrictMiddlesex and Worcester DistrictMiddlesex, Suffolk and Essex DistrictNorfolk and Plymouth DistrictNorfolk, Bristol and Middlesex DistrictNorfolk, Bristol and Plymouth DistrictPlymouth and Barnstable DistrictFirst Plymouth and Bristol DistrictSecond Plymouth and Bristol DistrictPlymouth and Norfolk DistrictFirst Suffolk DistrictSecond Suffolk DistrictFirst Suffolk and Middlesex DistrictSecond Suffolk and Middlesex DistrictSuffolk and Norfolk DistrictFirst Worcester DistrictSecond Worcester DistrictWorcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin DistrictWorcester and Middlesex DistrictWorcester and Norfolk Worcester District
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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.

Incumbents retiring

A total of four incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Barry Finegold Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, Second Essex and Middlesex
Gale Candaras Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, First Hampden and Hampshire
Therese Murray Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable
Stephen Brewer Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Massachusetts State Senate:

Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of August 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 36 Pending
     Republican Party 4 Pending
Total 40 40

Qualifications

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Article LXXI of the Massachusetts Constitution states: Every representative, for one year at least immediately preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen and shall cease to represent such district when he shall cease to be an inhabitant of the commonwealth.

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 20 of the 40 districts up for election in 2014, one major party candidate will run unopposed in the general election. A total of 18 Democrats and two Republicans are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in 20 of the 40 districts up for election. No Senate districts held competitive or mildly competitive elections in 2012.

Primary challenges

A total of three incumbents, all Democrats, face primary competition on September 9. Four incumbents are not seeking re-election and another 33 incumbents will advance past the primary without opposition. Incumbents facing opposition include:

Retiring incumbents

Four incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 36 incumbents (90.0%) are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, all Democrats, can be found above.

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on August 16, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Bristol & Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • James Timilty - Incumbent Timilty first assumed office in 2004.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

First Bristol & Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Bristol & Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Mark Montigny - Incumbent Montigny first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Cape & Islands District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Dan Wolf - Incumbent Wolf first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

First Essex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Essex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Third Essex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas McGee - Incumbent McGee first assumed office in 2002.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

First Essex & Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • Bruce Tarr - Incumbent Tarr first assumed office in 1995.

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Essex & Middlesex District

Note: Incumbent Barry Finegold (D) is running for state Treasurer.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Hampden District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • James Welch - Incumbent Welch first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

First Hampden & Hampshire District

Note: Incumbent Gale Candaras (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Hampden & Hampshire District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

First Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Third Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Mike Barrett - Incumbent Barrett first assumed office in 2013.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Fourth Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Fifth Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Jason Lewis - Incumbent Lewis first assumed office in 2014.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

First Middlesex & Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Middlesex & Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Karen Spilka - Incumbent Spilka first assumed office in 2004.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Middlesex & Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Middlesex & Worcester District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • Richard Ross - Incumbent Ross first assumed office in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Norfolk, Bristol & Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Brian Joyce - Incumbent Joyce first assumed office in 1998.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Norfolk & Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • John Keenan - Incumbent Keenan first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Norfolk & Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Michael Rush - Incumbent Rush first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Plymouth & Barnstable District

Note: Incumbent Therese Murray (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

First Plymouth & Bristol District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • Marc Pacheco - Incumbent Pacheco first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Plymouth & Bristol District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Plymouth & Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

First Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

First Suffolk & Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Suffolk & Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

First Worcester District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Second Worcester District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire & Middlesex District

Note: Incumbent Stephen Brewer (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Worcester & Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.

Note: Incumbent Jennifer Flanagan did not qualify for the primary due to a filing error; she is running a sticker campaign in order to be placed on the November ballot.[1] Unenrolled candidate Aaron Arsenault is conducting a sticker/write-in campaign to be placed on the November ballot.[2]

Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Worcester & Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

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