Massachusetts state executive official elections, 2014

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Six state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Massachusetts.

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]

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Massachusetts:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds five out of six executive seats in Massachusetts, with the lieutenant governor's office vacant pending results of the general election.

Massachusetts State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 Pending
     Republican Party 0 Pending
     Vacant 1 Pending
Total 6 6
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Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Governor Deval Patrick
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2007 No
Lieutenant Governor Office currently vacant N/A
Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin
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1995 Yes[2]
Attorney General Martha Coakley
Martha Coakley.jpg
2007 Running for governor[3]
Treasurer Steven Grossman
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2010 No (Running for Governor)[4]
Auditor of the Commonwealth Suzanne Bump
Suzanne Bump.jpg
2011 Yes[5]

Governor

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Donald Berwick - Pediatrician, former Obama administration health care official[6]
Democratic Party Martha Coakley - Current Attorney General of Massachusetts[7]
Democratic Party Steven Grossman - Massachusetts Treasurer[8][9]

Republican primary

Republican Party Charles D. Baker - Venture Capitalist, 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee[10][11]
Republican Party Mark Fisher - Business owner[12]

General election

Independent Evan Falchuk - Attorney, Former Vice Chairman and President at Best Doctors, Inc.[13][6]
Independent Jeffrey McCormick - Venture capitalist[14][15]
Independent Scott Lively - Current pastor, former attorney[16]

Did not make general ballot

Democratic Party Juliette Kayyem - Former columnist for the Boston Globe, former Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs[17]
Democratic Party Joe Avellone - Health care executive, former Wellesley selectman[18]

Withdrew or declined

Democratic Party Daniel Wolf - State Sen., Cape and Islands District[19][20]
Democratic Party Michael Capuano - U.S. House Rep, 7th District[21][22]
Democratic Party Joe Curtatone - Mayor of Somerville[23][24]

Lieutenant Governor

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Leland Cheung - Cambridge City Councillor[25]
Democratic Party Steve Kerrigan
Democratic Party Michael Edward Lake - 2010 candidate for Massachusetts State Auditor, Executive Director of the World Class Cities Partnership

Withdrawn

Democratic Party James Arena-DeRosa[26]
Democratic Party Jonathan Edwards - Franklin County selectman[27]

General election

Republican Party Karyn Polito - Former state Rep. and 2010 candidate for Massachusetts Treasurer[28][29]<

Attorney General

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Maura Healey - Former Deputy Attorney General
Democratic Party Warren Tolman - Former state Senator and 2002 gubernatorial candidate

General election

Republican Party John B. Miller

Withdrew

Democratic Party Harold Naughton, Jr. - State Rep.[30][31]

Secretary of the Commonwealth

General election

Democratic Party William F. Galvin - Incumbent[32][33]
Republican Party David D'Arcangelo
Green Party Green-Rainbow Party candidate Danny Factor

Down Ballot

Treasurer

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Thomas Conroy - member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Thirteenth Middlesex district.[34]
Democratic Party Barry Finegold - State Sen.
Democratic Party Deb Goldberg - Non-profit president and former Brookline Selectman[35]

General election

Republican Party Mike Heffernan - Co-Founder and Advisory Board member of the tech start up Mobiquity, Inc.[36]
Green Party Ian Jackson - Green-Rainbow Party candidate[37]

Auditor

General election

Democratic Party Suzanne Bump
Republican Party Patricia Saint Aubin
Green Party Green-Rainbow Party candidate MK Merelice

Deadline Event
May 6, 2014 Signature filing deadline for party candidates seeking federal or statewide office to file with Registrar of Voters
June 3, 2014 Deadline for political party candidates seeking federal or statewide office to file with Secretary of Commonwealth
July 29, 2014 Deadline for nonpartisan candidates seeking federal or statewide office to file with Registrar of Voters
August 26, 2014 Deadline for nonpartisan candidates seeking federal or statewide office to file with Secretary of Commonwealth
September 9, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

Note: Karyn Polito advanced to the general election as the only Republican to file for this seat.


Attorney General

Note: John B. Miller advanced to the general election as the only Republican to file for this seat.


Secretary of the Commonwealth

Note: There were three candidates who filed for this position by the filing deadline, but no primary was required as each candidate filed for a different party.

Treasurer

Note: Mike Heffernan and Ian Jackson advanced to the general election as the only Republican and Green-Rainbow Party candidates to file for this seat, respectively.


Auditor

Note: There were three candidates who filed for this position by the filing deadline, but no primary was required as each candidate filed for a different party.

State executive organization

Executive officials in Massachusetts are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges. The following chart details the relationship among different branches of Massachusetts's state government:

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Ballotpedia reports

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See also

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References

  1. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. The Boston Globe, "Galvin’s pass on attorney general race opens door," October 9, 2013
  3. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  4. Boston Globe, "Cape state senator, treasurer to run for governor," July 11, 2013
  5. The Phoenix, "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wicked Local, "Newton's Don Berwick announces run for governor," June 17, 2013
  7. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  8. WCVB.com, "Steve Grossman officially announces run for gov. at Mass. Dem. convention," July 13, 2013
  9. The Walpole Times, "Murray: Grossman's plans won't affect my decision on running for gub," January 7, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  11. Boston.com, "Republican Charles Baker to announce Mass. gubernatorial bid Wednesday," accessed September 3, 2013
  12. Boston Globe, Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014
  13. Wicked Local, Newton resident Evan Falchuk announces 2014 gubernatorial run as United Independent candidate, February 25, 2013
  14. The Republic/MassLive.com, "Jeffrey McCormick of Boston jumps into Massachusetts governors race as independent candidate," October 21, 2013
  15. Jeff McCormick for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed December 31, 2013
  16. Massachusetts Live, Anti-gay minister Scott Lively, of Springfield, running for governor, December 16, 2014
  17. Boston Globe, Juliette Kayyem announces run for Mass. governor, August 21, 2013
  18. Joe Avellone for Governor, "Home," accessed April 14, 2013
  19. </wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race 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. The Boston Globe, "US Rep. Capuano to run for re-election, not governor," September 26, 2013
  22. The Phoenix, "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012
  23. The Boston Globe, "Somerville Mayor Curtatone will not run for governor," October 17, 2013
  24. The Boston Herald, "Curtatone: Decision on gubernatorial race 'days away,'" September 27, 2013
  25. Leland Cheung Campaign Website
  26. Go Local Worcester, NEW: Lt. Governor Candidate Arena-DeRosa Announces Campaign Staff, March 5, 2014
  27. Massachusetts Live, Whately selectman Jonathan Edwards will run for lieutenant governor, December 17, 2013
  28. Karyn Polito for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed December 31, 2013
  29. The Boston Globe, "Charlie Baker picks Karyn Polito as running mate," December 3, 2013
  30. Hank Naughton for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed October 25, 2013
  31. Natick Patch, Naughton Ends Campaign for Attorney General, February 9, 2014
  32. The Boston Globe, "Galvin’s pass on attorney general race opens door," October 9, 2013
  33. Bill Gavin Secretary of State Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 9, 2013
  34. Boston.com State Representative Tom Conroy to announce campaign for state treasurer Thursday, January 9, 2014
  35. Deb Goldberg for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed December 31, 2013
  36. Mike Heffernan 2014, About, accessed January 28, 2014
  37. Berkshire Eagle, Democrat Conroy shares his visions as state treasurer candidate, January 13, 2014