|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixth Worcester District|
|2011 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||May 10, 2011|
Durant earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. His professional experience includes working as the Vice President of Service for Yankee Technology in Ludlow, Massachusetts, and as a small business owner.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Durant served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Post Audit and Oversight|
|• Municipalities and Regional Government Joint|
|• Transportation Joint|
Durant's campaign site highlighted the following campaign themes:
- The Economy and Jobs: "Time and again we see that the way to stimulate and rebuild our economy is with lower not higher taxes. Lower taxes means more money for individuals to spend, and more money for businesses to invest and create jobs. Higher taxes stifle growth, discourage investment, and prolong our recession. To get this economy back on track there are several concrete steps we must take now."
- Accountability in Government: "The people of Massachusetts are frustrated. We're frustrated because our government is unresponsive to our concerns, and uncaring of our needs. We're frustrated because we have a government that can't seem to do what it is supposed to: Protect our lives and property, educate our children to compete in the world, and provide us the opportunity to prosper and thrive as we see fit. Instead, government grows for the sake of growing, and spends our money recklessly. We need to end the wasteful spending on Beacon Hill, and demand more accountability from our elected leaders. I will push for meaningful reform from our government, and hold people accountable for their results."
- Education: "We are fortunate here in Massachusetts to have one of the best educational systems in the country. Unfortunately however, we are now competing with the rest of the world. The technologies of tomorrow come from the education that our children receive today and we need to improve that education, especially in the areas of math and science, or risk becoming a second class country."
- Registry of Motor Vehicles: "I don't think there is another local issue that better illustrates the blatant disregard Beacon Hill has for those it serves, as the debacle of the Southbridge Registry. We need a real solutions and out-of-the-box thinking to make dealing with the RMV a win-win situation for both the community and government."
- Casino Gambling: "While I do not believe that casinos should be used as the cure-all to our state budget woes, I do support casino gambling in Massachusetts. It seems to me to be a waste that the tax dollars generated by casino gambling should go to our neighbors in Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition, Massachusetts casinos would mean that those who prefer that type of entertainment will have places closer to home in which to travel to, should they enjoy gambling. In addition, permanent, well paying jobs will be created."
Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Karen Spiewak was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Peter Durant was unopposed in the Republican primary. Durant defeated Spiewak in the general election.
Durant won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Worcester District. Durant was unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary and defeated Kathleen Walker (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixth Worcester District, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Peter Durant Incumbent||55.5%||9,676|
A new election for the Sixth Worcester seat was held on May 10, 2011. Durant again faced Geraldo Alicea (D), defeating Alicea by a 56 vote margin. Besides the race's original contenders, Robert Cirba and Peter Boria also ran as independents. Although neither was in strong contention for the seat, each garnered more than the 56 vote margin of victory.
Durant was a candidate for the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixth Worcester District in the November 2, 2010 state legislative election. Durant defeated Michael Jaynes in the September 14 Republican primary. The general election race between incumbent Geraldo Alicea (D) and Durant was declared a tie and required a new election. Superior Court Judge Richard Tucker ruled that one absentee ballot that had been discarded should count for Alicea, thus creating a tie at 6,587 votes each.
A new election was set for May 10, 2011, with a primary on April 12, 2011. In keeping with the Massachusetts Constitution, Alicea continued to occupy the Sixth Worcester seat until a new election was declared.
Comprehensive donor information for Durant is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Durant raised a total of $129,885 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 20, 2013.
|Peter Durant's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Massachusetts House, Sixth Worcester||$34,357|
|2011||Massachusetts House, Sixth Worcester||$68,463|
|2010||Massachusetts House, Sixth Worcester||$27,065|
|Grand Total Raised||$129,885|
In 2012, Durant received $34,357 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Peter Durant's campaign in 2012|
|Marlboro Republican City Cmte||$4,150|
|Massachusetts Independent PAC for Working Families||$1,000|
|Sutton Republican Town Cmte||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$$34,357|
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- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2012 State Primary Results," accessed February 13, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 6, 2012," accessed February 13, 2014
- Telegram and Gazette, "Durant wins in 6th District by 56 votes," May 10, 2011
- Boston Globe, "Judge rules Worcester House race a tie, orders new election," February 1, 2011
- Ballot Access News, "Massachusetts Tied Legislative Vote from November Won’t be Resolved Until May," February 10, 2011
- Follow the Money, "Durant, Peter J," accessed December 20, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Massachusetts 2012 - Candidates," accessed June 18, 2014
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