Massachusetts Attorney General election, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014
Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Results
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 Past elections
- 5 Key deadlines
- 6 Ballotpedia reports
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The race to replace Coakley included Democratic candidate Maura Healey and Republican candidate John B. Miller. Healey won election to a four-year term. Democrats won by comfortable margins in the previous two elections, which are detailed in the past elections section. Learn more about where the candidates stood on major issues facing Massachusetts by jumping to the campaign themes section.
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.
Filed for other office
Martha Coakley - Incumbent
Lost in primary
Warren Tolman - Former state Senator and 2002 gubernatorial candidate
|Attorney General of Massachusetts, 2014|
|Republican||John B. Miller||38.2%||793,821|
|Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.|
|Massachusetts Attorney General, Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.|
John B. Miller won the Republican nomination without opposition.
Both candidates in the race for Attorney General of Massachusetts made public statements about issues facing Massachusetts residents. The following sections quote these statements verbatim from campaign websites.
I am running for Attorney General because my experience, drive and vision for the office make me the best candidate to fight for Massachusetts. As a division and bureau chief in the Attorney General’s Office, I have been on the front lines fighting for fairness, equality and justice. I will lead using the strengths and skills I have acquired throughout my career as a lawyer, advocate and prosecutor.
As Chief of the Civil Rights Division, Maura brought the nation’s first civil rights case by a state against a subprime lender to hold it accountable for charging minority borrowers more for the same mortgages. She knows that abusive and discriminatory lending practices strip equity out of communities and leave neighborhoods trapped in poverty. She will continue to fight to end bias in lending practices and outcomes.
Clean Energy Economy
The next Attorney General must lead on both energy policy and environmental protection. In the era of climate change, advancing clean energy and energy efficiency is critical to safeguarding the environment and will grow the economy. Maura believes that the Attorney General’s ratepayer advocacy and environmental protection mandates go hand in hand. She will act as a 21st century ratepayer advocate, seeking savings for consumers by controlling energy costs, reducing energy use, reducing our reliance on resources from outside New England, and diversifying our fuel supply. Maura will listen to all sectors – residential, commercial, and industrial – and strive for balanced solutions.
As Maura did when she oversaw the Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Division, she will also ensure that Massachusetts continues to stand with the EPA on regulating greenhouse gases and toxic emissions from power plants and reducing cross-state air pollution through enforcement of the “good neighbor rule.”
The Attorney General’s Office must engage with the needs of the community. This requires being proactive, not only by listening to complaints, but by communicating with community organizations, advocacy groups, and local leaders to know what is happening on the ground. As Chief of the Civil Rights Division, I oversaw a team of paralegals and lawyers that handled dozens of constituent complaints each week. I was committed to trying to help every person who called. I also met with stakeholders, community groups, and advocacy organizations on a regular basis to ensure that we were focused on the issues that confronted the communities we were charged with protecting. I will expand the Office’s public engagement and outreach efforts, implement a more coordinated system for reviewing constituent complaints, and expand outreach to communities. By devoting more resources to these endeavors, and by recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce, I know we can better serve the people of Massachusetts.
Maura led the Attorney General’s Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau, which is charged with protecting Massachusetts consumers. Under her leadership, the office has taken on abusive mortgage lenders, for-profit colleges, payday lenders and companies that target the elderly with scams. Maura has worked on nation-leading regulations to stop abusive lending to home-buyers and students. Her aggressive plan to stop abusive lending by for-profit colleges calls for new enforcement actions, adoption of regulations, changes in legislation and increased public awareness efforts in partnership with communities.
Criminal Justice Reform
Maura was a criminal prosecutor and a civil rights attorney. It’s not enough to be tough on crime; we need to be smart on crime. Massachusetts needs to invest in new approaches and programs focused on prevention, stabilization and treatment, with a particular focus on mental and behavioral health as well as addiction and education. Families will remain in poverty if their breadwinners continue to face revolving incarceration. We also need to ensure that those incarcerated receive life skills, education, job-training or other training to help them succeed released, therefore reducing their risk of recidivism.
In the Attorney General’s Office, Maura was a champion for people with disabilities in ensuring access to education, employment, housing, transportation and public accommodation. Maura achieved a landmark settlement with Apple, Inc. to ensure that the iTunes education platform was accessible to blind and other print disabled users. Understanding that people with disabilities are disproportionately under or unemployed, she reached an agreement with Monster.com to make sure its job website and mobile applications were accessible. She also worked to achieve a settlement agreement with the country’s three largest movie theaters companies so that people who are visually-impaired or deaf can enjoy the movie-going experience, and to make ATMs accessible. She also aggressively investigated and brought cases against landlords, employers, and storeowners who failed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
Maura agrees strongly with Governor Patrick that the opioid addiction epidemic is a public health emergency in our state. Drug addiction is a threat not only to addicts but to families and communities. We must use all of government’s authority, including the powers of the Attorney General to lead on this issue.
To support working people in our state and take on growing income inequality, Maura believes we first have to do three things: 1) raise the minimum wage and tie it to the rising cost of living, 2) achieve a progressive tax structure so that the investments we must make in our future are not shouldered by those with the least, and 3) support unionization across industries and workplaces to give workers the voice and collective bargaining power to create good paying jobs that support healthy, working and middle class communities. As the next Attorney General, Maura will be an advocate for those reforms. The next Attorney General is charged with enforcing our fair labor laws and Maura will bring additional resources necessary to protect workers from abuse or exploitation.
Environment & Energy
Maura is a strong advocate for the environment and for a cleaner, healthier, more energy-efficient Massachusetts. She believes that our next AG must respond aggressively to global warming.
Fishing is a key industry in Massachusetts, supporting many families and businesses, and a significant part of our history and culture. My grandfather worked on the fishing docks of Gloucester, and my family roots are in Newburyport and along the North Shore. I care deeply about the needs of our fishing communities in Massachusetts, and will continue to be an advocate on their behalf.
When I was in the Attorney General’s Office, I worked on efforts to assist fishing communities throughout Massachusetts. That work included suing NOAA over its failure to consider the devastating economic impacts of its regulations, and advocating for much-needed disaster relief. I also oversaw the HomeCorps program, which helped stop foreclosures and keep families in their homes, and set up a separate liaison for fishing families.
When Healey led Coakley’s Public Protection Bureau, the AG sued a for-profit school that aggressively recruited students with false promises of high earnings and misrepresented its courses and facilities. It eventually agreed to repay student borrowers $425,000.
The significant law enforcement, consumer protection, and public safety impacts of expanded casino gaming in Massachusetts make this a central issue for our next Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer of our state. Therefore, I believe you have a right to know exactly where I, and all the candidates for Attorney General, stand on casinos. I’m strongly opposed. I support repeal of the gaming law. I do not believe a modern economy that creates opportunities for every person can be built on gambling.
Maura is committed to eliminating the scourge of gun violence and addressing the deep public health and public safety crisis created by the proliferation and misuse of guns in our homes, on our streets and in our communities.
Maura believes that every resident of our state deserves affordable, high quality health care. This includes ensuring parity for mental health services. Mental health services must be just as available as services for physical injuries and sickness.
Every person who calls Massachusetts home should have a safe, affordable, and stable place to live. As a leader in the Attorney General’s Office, I initiated fair housing lawsuits, took on subprime lenders for their predatory practices, and oversaw the first-in-the-nation HomeCorps program, which was created to keep families in their homes and stop unnecessary foreclosures. Through that work, I witnessed the critical housing challenges that Massachusetts families and residents face.
Maura has an unmatched record of leadership and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community. As Chief of the Civil Rights Division, Maura developed and argued the nation’s first successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). At the time, in 2009, the President was still defending the law and the majority of Americans were still opposed to equal marriage.
As a civil rights attorney, a consumer advocate, and a first-time candidate from outside the political establishment, I am deeply committed to fighting political corruption and bringing more openness and transparency to Beacon Hill. I have both the independence and the experience to make that happen.
The Attorney General is the people’s lawyer and advocate. It is the Attorney General’s responsibility to investigate and prosecute political corruption at all levels, including the gray areas of the law that have too often allowed insiders to hire unqualified people into significant positions of public service.
The rigged hiring system uncovered in the Probation Department is a prime example of the kind of misconduct I will root out as Attorney General. Those practices were absolutely illegal. The fact that they constituted business as usual on Beacon Hill is even more of a problem. Fake systems, supported by fake documents, used to hire relatives and political allies, are a betrayal of the public trust.
I am running as an independent leader and will work aggressively on behalf of the public to address corruption of all forms in our state government.
An important part of ending political corruption is promoting transparency in government. That is why I have run the most transparent campaign in this race. I released five years of my tax returns and was the first statewide candidate to do so. I post my answers to all candidate questionnaires on my website, so the public knows what I am saying to private interest groups. In the Democratic Primary, I proposed and won agreement on a strong ban on special interest spending. Transparency is a core value of my campaign, and I will bring that commitment with me to the Attorney General’s Office.
As Attorney General, I will also modernize the Office’s website to ensure full access to information. I will support our state courts putting more court documents online. And as legal counsel to our state agencies, I will work to ensure transparency and open practices across state government.
In light of the recent Supreme Court Decision on the Buffer Zone, Maura proposed immediate fixes to the Massachusetts Legislature to take action to keep women seeking healthcare safe
School Safety and Cyber Bullying
As Attorney General, Maura will provide resources to parents and schools to combat bullying. Maura will utilize all available tools to stop individuals who harass other students so excessively that it interferes with their secured right to an education. Maura will also champion effective programs and creative solutions, particularly those that are effective in combating bullying against the most vulnerable students in our schools.
Combatting Sexual and Domestic Violence
As a former prosecutor and a civil rights attorney, I have experience advocating on behalf of survivors of violence. When I was a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, I prosecuted domestic violence cases before both judges and juries. As Chief of the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division, I sought and obtained protective orders on behalf of victims of hate crimes, and I worked with the Attorney General’s Victim Compensation and Assistance Division to ensure that those victims were able to access much-needed services. I worked on and supported the first human trafficking law in Massachusetts, which is a model for other states.
As a leader in the Attorney General’s Office, I was at the forefront of the Office’s efforts to assist servicemembers and veterans. When I oversaw the HomeCorps program, which helped stop foreclosures and keep families in their homes, I set up a liaison dedicated to military families. I also collaborated with cities and towns to make sure every community had a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) in place, created a first-of-its- kind, comprehensive legal resource guide for veterans and servicemembers, brought enforcement actions against for-profit schools that engaged in deceptive practices aimed at veteran students, and funded grants to provide mental health services for veterans. Our state’s challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which I led, assisted same-sex couples denied access to military benefits. 
—Maura Healey's campaign website, (2014), 
Tackling Crime Openly and Honestly:
—John Miller's campaign website, (2014), 
|Massachusetts Attorney General, General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Martha Coakley Incumbent||62.8%||1,417,538|
|Republican||James P. McKenna||37.2%||839,274|
|Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth|
|Massachusetts Attorney General, General Election, 2006|
|Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth|
|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|
|January 8, 2015||Inauguration day for governor and lieutenant governor|
|January 21, 2015||Inauguration day for other state executive officers|
To learn more about developments in these races, check out the following news articles from Ballotpedia:
- Massachusetts state executive primary review: Coakley, Baker continue march to November gubernatorial face-off
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- Massachusetts state executive official elections, 2014
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- The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
- Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations," accessed January 3, 2014
- Hank Naughton for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed October 25, 2013
- Natick Patch, Naughton Ends Campaign for Attorney General, February 9, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Maura Healey for Attorney General, "Issues," accessed October 24, 2014
- Miller for Attorney General, "The Reason to Run," accessed October 24, 2014
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