Edward McGrath

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Edward McGrath
Candidate for
Massachusetts Senate, Second Middlesex and Norfolk District

Political party Republican
Website Campaign website
Edward McGrath was a Republican candidate for Second Middlesex and Norfolk District in the Massachusetts State Senate in the November 2, 2010 state legislative elections.



See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

McGrath lost election to the Second Middlesex and Norfolk District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. McGrath was defeated by incumbent Karen Spilka (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Hiding party affiliations

According to a Boston Herald article, McGrath's opponent, Spilka has sent mailings to voters that do not list her party affiliation. The mailing reportedly says Spilka hopes to become the "next state senator," despite having served in office since 2004. He campaign officials said they are "running as if we're running for the first time."[1] Spilka's opponent said people don't care about a candidate's party, but rather, "whether you're an incumbent or a challenger."[2]


Campaign themes

McGrath lists three main campaign themes under the "Issues" heading of his website. They are:[3]

  • Employment: Under this heading, McGrath proposes the following reforms to the budget:[3]
  • Wage and hiring freeze through state government
  • Modify prevailing wage
  • Repeal Pacheco Law
  • End unpredictable tax law
  • Stop economic policies that pick winners and losers in the market
  • Ethics: McGrath lists transparency and accountability as keys to restoring confidence in legislators. He makes two pledges:[3]
  • Highest standards of integrity
  • No support for any potential leadership positions where the legislator does not meet those standards
  • Education: McGrath supports school choice and competition while maintaining that education is a civil right. He proposes:[3]
  • Lifting cap on charter schools
  • Working to ensure promises of funding are kept



Post Office Box 773 Framingham, MA 01701

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