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Gale D. Candaras
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Massachusetts State Senate, First Hampden and Hampshire
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Wilbraham Selectman
Bachelor'sFairleigh Dickinson University
J.D.Western New England College School of Law, 1983
Place of birthBrooklyn
Office website
Personal website
Gale D. Candaras is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the First Hampden and Hampshire district. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Candaras served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1997 to 2006. She served on the Wilbraham Planning Board, the Wilbraham Finance Committee, and the Wilbraham Board of Selectmen.

On January 21, 2014, Candaras announced that she would not run for re-election, instead opting to run for probate court register in Hampden County.[1]


Candaras earned her bachelor's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and J.D. from the Western New England College School of Law. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney and for Goldman Sachs, Institutional Investor Magazine, and Neuberger and Berger.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Candaras served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Global Warming and Climate Change
Post Audit and Oversight
Ways and Means
Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joint, Chair
Judiciary Joint, Vice-chair
Transportation Joint
Ways and Means Joint


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Candaras served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Candaras served on these committees:



See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Candaras won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate First Hampden and Hampshire District. Candaras was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Candaras won re-election to the First Hampden and Hampshire District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Thomas McCarthy ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - First Hampden and Hampshire District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gale D. Candaras (D) 30,122
Thomas McCarthy (R) 21,645
All Others 46
Blanks 2,936


On November 4, 2008, Candaras was re-elected in the Senate election for the First Hampden and Hampshire district.[4] In this election she raised $154,015-; of that total $141,101 (92.1%) was from in state contributions and $12,184 (7.9%) was from out of state contributions.[5]

Massachusetts State Senate - First Hampden and Hampshire district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gale Candaras (D) 55,468
All Others 880
Blanks 20,459

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Candaras received $122,010 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gale Candaras's campaign in 2010
Turley Publications$1,092
Flynn, Michael J$1,000
Cignoli, Anthony L$1,000
Flynn, Dr Francis$1,000
Mclaughlin, Christopher J$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $122,010


In 2008 Gale D. Candaras collected $154,015 in donations.[7]

Her four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Boston Police Patrolmen's Association $1,250
Retired Public Employees $1,000
Leonard Pansa $1,000
Massachusetts Psychiatric Society $1,000


Candaras was raised in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and is married to Arthur Wolf with one child. She has bee involved with a number of organizations, including the Connecticut Bar Association, Hampden County Anti-Drug Coalition, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Juvenile Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, New York Bar Association, and the Wilbraham Women's Club.

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Massachusetts State Senate 1st Hampden and Hampshire
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