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Massachusetts State House elections, 2010

Majority controlCampaign contributions

QualificationsCompetitiveness analysis

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List of candidates
Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklink DistrictBristol and Norfolk DistrictFirst Bristol and Plymouth DistrictSecond Bristol and Plymouth DistrictCape and Islands DistrictFirst Essex DistrictSecond Essex DistrictFirst Essex and Middlesex DistrictSecond Essex and Middlesex DistrictThird Essex and Middlesex DistrictHampden DistrictFirst Hampden and Hampshire DistrictSecond Hampden and Hampshire DistrictHampshire and Franklin DistrictFirst Middlesex DistrictSecond Middlesex DistrictThird Middlesex DistrictFourth Middlesex DistrictMiddlesex and Essex DistrictFirst Middlesex and Norfolk DistrictSecond Middlesex and Norfolk DistrictMiddlesex and Worcester DistrictMiddlesex, Suffolk and Essex DistrictNorfolk and Plymouth DistrictNorfolk, Bristol and Middlesex DistrictNorfolk, Bristol and Plymouth DistrictPlymouth and Barnstable DistrictFirst Plymouth and Bristol DistrictSecond Plymouth and Bristol DistrictPlymouth and Norfolk DistrictFirst Suffolk DistrictSecond Suffolk DistrictFirst Suffolk and Middlesex DistrictSecond Suffolk and Middlesex DistrictSuffolk and Norfolk DistrictFirst Worcester DistrictSecond Worcester DistrictWorcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin DistrictWorcester and Middlesex DistrictWorcester and Norfolk Worcester District
Massachusetts State Senate

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate were held in Massachusetts on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was May 4, 2010 for partisan and August 3 for Independents. The primary election day was on September 14, 2010.

See also: Massachusetts State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 35 36
     Republican Party 5 4
Total 40 40


The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Anthony Petruccelli
  2. Barry Finegold
  3. Benjamin Downing
  4. Brian Joyce
  5. Bruce Tarr
  6. Cynthia Stone Creem
  7. Daniel Wolf
  8. Eileen Donoghue
  9. Frederick Berry
  10. Gale Candaras
  11. Harriette Chandler
  12. Jack Hart (Massachusetts)
  13. James Eldridge
  14. James Timilty
  15. James Welch
  16. Jennifer Flanagan
  17. John Keenan
  18. Karen Spilka
  19. Katherine Clark
  20. Kenneth Donnelly
  21. Marc Pacheco
  22. Mark Montigny
  23. Michael Knapik
  24. Michael Moore
  25. Michael Rodrigues
  26. Michael Rush
  27. Patricia Jehlen
  28. Richard Moore
  29. Richard Ross (Massachusetts)
  30. Robert Hedlund
  31. Sal DiDomenico
  32. Sonia Chang-Diaz
  33. Stanley Rosenberg
  34. Stephen Brewer
  35. Steven Baddour
  36. Steven Tolman
  37. Susan Fargo
  38. Therese Murray
  39. Thomas Kennedy
  40. Thomas McGee

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Massachusetts in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2008 56 $7,993,572
2006 68 $7,948,867
2004 81 $12,267,971
2002 62 $6,996,755

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 35
     Republican Party 4
     Vacancy 1
Total 40


Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

13 incumbents (41%) face no competition in the November 2 general election and are thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

  • 9 Democratic incumbents face no November challenger.
  • 4 GOP incumbents face no November challenger.

Primary challenges

Only 4 incumbents faced competition in the September 14 primary.

Retiring incumbents

Eight incumbent representatives are not running for re-election, while 32 incumbents (91%) ran for re-election. Of the 8 incumbents who are not running for re-election, 7 are Democrats and 1 is Republican.

Incumbents who are retiring are:

Qualifications

Article LXXI of the Massachusetts Constitution states: Every representative, for one year at least immediately preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen and shall cease to represent such district when he shall cease to be an inhabitant of the commonwealth.

List of candidates

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Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Benjamin Downing Incumbent Downing, a Democrat, has represented this district since 2006. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Benjamin Downing 41,627 Green check mark transparent.png

Bristol and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • James Timility Incumbent Timility, a Democrat, has represented this district since 2004. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Timility 42,911 Green check mark transparent.png

First Bristol and Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Michael Coogan 3,456
  • Lorne Lawless 2,087
  • John Mitchell 5,102
  • Michael Rodrigues 7,132 Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Rodrigues 29,994 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Derek Maksy 18,260

Second Bristol and Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Mark Montigny Incumbent Montigny, a Democrat, has represented this district since 1992. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republicans filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Montigny 38,367 Green check mark transparent.png

Cape and Islands District

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Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Wolf 44,886 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James H. Crocker, Jr. 33,247

First Essex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Steven Baddour Incumbent Baddour, a Democrat, has represented this district since January 2002. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steven Baddour 34,474 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Stephen Cole 23,981

Second Essex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Frederick Berry Incumbent Berry, a Democrat, has represented this district since 1982. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Frederick Berry 37,072 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Richard Jolitz 18,969
Independent Matthew Fraser 4,230

First Essex and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrat filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • Bruce Tarr Incumbent Tarr, a Republican, has represented this district since 1994. Approveda

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bruce Tarr 58,565 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Essex and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Barry Finegold 4,256 Approveda
  • John Kelly 912
  • Debbie Silberstein 3,193
  • John J. Wilson, Jr. 2,904
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Barry Finegold 25,385 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jamison Tomasek 19,939
Independent Jodi Oberto 2,535

Third Essex and Middlesex District

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Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas McGee : Incumbent McGee has represented this district since May 2002. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas McGee 32,835 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Christopher Dent 15,786

Hampden District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Susan Dawson 1,508
  • Ronald Patenaude 1,361
  • James Welch 5,845 Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Welch 21,567 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert Magovern 13,824

First Hampden and Hampshire District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Gale Candaras Incumbent Candaras has represented this district since 2006. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gale Candaras 30,122 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Thomas McCarthy 21,645

Second Hampden and Hampshire District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidate filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • Michael Knapik Incumbent Knapik has represented this district since 1994. Approveda

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Michael Knapik 38,886 Green check mark transparent.png

Hampshire and Franklin District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Stanley Rosenberg Incumbent Rosenberg, a Democrat, has represented this district since February 1991. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stanley Rosenberg 46,448 Green check mark transparent.png

First Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eileen Donoghue 24,549 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James Buba 16,335
Independent Patrick O'Connor 4,158

Second Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Patricia Jehlen Incumbent Jehlen has represented this district since September 2005. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Jehlen 32,923 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Carnevale 16,153

Third Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Susan Fargo Incumbent Fargo has represented this district since 1996. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Susan Fargo 36,047 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sandra Martinez 27,182

Fourth Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Kenneth Donnelly Incumbent Donnelly, a Democrat, has represented this district since December 2007. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kenneth Donnelly 45,583 Green check mark transparent.png

Middlesex and Essex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Katherine Clark 30,492 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Craig Spadafora 27,790

First Middlesex and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Cynthia Stone Creem Incumbent Creem, a Democrat, has represented this district since 1998. 12,607 Approveda
  • Charles Rudnick 4,898
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cynthia Stone Creem 45,982 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Middlesex and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Karen Spilka Incumbent Spilka has represented this district since 2004. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Spilka 34,499 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Edward McGrath 23,707

Middlesex and Worcester District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • James Eldridge Incumbent Eldridge has represented this district since 2006. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Eldridge 37,482 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party George Thompson 28,133

Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Sal DiDomenico Incumbent DiDomenico has represented this district since 2010. 7,009 Approveda
  • Timothy Flaherty 6,819
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sal DiDomenico 29,472 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Barbara Bush 8,494

Norfolk and Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Keenan 29,982 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Daniel Dewey 18,582
Independent Laura Innis 5,152

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • No Democrat filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • Richard Ross Incumbent Ross has represented this district since May 2010. Approveda

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Richard Ross 48,824 Green check mark transparent.png

Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Brian Joyce Incumbent Joyce has represented this district since January 1998. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brian Joyce 38,314 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert Burr, Jr. 22,575

Plymouth and Barnstable District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Therese Murray Incumbent Murray has represented this district since 1992. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Therese Murray 38,852 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Thomas Francis Keyes 35,242

First Plymouth and Bristol District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Marc Pacheco Incumbent Pacheco has represented this district since 1992 Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marc Pacheco 34,124 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Pottier 24,653

Second Plymouth and Bristol District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas Kennedy Incumbent Kennedy, a Democrat, has represented this district since 2008. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas Kennedy 34,832 Green check mark transparent.png

Plymouth and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
No Democrat filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • Robert Hedlund Incumbent Hedlund has represented this district from 1990-1992 and currently since 1994. Approveda

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Robert Hedlund 52,617 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Paul Kearny 17,884

First Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • John Hart Incumbent Hart has represented this district since February 2002. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Hart 35,651 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Sonia Chang-Diaz Incumbent Chang-Diaz has represented this district since 2008. 10,018 Approveda
  • Hassan Williams 3,131
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sonia Chang-Diaz 38,997 Green check mark transparent.png

First Suffolk and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anthony Petruccelli 29,559 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Frank Addivinola, Jr. 9,800

Second Suffolk and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • William Feegbeh 741
  • Steven Tolman Incumbent Tolman has represented this district since 1998. 8,797 Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steven Tolman 37,458 Green check mark transparent.png

Suffolk and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Rush 36,986 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brad Williams 17,634

First Worcester District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Harriette Chandler 32,293 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party William Higgins, Sr 19,601

Second Worcester District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Michael Moore Incumbent Moore has represented this district since 2004. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Moore 38,685 Green check mark transparent.png

Worcester, Hampden, Hamphsire and Franklin District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Stephen Brewer Incumbent Brewer has represented this district since 1996. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stephen Brewer 38,951 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Daniel Dubrule 19,848

Worcester and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jennifer Flanagan 30,524 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Neal Heeren 21,278

Worcester and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Richard Moore Incumbent Moore has represented this district since April 1996. Approveda
Republican Party September 14 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Moore 31,602 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kim Roy 27,415

See also

External links

References

  1. Follow the Money, Massachusetts