Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

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Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

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 Senate2012 Massachusetts House Elections
Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate were held in Massachusetts on November 6, 2012. A total of 40 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 5, 2012. The primary election day was September 6, 2012.

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Massachusetts State Senate:

Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 36
     Republican Party 4 4
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 40 40


Incumbents retiring

Two incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Frederick Berry Electiondot.png Democratic Second Essex District
Susan Fargo Electiondot.png Democratic Third Middlesex District

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
2010 93 $8,982,549
2008 56 $7,993,572
2006 68 $7,948,867
2004 81 $12,267,971
2002 62 $6,996,755

In 2010, the candidates running for state senate raised a total of $8,982,549 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $400,290
Wolf, Daniel A $262,839
Rudnick, Charles S $154,577
Spadafora, Craig $80,600
Dahlberg, Eric $42,491
Moore, Richard T $41,433
Wilson Jr., John $36,000
Addivinola Jr., Frank J $32,511
Silberstein, Debra $30,000
Didomenico, Salvador N $27,400

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.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the state legislature has jurisdiction over state and Congressional redistricting.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Massachusetts's population increased from 6.35 million to 6.55 million between 2000 and 2010. The highest population densities were near Boston and in the eastern portion of the state.[3] The population increase amounted to 3.1 percent over the past decade, which was well below the national population increase of 9.7 percent.[4] As a result of this slower rate of growth, Massachusetts lost one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, falling from 10 to 9 seats.[5]

Various interested parties across the state pushed for legislative and Congressional districts to divide towns as little as possible and follow local political and community boundaries.[6] Other groups pushed for more majority-minority districts.[7][8][9] The final approved maps increased the number of minority-majority districts in the State Senate from two to three, and State Senator Patricia Jehlen (D) will not represent all of Winchester after the election. Half of the town will be added to a district current represented by Katherine Clark (D).[10]

List of candidates

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyBenjamin Downing: 64,679 Green check mark transparent.png

Bristol and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJames Timilty: 47,333 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyJeffrey Robert Bailey: 28,354

First Bristol and Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMichael J. Rodrigues: 53,169 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Bristol and Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMark C. Montigny: 55,059 Green check mark transparent.png

Cape and Islands District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDaniel A. Wolf: 80,236 Green check mark transparent.png

First Essex District

Note: The First Essex District is a new district with no incumbent.

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyKathleen A. O'Connor Ives: 36,405 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyShaun P. Toohey: 26,654
Independent James M. Kelcourse: 3,358
Independent Paul A. Magliocchetti: 12,870

Second Essex District

Note: Incumbent Frederick Berry (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJoan B. Lovely: 56,088 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyRichard A. Jolitz: 23,185

Third Essex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyThomas M. McGee: 56,936 Green check mark transparent.png

First Essex and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed for this district.
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • Bruce Tarr Approveda Incumbent Tarr first assumed office in 1995

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyBruce Tarr: 78,836 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Essex and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyBarry R. Finegold: 44,394 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyPaul Adams: 23,716

Hampden District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJames T. Welch: 44,180 Green check mark transparent.png

First Hampden and Hampshire District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyGale D. Candaras: 59,213 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Hampden and Hampshire District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed for this district.
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyMichael R. Knapik: 54,649 Green check mark transparent.png

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyStanley Rosenberg: 66,072 Green check mark transparent.png

First Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyEileen M. Donoghue: 44,177 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyJames J. Buba: 17,884

Second Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyPatricia D. Jehlen: 66,267 Green check mark transparent.png

Third Middlesex District

Note: Incumbent Susan Fargo (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMike Barrett: 49,213 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartySandi Martinez: 32,003

Fourth Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyKenneth J. Donnelly: 56,100 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyGerry Dembrowski: 26,210

Fifth Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyKatherine M. Clark: 58,256 Green check mark transparent.png

First Middlesex and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyCynthia Stone Creem: 61,397 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Middlesex and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyKaren E. Spilka: 57,863 Green check mark transparent.png

Middlesex and Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartySal N. DiDomenico: 47,586 Green check mark transparent.png

Middlesex and Worcester District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJames B. Eldridge: 52,922 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyDean J. Cavaretta: 28,797

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed.
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyRichard J. Ross: 60,885 Green check mark transparent.png

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brian A. Joyce: 64,019 Green check mark transparent.png

Norfolk and Plymouth District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJohn F. Keenan: 56,518 Green check mark transparent.png

Norfolk and Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMichael F. Rush: 60,699 Green check mark transparent.png

Plymouth and Barnstable District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyTherese Murray: 49,723 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyThomas F. Keyes: 35,776

First Plymouth and Bristol District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMarc R. Pacheco: 61,506 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Plymouth and Bristol District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyThomas P. Kennedy: 53,717 Green check mark transparent.png

Plymouth and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyGenevieve S. Davis: 28,579
Republican PartyRobert Hedlund: 61,686 Green check mark transparent.png

First Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
  • Jack Hart Approveda Incumbent Hart first assumed office in 2002
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJack Hart: 54,191 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Suffolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartySonia Rosa Chang-Diaz: 54,886 Green check mark transparent.png

First Suffolk and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyAnthony W. Petruccelli: 45,230 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyThomas J. Dooley, III: 10,199

Second Suffolk and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWilliam N. Brownsberger: 45,852 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartySteven Aylward: 14,190

First Worcester District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyHarriette L. Chandler: 53,477 Green check mark transparent.png

Second Worcester District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMichael O. Moore: 48,609 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyStephen Simonian: 22,949

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyStephen M. Brewer: 63,777 Green check mark transparent.png

Worcester and Middlesex District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJennifer L. Flanagan: 55,228 Green check mark transparent.png

Worcester and Norfolk District

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 6 GOP primary:
  • No Republican candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRichard T. Moore: 59,561 Green check mark transparent.png

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