Peter Durant

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Peter Durant
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixth Worcester District
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMay 10, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Peter J. Durant is a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Sixth Worcester district. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in May 2011.


Durant earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. His professional experience includes working as the Vice President of Service for Yankee Technology in Ludlow, Massachusetts, and as a small business owner.

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Post Audit and Oversight
Municipalities and Regional Government Joint
Transportation Joint


Campaign themes


Durant's campaign site highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • The Economy and Jobs: "Time and again we see that the way to stimulate and rebuild our economy is with lower not higher taxes. Lower taxes means more money for individuals to spend, and more money for businesses to invest and create jobs. Higher taxes stifle growth, discourage investment, and prolong our recession. To get this economy back on track there are several concrete steps we must take now."
  • Accountability in Government: "The people of Massachusetts are frustrated. We're frustrated because our government is unresponsive to our concerns, and uncaring of our needs. We're frustrated because we have a government that can't seem to do what it is supposed to: Protect our lives and property, educate our children to compete in the world, and provide us the opportunity to prosper and thrive as we see fit. Instead, government grows for the sake of growing, and spends our money recklessly. We need to end the wasteful spending on Beacon Hill, and demand more accountability from our elected leaders. I will push for meaningful reform from our government, and hold people accountable for their results."
  • Education: "We are fortunate here in Massachusetts to have one of the best educational systems in the country. Unfortunately however, we are now competing with the rest of the world. The technologies of tomorrow come from the education that our children receive today and we need to improve that education, especially in the areas of math and science, or risk becoming a second class country."
  • Registry of Motor Vehicles: "I don't think there is another local issue that better illustrates the blatant disregard Beacon Hill has for those it serves, as the debacle of the Southbridge Registry. We need a real solutions and out-of-the-box thinking to make dealing with the RMV a win-win situation for both the community and government."
  • Casino Gambling: "While I do not believe that casinos should be used as the cure-all to our state budget woes, I do support casino gambling in Massachusetts. It seems to me to be a waste that the tax dollars generated by casino gambling should go to our neighbors in Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition, Massachusetts casinos would mean that those who prefer that type of entertainment will have places closer to home in which to travel to, should they enjoy gambling. In addition, permanent, well paying jobs will be created."



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Karen Spiewak was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Peter Durant was unopposed in the Republican primary. Durant defeated Spiewak in the general election.[1]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixth Worcester District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Durant Incumbent 62.9% 7,210
     Democratic Karen Spiewak 37.1% 4,246
Total Votes 11,456


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Durant won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Worcester District. Durant was unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary and defeated Kathleen Walker (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixth Worcester District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Durant Incumbent 55.5% 9,676
     Democratic Kathleen Walker 44.5% 7,761
Total Votes 17,437


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

A new election for the Sixth Worcester seat was held on May 10, 2011. Durant again faced Geraldo Alicea (D), defeating Alicea by a 56 vote margin. Besides the race's original contenders, Robert Cirba and Peter Boria also ran as independents. Although neither was in strong contention for the seat, each garnered more than the 56 vote margin of victory.[4]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Durant was a candidate for the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixth Worcester District in the November 2, 2010 state legislative election. Durant defeated Michael Jaynes in the September 14 Republican primary. The general election race between incumbent Geraldo Alicea (D) and Durant was declared a tie and required a new election.[5] Superior Court Judge Richard Tucker ruled that one absentee ballot that had been discarded should count for Alicea, thus creating a tie at 6,587 votes each.[5]

A new election was set for May 10, 2011, with a primary on April 12, 2011. In keeping with the Massachusetts Constitution, Alicea continued to occupy the Sixth Worcester seat until a new election was declared.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Durant is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Durant raised a total of $129,885 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 20, 2013.[7]

Peter Durant's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Massachusetts House, Sixth Worcester Won $34,357
2011 Massachusetts House, Sixth Worcester Won $68,463
2010 Massachusetts House, Sixth Worcester Tied $27,065
Grand Total Raised $129,885


In 2012, Durant received $34,357 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[8]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Durant's campaign in 2012
Marlboro Republican City Cmte$4,150
Massachusetts Independent PAC for Working Families$1,000
Sutton Republican Town Cmte$1,000
Morse, Marshall$500
Clemence, Denise$500
Total Raised in 2012 $$34,357

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Political offices
Preceded by
Geraldo Alicea
Massachusetts House of Representatives Middlesex 10
2011 - present
Succeeded by