Decision 2014: Who’s running this year?

Decision 2014

(WWLP) – It is an election year, and with that in mind, 22News is working for you with a look at who may be running for office statewide and right here in western Massachusetts.

The following is a list of candidates that will appear on the ballot in the 2014 election:

U.S. Senate
Senator Edward Markey (D), who won a special election in 2013, is running for his first full term in office in November.

Democrats:

  • Edward Markey – Incumbent

Republicans:

  • Brian Herr

Independents:

  • Bruce Skarin

U.S. House of Representatives

1st Massachusetts District
Rep. Richard Neal (D) is expected to run for re-election in November. The 1st Massachusetts district includes most of western Massachusetts: all of Berkshire and Hampden counties, along with western portions of Franklin and Berkshire Counties, and a portion of southwestern Worcester County.

Democrats:

  • Richard E. Neal – Incumbent

Republicans:

  • None declared

Independents:

  • None declared

2nd Massachusetts District
Congressman James McGovern (D) is expected to run for re-election in November. The 2nd Massachusetts district includes eastern portions of Hampshire and Franklin Counties, much of Worcester County, and a single precinct in Bellingham in Norfolk County.

Democrats:

  • James McGovern – Incumbent

Republicans:

  • Daniel Dubrule

Independents:

  • None declared

Statewide offices

Governor/Lieutenant Governor
Governor Deval Patrick (D) is not seeking a third term this year, while Massachusetts has been without a lieutenant governor since the resignation of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray (D) in 2013.  While voted on separately in the Democratic and Republican primaries, the governor and lieutenant governor run as a ticket on the November ballot in Massachusetts.

Democrats:

  • Martha Coakley/Steve Kerrigan

Republicans:

  • Charlie Baker/Karyn Polito

Independents:

  • Evan Falchuk/Angus Jennings
  • Scott Lively/Shelly Saunders
  • Jeff McCormick/Tracy Post

Attorney General
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) is running for governor, and therefore not seeking re-election.

Democrat:

  • Maura Healey

Republican:

  • John Miller

Independents:

  • None declared

Treasurer
State Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor, and is therefore not seeking re-election.

Democrat:

  • Deborah Goldberg

Republican:

  •  Mike Heffernan

Green-Rainbow:

  • Ira T. Jackson

Independents:

  • None declared

Secretary of the Commonwealth
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin (D) is seeking another four-year term in office.

Democrat:

  • William F. Galvin – Incumbent

Republican:

  •  David D’Arcangelo

Green-Rainbow:

  • Danny Factor

Independents:

  • None declared

Auditor
State Auditor Suzanne Bump (D) is seeking a second four-year term in office.

Democrat:

  • Suzanne Bump – Incumbent

Republican:

  • Patricia Saint Aubin

Green-Rainbow:

  • M.K. Merelice

Independents:

  • None declared

Hampden County District Attorney

The office of Hampden County District Attorney is currently being held by James Orenstein, who was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to replace elected D.A. Mark Mastroianni, who is now a federal judge. Orenstein is not running for a term of his own.

Democrat:

  • Anthony Gulluni

Republicans:

  • None declared

Independents:

  • None declared

Massachusetts House of Representatives

Uncontested races are not being listed

3rd Hampden District

The 3rd Hampden District is currently represented by Rep. Nick Boldyga (R), who is running for re-election. It includes all of the towns of Agawam, Southwick, and Granville.

Democrat:

  • Samuel S. DiSanti, Jr.

Republican:

  • Nick Boldyga – Incumbent

Independents:

  • None Declared

4th Hampden District

Democrat John Velis won a special election on April 1 to fill the remainder of the term of now-state Sen. Don Humason (R). As with all the seats in the legislature, the 4th Hampden District seat is up for election again in November. The district includes all precincts in the city of Westfield.

Democrat:

  • John Velis – Incumbent

Republican:

  • Dan Allie

Independents:

  • None declared

6th Hampden District

The 6th Hampden District is currently represented by Rep. Mike Finn (D), who is running for re-election It includes all of the town of West Springfield, plus portions of Chicopee Center and the Ferry Lane neighborhood of Chicopee, in addition to a single precinct in Springfield’s Liberty Heights neighborhood.

Democrat:

  • Mike Finn – Incumbent

Republican:

  • Nathan Bech

Independent:

  • None declared

9th Hampden District

The 9th Hampden District seat is currently held by Rep. Sean Curran (D), who is retiring. The district includes portions of the Liberty Heights, East Springfield, Pine Point, Boston Road, and Sixteen Acres neighborhoods of Springfield, as well as a part of the Chicopee Falls neighborhood of Chicopee.

Democrat:

  • Jose F. Tosado

Republican:

  • None declared

Independents:

  • Robert Underwood

10th Hampden District

The 10th Hampden District seat has been vacated by Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera (D), who left to become an assistant clerk at Hampden Superior Court in Springfield. Due to her departure so late in her term, there is no special election, and the seat will be filled following the general election in November. The district includes the westernmost portions of the city of Springfield, including part or all of the North End, Downtown, South End, Forest Park, Maple High-Six Corners, and Liberty Heights neighborhoods.

Democrat:

  • Carlos Gonzalez

Republican:

  • None Declared

Independents:

  • None Declared

12th Hampden District

The 12th Hampden District is currently represented by Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D), who is running for re-election. The district includes all of Wilbraham, the northernmost portion of East Longmeadow, and parts of Springfield’s Sixteen Acres, East Forest Park, and Forest Park neighborhoods.

Democrat:

  • Angelo Puppolo – Incumbent

Republican:

  • Robert Russell

Independents:

  •  None declared

3rd Hampshire District

The 3rd Hampshire District is currently represented by Rep. Ellen Story (D), who is running for re-election. It includes all of the towns of Amherst and Pelham, as well as the northern half of the town of Granby.

Democrat:

  • Ellen Story – Incumbent

Republican:

  • None declared

Libertarian:

  • Kenneth J. Roberts, Jr.

Independents:

  • None declared

1st Franklin District
The 1st Franklin District is currently represented by Rep. Stephen Kulik (D). It includes much of southern Franklin County and western Hampshire County and one town in Hampden County. It incorporates all of the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Huntington, Leverett, Middlefield, Montague, Plainfield, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Williamsburg, Whately, and Worthington.

Democrats:

  • Stephen Kulik – Incumbent

Republicans:

  • Dylan Korpita

Independents:

  • None Declared

2nd Franklin District

The 2nd Franklin District is currently represented by Rep. Denise Andrews (D). Geographically, it is one of the state’s larger legislative districts including all of the towns of Athol, Gill, Erving, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick, Wendell, and the northeast corner of Belchertown.

Democrat:

  • Denise Andrews – Incumbent

Republican:

  • Susannah Whipps Lee

Independents:

  • None Declared

5th Worcester District

The 5th Worcester District is currently represented by Rep. Anne Gobi (D), who is leaving the house to run for the state senate. It includes a single precinct in the Hampshire County town of Ware, as well as all of the towns of Barre, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, and West Brookfield, and most of the town of Spencer.

Democrat:

  • Matthew Castriotta

Republican:

  • Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

Independents:

  • None Declared

Massachusetts Senate

1st Hampden and Hampshire

The 1st Hampden and Hampshire Senate District is currently held by Sen. Gale Candaras (D), who is running for Hampden County Register of Probate. The district includes all of the towns of Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Granby, Hampden, Longmeadow Ludlow, and Wilbraham, as well as portions of Springfield and Chicopee.

Democrats:

  • Eric Lesser

Republicans:

  • Debra Boronski

Independents:

  • Mike Franco

2nd Hampden and Hampshire

The 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate District seat is currently held by Sen. Donald Humason (R). The district includes all of Agawam, Easthampton, Granville, Holyoke, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick, Tolland, and Westfield, as well as part of Chicopee.

Democrats:

  •  Patrick Leahy

Republicans:

  • Donald Humason – Incumbent

Independents:

  • None Declared

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex

The Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex District is currently represented by Sen. Stephen Brewer (D), who is retiring. Geographically one of the largest districts in the state, it includes nearly all of western Worcester County, plus the towns of Brimfield, Holland, Monson, Palmer, and Wales in Hampden County, the town of Ware in Hampshire County, and the town of Ashby in Middlesex County.

Democrat:

  • Anne Gobi

Republican:

  • Mike Valanzola

Independents:

  • None Declared
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