Decision 2014: Who’s running this year?

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(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 declared candidates for 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:

  • Frank Addivinola
  • Brian Herr
  • J. Mark Inman

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

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

Statewide offices

Governor
Governor Deval Patrick (D) is not seeking a third term this year.

Democrats: Candidates must receive at least 15% of the votes at the state convention in Worcester in order to appear on the September primary ballot.

  • Joe Avellone
  • Don Berwick
  • Martha Coakley
  • Steve Grossman
  • Juliette Kayyem

Republicans:

  • Charlie Baker
  • Mark Fisher* (Failed to receive the required 15% of convention delegates needed to appear on the primary ballot, but is mounting a legal challenge)

Independents

  • Evan Falchuk
  • Scott Lively
  • Jeff McCormick

Lieutenant Governor
Massachusetts has been without a lieutenant governor since the resignation of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray (D) in 2013.

Democrats: Candidates must receive at least 15% of the votes at the state convention in Worcester in order to appear on the September primary ballot.

  • James Arena-DeRosa
  • Leland Cheung
  • Steve Kerrigan
  • Michael Lake

Republican:

  • Karyn Polito

Independents:

  • None decleared

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

Democrats: Candidates must receive at least 15% of the votes at the state convention in Worcester in order to appear on the September primary ballot.

  • Maura Healey
  • Warren Tolman

Republican:

  • John Miller

Independents:

  • None declared

Treasurer
State Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) is running for governor, and is therefore not seeking re-election.

Democrats: Candidates must receive at least 15% of the votes at the state convention in Worcester in order to appear on the September primary ballot.

  • Tom Conroy
  • Barry Finegold
  • 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.

Democrats: Candidates must receive at least 15% of the votes at the state convention in Worcester in order to appear on the September primary ballot.

  • William F. Galvin – Incumbent

Republican:

  •  David D’Arcangelo

Independents:

  • None declared

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

Democrats: Candidates must receive at least 15% of the votes at the state convention in Worcester in order to appear on the September primary ballot.

  • Suzanne Bump – Incumbent

Republican:

  • Patricia Saint Aubin

Independents:

  • None declared

Massachusetts House of Representatives

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.

Democrats:

  • John Velis - Incumbent

Republicans:

  • Dan Allie

Independents:

  • None declared

6th Hampden District

The 6th Hampden District is currently represented by Mike Finn (D). 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.

Democrats:

  • Mike Finn - Incumbent

Republicans:

  • Nathan Bech

Independents:

  • 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.

Democrats:

  • Ed Collins
  • Jose F. Tosado
  • Peter Murphy

Republicans:

  • 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.

Democrats:

  • Melvin Edwards
  • Carlos Gonzalez

Republicans:

  • 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.

Democrats:

  • Angelo Puppolo – Incumbent

Republicans:

  • Robert Russell

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.

Democrats:

  • Denise Andrews – Incumbent

Republicans:

  • Karen Anderson
  • Susannah Whipps Lee

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.

Democrats:

  • Matthew Castriotta

Republicans:

  • Stephen Comtois
  • Jennifer Gaucher

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:

  • Timothy Allen
  • James “Chip” Harrington
  • Thomas Lachuisa
  • Eric Lesser
  • Aaron Saunders

Republicans:

  • Deborah Boronski

Independents:

  • None declared

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
  • Christopher Hopewell

Republicans:

  • Donald Humason – Incumbent

Independents:

  • Mike Franco

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.

Democrats:

  • Anne Gobi

Republicans:

  • Jim Ehrhard
  • Mike Valanzola

Many seats in the state legislature and for countywide offices will be contested in November. The field of candidates has yet to materialize in some races, while in others, several people have announced campaigns. We will provide a listing of candidates for other legislative seats as the election comes closer. If you are a candidate, or are representing a candidate, and wish to be included in our listing, contact us by e-mail at news@wwlp.com.

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