Listing of Candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor
Charlie Baker, 57, was raised in Needham. He attended public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He earned an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He resides in Swampscott with his wife Lauren and three children: Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.
Baker’s plan includes improving upon jobs, schools and communities within the commonwealth. He plans to make state government more affordable, accountable and business friendly, make sure schools ensure opportunity for every child by closing the achievement gap and also make sure state government can partner with cities and towns to ignite their communities and create jobs.
Donald Berwick, 67, of Moodus, Connecticut obtained his B.A. from Harvard College, where he graduated summa cum laude.
He has called Massachusetts home for decades – first as a student, then as a pediatrician, a teacher, and a CEO. Don and his wife Ann reside in Newton.
Berwick is running for Governor because he believes Massachusetts should recommit to passing the moral test—to a government guided by the progressive values of social justice, equality and compassion.
Martha Coakley, born and raised in North Adams, was part of the first female class to attend Williams College, and received her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. Coakley lives in Medford with her husband, retired police Deputy Superintendent Thomas F. O’Connor, Jr., and their Labradors, Jackson and Jefferson.
Coakley has been a national leader in addressing the economic crisis by holding big banks accountable and keeping people in their homes, protected civil rights as the first Attorney General to successfully challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, tackled fraud and corruption, championed major initiatives to address the costs of health care and energy, and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars back for the Commonwealth’s taxpayers. Coakley is a passionate advocate for public safety, bringing justice to victims of crime and their families while implementing innovative prevention programs in our schools and communities.
Evan Falchuk, 44, is a successful entrepreneur. Falchuk earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Lehigh University, where he earned his B.A. in History. He served for 13 years on the executive leadership team of Boston-based global health care company Best Doctors, Inc. He played a lead role in helping grow the company, named to Inc. Magazine’s list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America, from nine employees to over 600.
Falchuk led Massachusetts citizens in launching Massachusetts’ new United Independent Party. On June 23, 2014, Evan became the first candidate to earn a slot on the November 2014 Election Ballot, as the United Independent Party candidate for Governor. Falchuk’s vision for this new third party is based on the principles most of us share: Everyone is equal, everyone’s civil rights must be protected – AND the Commonwealth must spend taxpayer money wisely.
Mark Fisher was born in 1958 and grew up in Westfield. He graduated from Hartford State Technical College in 1979 with an A.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology. He is the owner of Merchant’s Fabrication in Auburn, a metal manufacturing facility. Today he resides in Shrewsbury with wife Margaret Mary O’Brien.
Fisher plans to restore integrity in the government by keeping promises that have broken in the past including the removal of tolls on the Mass Turnpike, ensuring the temporary income tax rollbacks to 5 percent and also ensuring the sales tax rollbacks to 5 percent. Fisher also plans enforce immigration laws and save billions annually in local aid.
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Steve Grossman lives in Newton. He and his wife Barbara have three sons, David, Ben, and Josh, and four grandchildren.
Grossman said he is running for governor to bring the people of Massachusetts proven leadership and dynamic economic growth that leaves no one behind. He is committed to using the full potential of the Treasurer’s office to protect the public’s money, help create jobs, boost small businesses, and bring new standards of transparency and disclosure to state government.
Jeff McCormick, 52, from Upstate New York, graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Biology, studied molecular genetics, and earned an MBA in Finance. He lives in Boston with his wife Christie and three children.
McCormick’s top priority will be creating jobs for commonwealth residents. As Governor, McCormick’s plan includes revitalizing gateway cities, empowering small business, reducing energy costs, streamlining state bureaucracy as well as educating for the 21st century jobs.
Son of immigrant parents, Leland Chueng, grew up in Cambridge and graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He currently resides in Cambridge with his wife, Yin, and their infant daughter Lela Marie.
Cheung is running to carry on Deval Patrick’s vision and invest in education and infrastructure. With his experience in the private sector, to his accomplishments in Cambridge as City Councilor and also with the work he has done with Governor Patrick in expanding the innovation economy, he plans to make sure the economy will benefit everyone in the commonwealth.
Steve Kerrigan, 42, was born and raised in Lancaster. His father worked as a lineman for the Massachusetts Electrical Company and his mother served as the Mary Rolandson Elementary School secretary. In 1989 he graduated from St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1993. He currently resides in his hometown of Lancaster with his partner, Jacob Watts.
As Lieutenant Governor, Kerrigan said he plans to continue the path of progress and reform begun by Governor Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and bring a new vision, focus and unmatched expertise to this important role in state government. He will also revamp the office of Lieutenant Governor and make it into an ombudsman for residents, business leaders and local officials.
Mike Lake was born and raised in Melrose. He was the first in his family to attend college and went on to graduate from Northwestern in 2002, completing five majors. Lake sits on several boards, including: Action USA, Future Boston Alliance, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing as well as others. He currently serves as President and CEO of Leading Cities.
Lake said he believes in the fundamentals of what he calls the “Massachusetts Promise,” a promise of economic and social justice that comes with high-quality education, job creation and strong communities. He said he plans to make the Promise a reality by improving public education, working to create jobs that pay a livable wage and fighting to make communities safer.
Polito, 47, was born and raised in Shrewsbury where she lives today with her husband and two children. She began in local government as a board member and has since expanded her work to state level, holding a state representative seat in 2001 and going on to file her first major legislature initiative in 2003 as well as serving on the campaign chair for Michael Sullivan.
Since losing the 2010 race for Treasurer, Polito has worked to promote her ties with GOP’s conservative right. She now runs alongside Charlie Baker and plans to empower commonwealth residents by improving upon jobs within the community and ensuring opportunity and advancement for everyone.