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Candidates for statewide office, 2014

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Candidates for statewide office, 2014
Charlie Baker

Governor

Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker

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

Donald Berwick

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

Martha Coakley

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

Evan Falchuk

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

Mark Fisher

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.

Steve Grossman

Steve Grossman

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

Jeff McCormick

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.

Lt. Governor

Leland Chueng

Leland Chueng

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

Steve Kerrigan

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

Mike Lake

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.

Karyn Polito

Karyn Polito

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.

Secretary of Commonwealth

William Galvin

William Galvin

William Galvin was born on September 17, 1950 in the Brighton section of Boston where he lives today with his wife, Eileen, and daughter, Bridget. He was educated in the Brighton parochial schools, and graduated cum laude from Boston College in 1972 and Suffolk University Law School in 1975. He began his political career in 1972 as an aide to the Governor’s Council while an undergraduate, and won a special election to the General Court as state representative from the Allston-Brighton district the same year he graduated from Law School.

If re-elected Galvin said he plans to advance the opportunity of commonwealth citizens by giving them the opportunity to speak out, to vote, to obtain justice, and to pursue health and happiness, to create strong communities brimming with hope for every citizen and our child.

David D’Arcangelo

David D’Arcangelo

D’Arcangelo, 43, lives in Malden with wife Lisa and his daughter. He is a 1996 graduate of Suffolk University, where he recently served as an adjunct faculty member in the Communications and Journalism Department. In his decades of experience with elections, he has worked volunteering for dozens of campaigns and serving the City of Boston as an election officer, warden, clerk and inspector.

His experience includes working in the administrations of three governors and in the state Legislature, as well as serving on the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind for two terms under both governors Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick. Outside of government, he’s founded and serves as managing director of Arc Angel Communications, a public relations and social media firm.

Danny Factor

Danny Factor

Factor was raised by activist parents in New York City’s South Bronx. After attending the Ethical Culture Schools, he earned a degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and went on to receive a law degree from Vermont Law School. After moving to Massachusetts in the 1990’s, he became a public interest attorney. Today, he lives in Acton with his partner Nadia and their 16 year-old son, Mandela, where he is active on the Acton Commission on Disabilities.

As a Green-Rainbow Party candidate and lifelong activist, Factor plans improve upon economic, social, education and environment issues by enacting an economic bill of rights, ending foreclosures in Massachusetts, breaking up big banks, getting big money out of politics and enacting tuition free higher education.

Attorney General

Warren Tolman

Warren Tolman

Tolman, 54, grew up in Watertown, MA, Attended Amherst College and Boston College Law School. He is a Massachusetts lawyer and former member of the Massachusetts General Court, serving in both of the Court’s houses. Married to fellow Watertown native Carolyn Tolman; they have three children

Tolman said he sees the job as Attorney General as a way to build off of his long track record of standing up to entrenched interests. As a legislator, he took on big tobacco, leading the fight to make it harder to sell cigarettes to kids. He stood up to big polluters and led the fight for clean election laws. Has been committed to progressive values and progressive action. And is determined to ensure that every person in this Commonwealth has someone to speak for them in the Attorney General’s office.

Maura Healey

Maura Healey

Healey was born and raised in Newburyport. After graduating from public high school she went on to attend Harvard College where she majored in government and captained the Harvard basketball team. After two years as a starting point guard for the UBBC Wustenrot Salzburg professional basketball team in Austria, Maura returned to Massachusetts to attend law school at Northeastern University School of Law. Today she resides in Charlestown with her partner.

Healey joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2007 after serving as a litigator in one of Boston’s most prominent law firms, WilmerHale, formerly Hale and Dorr, and as a special assistant district attorney in Middlesex County.

John Miller

John Miller

Miller was born and raised in New Britain, CT. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970 where he earned degrees in Civil Engineering and Soil Mechanics. After college he attended Boston University School of Law, and graduated with a degree in Law and an advanced degree in Taxation. Miller worked as in-house patent counsel for a high-tech Massachusetts manufacturing firm until 1981, when he moved to Gadsby & Hannah to practice construction and government contracts law. A few years later, Miller returned to MIT to earn his doctorate in Infrastructure Systems. Mille resides in Winchester with his wife Dr. Joan Miller, where they raised their three children who are all graduates of Massachusetts universities.

Miller is running for attorney general hoping to use his experiences to help the commonwealth. He believes it is the Attorney General’s duty to fight public corruption, protect consumers, combat crime and protect our society’s most vulnerable members.

Treasurer

Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg

Goldberg was raised in Brookline. Deb is a graduate of Boston University, Boston College Law School, and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She grew up in Brookline where she still lives with her husband, Michael Winter, their son and daughter, Evan and Meredith.

Goldberg served for six years on the Brookline Board of Selectmen, the last two as its Chair. She led initiatives to revitalize Brookline’s commercial areas, increase the availability of affordable housing, worked with the Retirement Board on pension funding, cost of living adjustments, and brought policy budgeting to the forefront.

Thomas Conroy

Thomas Conroy

Tom received his MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins in Washington DC, and an MBA in Finance from Boston University. He worked in the business sector with various consulting groups in the Greater Boston area, where he focused on helping state agencies manage their finances and guiding private firms to develop more efficient finance practices. He lives in Wayland with his wife, Sarah Sewall, and their four daughters.

Conroy is running for state Treasurer because he believes that the fundamental promise of Massachusetts — that we are a true commonwealth of equal opportunity — is at risk, and that his unique private and public sector experience makes him best qualified candidate to help lead the state forward toward a better and brighter future.

Barry Finegold

Barry Finegold

Barry Finegold, 43, was raised in Andover and Tewksbury. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a major in government and a business concentration. Barry lives in Andover with his wife, Amy, and three children, Ava, Ella and Max.

Finegold was elected to the Andover Board of Selectmen at age 24. A year later, in 1996, he won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a Democrat. He held this position for 11 years, representing the 17th Essex District, consisting of Andover, Tewksbury and Lawrence.

Mike Heffernan

Mike Heffernan

Heffernan is a native of Southborough. He holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University, and an MBA in Finance from New York University. After successfully launching Mobiquity, Mike returned to school full time, earning an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Today he resides in Wellesley with his wife Peggy and their three teenage children.

Heffernan brings over 25 years of private sector experience from senior leadership roles in financial services, capital markets and entrepreneurship. He’s spent nearly two decades in increasingly senior roles at Citigroup’s Markets & Banking division, most recently overseeing Citi’s 7 U.S. Regional Distribution offices in institutional equities. As well, he has been active in a number of charitable organizations

Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson

As a resident of Arlington, MA, Jackson attended Baylor University, graduating with a BA in computer science and business minor. He then went on to graduate from Northeastern University with a MS in computer science. He’s served as chair for various organizations including the MLK Observance Committee of Arlington, Tech Park Toastmasters and the First Baptist Church of Arlington.

As a Green-Rainbow party candidate, Jackson plans to narrow the economic gap and provide opportunity to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity and ability. He plans to make MA sustainable in the use of its resources by making future investments in clean water, solid education, employment growth and a sustainable banking system.

Auditor

Suzanne Bump

Suzanne Bump

Bump, 58, grew up in the South Shore town of Whitman. She attended Cardinal Spellman High School, received her A.B. from Boston College, and received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Resides in Great Barrington with husband Paul McDevitt.

She won the primary and the general election and was sworn in as State Auditor of Massachusetts on January 19, 2011. Shortly after taking office, Auditor Bump held sweeping reforms following an independent review of the auditing office she took over. Under Bump’s tenure, the state Auditor’s office has released hard-hitting reports on government agencies and departments failing to conduct simple checks with their data.

Patricia Saint Aubin

Patricia Saint Aubin

Patricia was raised in South Dartmouth and attended Bishop Stang High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Providence College in 1980. She later returned to her alma mater at Providence College, earning her Masters in American History in 2009, and is now pursuing a double major Masters in European History there. Today she resides in Norfolk with her husband.

Saint Aubin is also a 17-year member of the Norfolk Republican Town Committee, and serves as the current vice-chair.