Election Day 2010 came to a close last night after one of the most expensive and competitive election seasons in recent memory. The state saw contested races for
Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer and Auditor; several close and seriously contested Congressional races, races for thirty-five open seats in the Legislature and many
competitive races among legislative candidates.
Governor Deval Patrick and Lt. Governor Tim Murray were reelected with 49% of the vote. Republican Charlie Baker received 42% and Independent Tim Cahill trailed at 8%.
Both Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) and Secretary of State William Galvin (D) were comfortably reelected with large margins. Massachusetts will have a new Treasurer
and Auditor as both were open seats (Treasurer Tim Cahill ran for Governor as an independent and Auditor Joe DeNucci (D) is retiring after serving as Auditor for twenty four
years), with Steve Grossman (D) winning the Treasurer’s seat. Susan Bump (D) defeated Republican candidate Mary Connaughton by a narrow margin in the Auditor’s
The Congressional delegation will remain entirely Democratic with all incumbents beating challengers, the closest race being in the tenth Congressional District, an open
seat following the retirement of Congressman Bill Delahunt (D). Democrat Bill Keating, the Norfolk County District Attorney, narrowly defeated Republican State Representative
Jeff Perry in a very hotly contested race.
The makeup of the Massachusetts Legislature will not materially change for the upcoming 2011-2012 Legislative Session as Democrats will retain an overwhelming,
veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. There was a total of eighty contested races, the most since 1990, including thirty-five open seats—eight in the Senate and
twenty-seven in the House. At least six incumbent Democrats lost their seats in the House and Republicans stand to double their House membership from fifteen to thirty after
several close races are called.
In the Senate, Democrats had a clean sweep with all incumbent Senators running for reelection winning, and Democrats picking up all eight open seats to increase their
majority by one seat to 36-4. Democrats claimed the seat vacated by Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, who was the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor.
Voters faced three ballot questions statewide and narrowly approved only Question 1, which repeals a new sales tax on alcohol purchases. The other two— repealing the
state’s affordable housing law and reducing the statewide sales tax from 6.25% to 3%— were both soundly rejected by voters.
Statewide Election Results
Patrick/Murray (D): 49%
Baker/Tisei (R): 42%
Cahill (I): 8%
Stein/Purcell (G): 1%
Grossman (D): 55%
Polito (R): 45%
Bump (D): 49%
Connaughton (R): 46%
Fortune (G): 5%
Coakley (D): 63%
McKenna (R): 37%
Secretary of State
Galvin (D): 65%
Campbell (R): 33%
Henderson (U): 3%
The Eight Open Senate Seats
First Bristol and Plymouth
Outgoing Senator: Joan Menard (D-Fall River).
District: Fall River, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Lakeville and Rochester.
Senator Elect: Democrat Michael Rodrigues, a seven-term member of the House of
Representatives who headed the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional
Cape and Islands
Outgoing Senator: Robert O’Leary (D-Barnstable) – Ran and lost in the Democratic
primary for the 10th Congressional District.
District: Ten precincts of Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Harwich,
Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth, Aquinnah, Chilmark,
Edgartown, Gosnold, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury and Nantucket.
Senator Elect: Democrat Daniel Wolf, a Harwich resident, pilot and founder of Cape Air
Second Essex and Middlesex
Outgoing Senator: Susan Tucker (D-Andover).
District: Lawrence, Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury.
Senator Elect: Democrat Barry Finegold, an Andover attorney, seven-term member of
the House and co-chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and
Outgoing Senator: Stephen Buoniconti (D-West Springfield) – Candidate for Hampden
County district attorney.
District: Portions of three wards of Chicopee, portions of five wards of Springfield,
Agawam and West Springfield.
Senator Elect: Democrat James Welch, a three-term House member from West
Springfield who is vice chair of the Committee on Bills in Third Reading.
Outgoing Senator: Steven Panagiotakos (D-Lowell), Chairman of Senate Ways and
District: Lowell, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough and Westford.
Senator Elect: Democrat Eileen Donoghue, an attorney, former Lowell mayor and
onetime candidate for Congress.
Middlesex and Essex
Outgoing Senator: Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield) – Candidate for Lt. Governor.
District: Malden, five wards of Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and Lynnfield.
Senator Elect: Democrat Katherine Clark, an attorney and a second-term member of the
House from Melrose who served six years on the Melrose School Committee.
Norfolk and Plymouth
Outgoing Senator: Michael Morrissey (D-Quincy) – Candidate for Norfolk County
District: Quincy, eight precincts of Braintree, Holbrook, Abington and Rockland.
Senator Elect: Democrat John Keenan, a Quincy resident and attorney who worked as a
public defender, litigator and insurance fraud attorney and who has served as an at-large
Quincy City Councilor for four terms.
Outgoing Senator: Marian Walsh (D-West Roxbury).
District: Portions of three wards of Boston, Dedham, Norwood and Westwood.
Senator Elect: Democrat Michael Rush, a four-term member of the House from West
Roxbury, a history teacher and a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve.
The Twenty-Seven Open House Seats
Outgoing Representative: Jeffrey Perry (R-Sandwich) – Candidate for Congress in the
10th Congressional District.
District: Three precincts of Barnstable, one precinct of Bourne, two precincts of
Mashpee and the town of Sandwich.
Representative Elect: Republican Randy Hunt, a Sandwich resident, certified accountant
and two-term member of the Sandwich Board of Selectmen.
Outgoing Representative: Daniel Bosley (D-North Adams).
District: The towns of Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown,
Charlemont, Hawley, Heath, Monroe and Rowe.
Representative Elect: Democrat Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams, a twenty-year City
Outgoing Representative: Denis Guyer (D-Dalton).
District: The towns of Becket, Cheshire, Dalton, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough,
New Ashford, Peru, Richmond, Washington, Windsor, Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland,
Colrain, Leyden, Northfield and Shelburne, Cummington, Middlefield and Plainfield, and
a precinct of the City of Pittsfield.
Representative Elect: Democrat Paul Mark, a Hancock resident, attorney and member of
Outgoing Representative: Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) – Candidate for the State
District: Portions of five wards of Fall River and the town of Westport.
Representative Elect: Democrat Paul Schmid, a Westport resident and member of the
Westport Board of Selectmen.
Outgoing Representative: John Quinn (D-Dartmouth) – Candidate for Bristol County
District: The town of Dartmouth, a precinct of Freetown, a ward of New Bedford and a
precinct of Lakeville.
Representative Elect: Democrat Christopher Markey, a Dartmouth resident and attorney
who runs a law office in New Bedford.
Outgoing Representative: Mary Grant (D-Beverly).
District: The City of Beverly.
Representative Elect: Democrat Jerald Parisella, an attorney and assistant city solicitor
Outgoing Representative: Barry Finegold (D-Andover) – Candidate for the State
District: Six precincts of Andover, portions of two wards of Lawrence and two precincts
Representative Elect: Republican Paul Adams, an Andover resident and longtime
Republican political and policy consultant.
Outgoing Representative: Christopher Donelan (D-Orange) – Candidate for Franklin
District: The towns of Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Orange, Warwick and Athol.
Representative Elect: Democrat Denise Andrews of Orange, a business consultant and
twenty-five year employee of Procter and Gamble and member of the Governor’s
Advisory Council for Non-Discrimination.
Outgoing Representative: James Welch (D-Springfield) – Candidate for the State
District: Portions of three wards of Chicopee, a precinct of Springfield and the town of
Representative Elect: Democrat Michael Finn, a West Springfield resident and president
of the town council.
Outgoing Representative: Robert Hargraves (R-Groton)
District: The towns of Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell and Townsend.
Representative Elect: Republican Sheila Harrington, a Groton attorney focusing on
family law, real estate, workers’ compensation and personal injury.
Outgoing Representative: Pam Richardson (D-Framingham) – Lost in a reelection
District: Eleven precincts of Framingham.
Representative Elect: Democrat Chris Walsh, a Framingham resident and architect.
Outgoing Representative: William Greene (D-Billerica)
District: The town of Billerica.
Representative Elect: Republican Marc Lombardo of Billerica, a sales account manager
for Saba Software and a member of the Board of Selectmen since 2005.
Outgoing Representative: Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) – Candidate for the State
District: The City of Melrose and four precincts of the town of Wakefield.
Representative Elect: Democrat Paul Brodeur of Melrose, an attorney for the Executive
Office of Elder Affairs, the president of Melrose’s Board of Aldermen since 2004 and a
Outgoing Representative: Stephen Tobin (D-Quincy) – Ran and lost in a State Senate
District: Portions of four wards of Quincy.
Representative Elect: Democrat Tackey Chan of Quincy, a former aide to Sen. Michael
Morrissey and assistant attorney general in Martha Coakley’s office of ratepayer
Outgoing Representative: Joseph Driscoll (D-Braintree) – Ran and lost in the primary
for Norfolk County district attorney.
District: The town of Braintree, a precinct of Holbrook and a precinct of Randolph.
Representative Elect: Democrat Mark Cusack, a Braintree resident and aide to Mayor
Seat Last Held By: Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) – Holds the Norfolk, Bristol and
Middlesex Senate seat that he won in a special election earlier this year.
District: Two precincts of Medfield, one precinct of Millis, the towns of Norfolk and
Plainville, a precinct of Walpole and the town of Wrentham.
Representative Elect: Republican Daniel Winslow, a Norfolk resident and former
Romney administration legal counsel from 2002 to 2005 and district court judge from
Outgoing Representative: Lida Harkins (D-Needham).
District: The town of Dover, two precincts of Medfield and the town of Needham.
Representative Elect: Democrat Denise Garlick, a Needham resident, registered nurse
and vice chair of the Needham Board of Selectmen.
Seat Last Held By: Robert Nyman (D-Hanover) – Passed away in June 2010.
District: The towns of Hanover, Norwell and Rockland
Representative Elect: Democrat Rhonda Nyman, wife of the late Bob Nyman and CFO
of Triangle Engineering for the past twenty-three years.
Outgoing Representative: David Flynn (D-Bridgewater).
District: The towns of Easton, Raynham and Bridgewater.
Representative Elect: Republican Angelo D’Emilia, a Bridgewater resident and owner of
a contracting company he founded in 1987.
Outgoing Representative: Brian Wallace (D-South Boston).
District: Portions of five wards in the City of Boston
Representative Elect: Democrat Nicholas Collins, aide to Sen. Jack Hart and aide to Joe
Biden’s presidential campaign in 2008.
Seat Last Held By: Marie St. Fleur (D-Boston) – Took a post with the Menino
administration in Boston.
District: Portions of seven wards in the City of Boston.
Representative Elect: Democrat Carlos Henriquez, a youth worker and previous city
Outgoing Representative: Willie Mae Allen (D-Boston)
District: Portions of four wards in the City of Boston.
Representative Elect: Democrat Russell Holmes, a mechanical engineer with a
Northeastern University MBA who works for a robotics manufacturer.
Outgoing Representative: Michael Rush (D-West Roxbury) – Candidate for the State
District: Three precincts in the town of Brookline and the Boston neighborhoods of West
Roxbury and Roslindale.
Representative Elect: Democrat Ed Coppinger, a mortgage loan officer.
Outgoing Representative: Lew Evangelidis (R-Holden) – Candidate for Worcester
District: The towns of Holden, Princeton, Rutland, Westminster, and a precinct of
Representative Elect: Republican Kimberly Ferguson, of Holden and a Speech
pathologist who teaches at Framingham State College.
Outgoing Representative: Robert Rice (D-Gardner).
District: The town of Ashby, the City of Gardner and the towns of Ashburnham,
Royalston and Winchendon.
Representative Elect: Republican Richard Bastien of Gardner, a retail store manager and
former Navy serviceman.
Outgoing Representative: Karyn Polito (R-Shrewsbury) – Candidate for State
District: The town of Shrewsbury and two precincts of Westborough.
Representative Elect: Republican Matthew Beaton, a Shrewsbury engineer and owner of
a construction company.
Outgoing Representative: Robert Spellane (D-Worcester)
District: The town of Paxton and portions of three wards of Worcester.
Representative Elect: Democrat John Mahoney, a local business owner.
John Nunnari, Assoc AIA
BSA/AIA MA Public Policy Director