Voter Guide for 2018 Midterm Election

The Midterm Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6 from 7 am – 8 pm at St. Theresa’s Church.

The Midterm Election lets voters revisit their representation in Congress, both the House of Representatives (all representatives are up for a vote every 2 years) and in the Senate (senators serve staggered 6 year terms, so 0 or 1 of our 2 senators are up for election every 2 years).

Click through the table below to learn more about the candidates. You may also wish to google for news articles and other information about local or lesser-known candidates. A sample ballot for the election is available here.

This ballot also features three ballot questions, listed below the candidate table.

Candidates

Name Party Affiliation Campaign Page Title/Notes
Senator in U.S. Congress
Elizabeth A. Warren* Democratic https://elizabethwarren.com/ United States Senator
Geoff Diehl Republican https://diehlforsenate.com/ Current State Representative
Shiva Ayyadurai Independent https://shiva4senate.com Scientist, Entrepreneur
Governor
Charles D. Baker*
Karyn E. Polito
Republican https://www.charliebakerma.com/ Governor of Massachusetts
Jay M. Gonzalez
Quentin Palfrey
Democratic https://jay4ma.com/ Former Secretary of Administration and Finance
Attorney General
Maura Healey* Democratic http://www.maurahealey.com/ M.A. Attorney General
James R. McMahon, III Republican https://www.attorneyjaymcmahon.com/ Attorney
Secretary of State
William Francis Galvin* Democratic http://www.billgalvin.org/ M.A. State Secretary
Anthony M. Amore Republican http://www.amore2018.com/ Author
Juan G. Sanchez, Jr Green-Rainbow http://www.green-rainbow.org/juan_sanchez_for_secretary_of_the_commonwealth Activist
Treasurer
Deborah B. Goldberg* Democratic http://www.debgoldberg.com/ Treasurer
Keiko M. Orrall Republican https://votekeiko.com/ State Representative
Jamie M. Guerin Green-Rainbow http://www.green-rainbow.org/jamie_guerin_for_state_treasurer Activist
Auditor
Suzanne M. Bump* Democratic http://suzannebump.com/ State Auditor
Helen Brady Republican https://www.giveemhelen.com/ Business Executive
Daniel Fishman Libertarian https://www.auditmassachusetts.com/ Attorney
Edward J. Stamas Green-Rainbow http://www.green-rainbow.org/stamas_for_state_auditor Science Educator
Representative in U.S. House, 6th U.S. District
Seth Moulton* Democratic https://sethmoulton.com/ United States Congressman
Joseph S. Schneider Republican https://joeschneiderforcongress.com/ Veteran
Mary Jean Charbonneau Independent
Councillor, 5th M.A. District
Eileen R. Duff* Democratic https://www.voteduff.com/ Councillor
Richard A. Baker Republican http://www.richbaker.us/ Business Executive
Marc C. Mercier Libertarian https://www.facebook.com/marc.mercier.733076 Former Boxford School Committee member
Senator In General Court, First Essex & Middlesex M.A. District
Bruce E. Tarr* Republican https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/BET0/Biography M.A. State Senator
Representative In General Court, Twentieth Middlesex M.A. District
Bradley H. Jones, Jr.* Republican https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/BHJ1/Biography M.A. State Representative; Former Selectman
District Attorney, Northern M.A. District
Marian T. Ryan* Democratic http://www.marianryan.org/ District Attorney
Clerk Of Courts, Middlesex County
Michael A. Sullivan* Democratic http://www.sullivanclerkofcourts.com/ Clerk of Courts
Register Of Deeds, Middlesex Southern M.A. District
Maria C. Curtatone* Democratic http://www.mariacurtatone.com/2017/ Register of Deeds

 

Ballot Questions

Question 1

Do you approve of a law that would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities. The maximum number of patients per registered nurse would vary by type of unit and level of care (details available here).

A Yes vote would limit the number of patients that could be assigned to one registered nurse in hospitals and certain other health care facilities.

A No vote would make no change in current laws relative to patient-to-nurse limits.

 

Question 2

Do you approve of a law that would create a citizens commission to consider and recommend potential amendments to the United States Constitution to establish that corporations do not have the same Constitutional rights as human beings and that campaign contributions and expenditures may be regulated (details available here).

A Yes vote would create a citizens commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings.

A No vote would not create this commission.

 

Question 3

Do you approve of a law (previously approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate on July 7, 2016) that adds gender identity to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination in places of public accommodation, resort, or amusement (details available here).

A Yes vote would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation.

A No vote would repeal this provision of the public accommodation law.