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.


Name Party Affiliation Campaign Page Title/Notes
Senator in U.S. Congress
Elizabeth A. Warren* Democratic United States Senator
Geoff Diehl Republican Current State Representative
Shiva Ayyadurai Independent Scientist, Entrepreneur
Charles D. Baker*
Karyn E. Polito
Republican Governor of Massachusetts
Jay M. Gonzalez
Quentin Palfrey
Democratic Former Secretary of Administration and Finance
Attorney General
Maura Healey* Democratic M.A. Attorney General
James R. McMahon, III Republican Attorney
Secretary of State
William Francis Galvin* Democratic M.A. State Secretary
Anthony M. Amore Republican Author
Juan G. Sanchez, Jr Green-Rainbow Activist
Deborah B. Goldberg* Democratic Treasurer
Keiko M. Orrall Republican State Representative
Jamie M. Guerin Green-Rainbow Activist
Suzanne M. Bump* Democratic State Auditor
Helen Brady Republican Business Executive
Daniel Fishman Libertarian Attorney
Edward J. Stamas Green-Rainbow Science Educator
Representative in U.S. House, 6th U.S. District
Seth Moulton* Democratic United States Congressman
Joseph S. Schneider Republican Veteran
Mary Jean Charbonneau Independent
Councillor, 5th M.A. District
Eileen R. Duff* Democratic Councillor
Richard A. Baker Republican Business Executive
Marc C. Mercier Libertarian Former Boxford School Committee member
Senator In General Court, First Essex & Middlesex M.A. District
Bruce E. Tarr* Republican M.A. State Senator
Representative In General Court, Twentieth Middlesex M.A. District
Bradley H. Jones, Jr.* Republican M.A. State Representative; Former Selectman
District Attorney, Northern M.A. District
Marian T. Ryan* Democratic District Attorney
Clerk Of Courts, Middlesex County
Michael A. Sullivan* Democratic Clerk of Courts
Register Of Deeds, Middlesex Southern M.A. District
Maria C. Curtatone* Democratic 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.