On Tuesday, September 6th, Massachusetts held its State Primary Election. On the ballot were Representatives in Congress, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Governor's Council, State Senator, State Representative, District Attorney, Sheriff, and County Commissioner (only in certain counties).

 

The Winners for Statewide Executive Office Seats are:

  • Governor:
    • Maura Healey (D)
    • Geoff Diehl (R)
  • Lt. Governor:
    • Kim Driscoll (D)
    • Leah Allen (R) *Leah Allen leads Kate Campanale; however, as of this Wednesday morning, the race has not yet been called.*
  • Attorney General:
    • Andrea Campbell (D)
    • Jay McMahon (R)
  • Secretary of State:
    • William Galvin (D)
    • Rayla Campbell (R)
  • Auditor:
    • Diana DiZoglio (D)
    • Anthony Amore (R)’

 

  • State Treasurer (Uncontested)
    • Deb Goldberg (Incumbent)

 

  • Some Winners for Highly Contested State Legislative Seats include:
  • Second Suffolk Senate Seat
    • Representative Liz Miranda (D - Roxbury) is slated to join the Senate after winning one of the most closely watched primary elections of the cycle. Miranda beat out fellow Representative Nika Elugardo, former Senator Dianne Wilkerson, Reverend Miniard Culpepper, and former teacher and corrections officer James Grant to represent the Roxbury-based district. There is no Republican challenger facing Representative Miranda in the November General election.

 

  • First Worcester Senate District
    • Former YWCA of Central Massachusetts executive Robyn Kennedy defeated six-term Worcester Mayor Joe Petty in the race to succeed retiring Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler in the First Worcester District. There is no Republican challenger facing Robyn Kennedy in the November General election.

 

  • Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester Senate District
    • State Representative Jake Oliveira (D – Ludlow) won the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat being vacated by four-term incumbent Eric Lesser. His primary opponent Sydney Levin-Epstein conceded. In November’s general election, Representative Oliveria will face Republican William Johnson who won the Republican Primary uncontested.

 

  • First Plymouth & Norfolk Senate District
    • Incumbent State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R – Weymouth) beat challenger Ronald Patuto in the Republican primary for his seat representing the 1st Plymouth and Norfolk District. In November’s general election, State Senator Patrick O’Connor will face Democrat Robert Stephens who won the Democratic Primary uncontested.

 

  • Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire Senate District
    • State Representative Paul Mark (D – Peru) defeated primary opponent Huff Tyler Templeton III in the Democratic Primary for the Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire Senate District. The senate seat became vacant when democratic state Senator Adam Hinds (D – Pittsfield) chose not to seek reelection after a failed attempt at running for lieutenant governor. There is no Republican challenger facing Representative Mark in the November General election.

 

  • Fourth Essex House District
    • Lawrence City Councilor Estela Reyes defeated former Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua and Methuen City Councilor James McCarty in the Democratic Primary for the new Fourth Essex House District seat. There is no Republican challenger facing Estela Reyes in the November General election.

 

  • Eighth Hampden House District
    • Shirley Arriaga beat two-term Chicopee City Councilor Joel McAuliffe for the 8th Hampden District State House seat. The House seat is open after Representative Joe Wagner (D – Chicopee) announced he was retiring after over three decades in the house, and Wagner endorsed Shirley Arriaga for the House seat. Arriaga advances to the November ballot with no Republican challenger.

 

 

  • Seventh Essex House District
    • Manny Cruz beat Domingo Dominguez and Gene Collins to represent the Seventh Essex House district. Cruz is a member of Salem's School Committee and a former Beacon Hill aide who worked for Representative Paul Tucker, the district's current representative, as well as former Representative Juana Matias. Cruz advances to the November ballot with no Republican challenger.

 

  • Eighth Essex House District
    • In the most crowded field of the 200 legislative contests, speechwriter Jenny Armini topped a six-way primary for the Eighth Essex District. Former Representative Lori Ehrlich (D - Marblehead) previously represented the district until she resigned in January for a job with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Armini advances to the November ballot with no Republican challenger.

 

  • Sixteenth Essex House District
    • Incumbent Representative Marcos Devers (D -Lawrence) was defeated in his reelection bid by Francisco Paulino of Methuen, a former Lawrence School Committee member and tax associate. Representative Marcos Devers was the only incumbent legislator to be defeated by a primary challenger. Francisco Paulino advances to the November ballot with no Republican challenger.