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Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2018

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November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)  2022 →
Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2018

The 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of Massachusetts.


Incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Baker is eligible to run for re-election to a second term in office. No announcement has been made if Govenor Charlie Baker will run for a second term.

Republican primary

Some conservative members of the Republican Party have stated that the Governor could face a Republican challenger in 2018 if he is too moderate. GOP state committeeman Robert Cappucci told the Boston Herald that if Baker "shuns conservatives...there will be 100 percent an effort to try to find a conservative, viable candidate to challenge him in 2018 for governor". David Kopacz, the president of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly, has also stated that Baker may face a conservative challenger in 2018.


  • Charlie Baker, incumbent Governor
  • Democratic primary

    In November 2014, after interviewing over a dozen Democratic operatives, strategists, and activists, Joshua Miller of The Boston Globe wrote that the party would be looking for a young, fresh candidate who can appeal to the party's progressive base. He identified Attorney General-elect Maura Healey as being "the first name on many Democratic lists". Samantha Lachman of The Huffington Post also identified Healey as a potential candidate for Governor in 2018 or in a future United States Senate race.


  • Jay Gonzalez, former State Secretary of Administration and Finance
  • Potential

  • Joe Avellone, former executive at PAREXEL, former COO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, former chairman of the Wellesley Board of selectmen, and candidate for governor in 2014
  • Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville
  • Richard A. Davey, former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation and former General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Kim Driscoll, Mayor of Salem
  • Evan Falchuk, founder and former chair of the United Independent Party and United Independent nominee for Governor in 2014
  • John Kerry, former United States Secretary of State, former U.S. Senator and nominee for President in 2004
  • Seth Moulton, U.S. Representative
  • Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012
  • Dan Wolf, former State Senator, and founder and CEO of Cape Air
  • Declined

  • Jeff Bussgang, venture capitalist and lecturer at Harvard Business School
  • Katherine Clark, U.S. Representative
  • Benjamin Downing, State Senator
  • Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Joseph P. Kennedy III, U.S. Representative (running for re-election)
  • Marty Meehan, former U.S. Representative
  • Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston and former State Representative
  • United Independent nomination

    Because Evan Falchuk received more than 3% of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election, the United Independent Party has gained official status. Falchuck had stated that he would "certainly" run for office in 2018.In 2016 however, the UIP lost its official party status after it failed to register 1% of Massachusetts voters as members. Evan Falchuk later left the UIP and registered as a Democrat in early 2017 after UIP lost it's official party status.


  • Evan Falchuk, Party founder and nominee for Governor in 2014
  • References

    Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2018 Wikipedia

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