Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidates 2014
Massachusetts Governor Candidates
State Primary on September 9, 2014
Massachusetts Governor Race for Election 2014
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Massachusetts Governor Candidates - Announced, Potential, and Rumored Gubernatorial Candidates
Republican and Democrat Candidates for Massachusetts Governor Primary Election
Don Berwick (D)
Martha Coakley (D)
Steve Grossman (D)
Charlie Baker (R)
Mark Fisher (R) - Tea Party Activist
Evan Falchuk (United Independent)
Scott Lively (Independent)
Jeff McCormick (Independent)
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Candidates 2014
Leland Cheung (D)
Steve Kerrigan (D)
Mike Lake (D)
Karyn Polito (R)
Tracy Post (Independent)
Shelly Saunders (Independent)
MA Candidates for Congress
MA Congresssional Candidates 2014
Richard Neal (D)
Frederick Mayock (Independent)
Jim McGovern (D)
Niki Tsongas (D)
Ann Wofford (R)
Joe Kennedy III (D)
Katherine Clark (D)
Bill Wilt (Independent)
Sheldon Schwartz (D)
John Tierney (D)
Marisa DeFranco (D)
John Devine (D)
Seth Moulton (D)
Richard Tisei (R)
John Gutta (D)
Chris Stockwell (Independent)
Mike Capuano (D)
J.P. Lowenthal (Green-Rainbow)
Stephen Lynch (D)
Bill Keating (D)
Mark Alliegro (R) - Tea Party Activist
John Chapman (R)
Vincent Cogliano Jr. (R)
Dan Shores (R)
News about the Massachusetts Governor Race 2014
Tea Party Member Mark Fisher Seeks Mass. Primary Spot
By Bob Salsberg March 8, 2014
BOSTON — Mark Fisher makes no apologies for being a tea party member or for his belief in a minimalist government even while running for office in a state where many Republicans prefer to stay closer to the political center.
A small business owner from Shrewsbury, Fisher is all that stands between Charlie Baker and a clear path to the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Whether he can force a September primary with Baker – who lost to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick four years ago – will be decided at the upcoming GOP state convention.
Fisher announced his candidacy on Dec. 16, the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. His campaign has focused heavily on removing tolls from the Massachusetts Turnpike, something he said politicians promised decades ago but never delivered, even after the original highway bonds were paid off.
“Do we fight for small government and individual freedom, or do we allow big government to get bigger and bigger, take over more and more of our lives and erode our personal liberties and become more intrusive?” Fisher asked during a recent appearance at Suffolk University Law School.
Fisher’s other campaign planks include cracking down on welfare fraud and illegal immigration as well as opposition to the federal health care overhaul.
“I’m a full platform, no excuses necessary, loyal and proud Republican,” he said.
The Westfield native said he joined a union and went to work for a local paper goods company after high school, “learning the value of a buck.” He later attended community college before earning engineering and business degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Fisher, 56, explained that he was unemployed several times as companies he worked for closed or left Massachusetts. After a 2008 layoff, Fisher purchased Merchant’s Fabrication, a small manufacturer of customized metals in Auburn.
“I’ve been on unemployment, I know what it is,” he said. “These (government) programs are necessary, and they are there for the needy who need them, not the greedy who abuse them.”
Fisher vehemently opposes driver’s licenses or in-state college tuition for people living in the U.S. illegally, saying it rewards bad behavior.
“They can get their benefits somewhere else, not in Massachusetts,” he said.
Fisher not only opposes the Affordable Care Act but would also seek repeal of the state’s 2006 universal health care law – the latter position putting him at odds with Baker and other Massachusetts Republicans. Fisher envisions a free market system in which health insurance covers catastrophic illnesses, leaving consumers to shop around for the best prices for routine medical care.
Fisher opposes abortion and gay marriage but adds he would not impose his personal beliefs on others. He takes a similar nuanced stance on casinos: He would vote for a proposed ballot question to repeal the state’s gambling law, but as governor, he would not try to interfere with casino operators.
Fisher believes enough Republican delegates back him to achieve the minimum 15 percent support required to set up a primary battle with Baker. But he worries that some of his western Massachusetts supporters will eschew the trek to Boston to vote in the party’s March 22 convention.
Baker, a moderate and former head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, says his campaign is focused on jobs and education. Baker’s willingness to consider an increase in the state’s minimum wage is among other issues that separate the candidates, Fisher said.
As to his longshot chances of becoming governor, Fisher points to Govs. Chris Christie in New Jersey and Scott Walker in Wisconsin as conservative Republicans who have triumphed in Democratic-leaning states.
“In Massachusetts, the bluest of blue states, we elected Ronald Reagan, a conservative, twice in the 1980s,” he said.
History of Massachusetts. Information that every Massachusetts Election Candidates for US Governor Should Know:
Massachusetts was originally inhabited by tribes of the Algonquian language family such as the Wampanoag, Narragansett, Nipmuc, Pocomtuc, Mahican, and Massachusett. The Algonquian tribes inhabited the area prior to European settlement. In the Massachusetts Bay area resided the Massachusett people. Near the present Vermont and New Hampshire borders and the Merrimack Rivervalley was the traditional home of the Pennacook tribe. Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and southeast Massachusetts were the home of the Wampanoag, whom the Pilgrims met. The extreme end of the Cape was inhabited by the closely related Nauset tribe. Much of the central portion and the Connecticut River valley was home to the loosely organized Nipmuc peoples. The Berkshires were the home of both the Pocomtuc and the Mahican tribes. Spillovers of Narragansett and Mohegan from Rhode Island and Connecticut, respectively, were also present.
Although cultivation of crops like squash and corn supplemented their diets, these tribes were generally dependent on hunting, gathering and fishing for most of their food supply. Villages consisted of lodges called wigwams as well as long houses, and tribes were led by male or female elders known assachems.
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