2022 is shaping up to be a banner year for Massachusetts politics – Boston 25 News

BOSTON — 2022 is shaping up to be a banner year for Massachusetts politics, with a crowded race for governor, a wide-open contest for attorney general, a number of heated district attorney elections and a handful tricky voting questions.

The contests also reflect the contours of the state’s demographic landscape.

The three announced Democratic candidates for governor are all women in a state that has never elected a woman to the position. This follows Boston’s election of its first woman and first person of color for mayor last year – Michelle Wu.

With Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito stepping out of the race, the office is up for grabs. On Thursday, Attorney General Maura Healey announced her candidacy, joining Democrat Harvard professor Danielle Allen and State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz.

On the Republican side, Geoff Diehl, a former GOP state representative for Whitman and a supporter of President Donald Trump, announced his candidacy before Baker stepped down. Shiva Ayyadurai, who lost a 2020 Republican primary bid for the U.S. Senate, said he also plans to run.

Healey’s decision signals the start of a rush for an open race for attorney general.

Among the Democrats considering running for the state’s top law enforcement official are Shannon Liss-Riordan, a labor attorney at Brookline and a former candidate for the U.S. Senate; Quentin Palfrey, the party’s 2018 nominee for lieutenant governor; and former Boston City Councilwoman Andrea Campbell, who launched an unsuccessful bid for mayor last year. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan also did not rule out a run.

The governor’s and attorney general’s offices aren’t the only races open statewide this year.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump said she will not run again. Two Democratic candidates — transportation attorney Chris Dempsey and Methuen State Senator Diana DiZoglio — have announced their candidacies.

There are at least five Democrats vying for lieutenant governor, including Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, State Rep. Tami Gouveia of Acton, State Sen. Eric Lesser of Longmeadow, Sen. of State Adam Hinds of Pittsfield and Boston businessman Bret Bero.

Whoever wins will run as a team in the general election with the winner of the Democratic primary for governor.

Longtime Democratic Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin has yet to say whether he will seek election to an eighth term, but has already attracted a Democratic challenger in Boston branch president Tanisha Sullivan. of the NAACP.

Democratic state treasurer Deborah Goldberg also hasn’t said whether she will run again.

One of the most closely watched races for district attorney involves the seat vacated by Rachael Rollins, who this month became the first black woman to serve as U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. Kevin Hayden was sworn in as the new Suffolk District Attorney to complete Rollins’ term, but did not say whether he would run for the seat in the fall.

In another potential DA contest, Rahsaan Hall, a Democrat and director of the ACLU Massachusetts Racial Justice Program, is considering a run against Plymouth County Attorney Republican Timothy Cruz, who holds the position. since 2002.

Two other longtime district attorneys — Cape and Islands DA Michael O’Keefe, a Republican, and Essex District DA Jonathan Blodgett, a Democrat — have decided not to seek re-election. Both served five terms.

And in western Massachusetts, defense attorney Robert Sullivan plans to challenge Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington, a Democrat.

One of the most closely watched issues in the November ballot is the so-called “millionaire tax”.

Proponents say the proposed 4% surtax on the portion of an individual’s annual income that exceeds $1 million would generate about $2 billion in annual revenue for education and transportation. Opponents say the measure will cost jobs and force out some of the state’s wealthiest citizens.

Another thorny issue is championed by a coalition of app-based companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart.

Proponents say the proposal would set a guaranteed minimum income for workers, extend new benefits including health care allowances and paid sick leave. Workers would remain independent contractors instead of employees. Critics, including unions, say the measure would create a “second class” status for drivers while allowing big tech companies to avoid taxes.

All of the state’s nine members of the US House are up for re-election, but neither of the state’s two Democratic US senators – Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey – will face voters this election cycle.

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