Coakley, Baker take nod for gov.’s race; Chang-Díaz wins

October 3, 2014
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Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will face each other in the gubernatorial race in the November general election after winning their respective party’s nomination in the Sept. 9 state’s primary election.

Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) easily captured the Democratic nomination for her seat.

Chang-Díaz tallied the victory winning 81 percent of voters, while her opponent, Roy Owens, had 19 percent, according to City results. Chang-Díaz will now face David James Wyatt, a regular candidate who had a failed mayoral bid in 2013. He ran unchallenged for the Republican nomination.

Democrat state Reps. Jeffrey Sánchez (15th Suffolk District) did not face an opponent in the primary election and will not face one in the general election in November.

In the Governor’s Office race, Coakley, who is the state Attorney General, beat state Treasurer Steve Grossman and Don Berwick for the Democratic nomination. Baker, who lost the last gubernatorial race to Deval Patrick, trounced Mark Fisher for the Republican nod.

Former Lancaster Selectman Stephen Kerrigan earned the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, beating Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung and Michael Lake. Karyn Polito ran unopposed for the Republican spot.

In the race to replace Coakley as the state attorney general, former state Assistant Attorney General Maura Healey topped former state Sen. Warren Tolman on the Democratic side, while John Miller is the sole Republican.

Former Brookline Selectman Deborah Goldberg garnered the Democratic nomination for state treasurer, beating state Rep. Thomas Conroy and state Sen. Barry Finegold. Michael James Heffernan ran unopposed for the Republican spot.

Former Boston City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo came out of a thick field of several candidates to earn the Democratic nomination for Suffolk County register of probate office. There are no Republican challengers.

Felix D. Arroyo is well-known locally as the father of Felix G. Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident and the City of Boston’s chief of Health and Human Services.

In the race for the Democratic nomination for sheriff of Suffolk County, current officeholder Steven Tompkins beat Douglas Bennett and Jeremiah Goodwin. There are no Republican challengers. Tompkins will serve out the remaining term of Andrea Cabral, who was appointed to the state secretary of public safety. The next full-term sheriff election will be in 2016.

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