2018 Statewide Elections

This year, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to make sure that strong progressive candidates get elected up and down the ballot. And that requires important decisions.

At Progressive Massachusetts, we are committed to a vision of shared prosperity, racial and social justice, good governance and strong democracy, and sustainable infrastructure and environmental protection. And we translate that vision into a Legislative Agenda each session. We need allies in elected office who will help us fight for that vision.

Three statewide races will be voted on at the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention on Saturday, June 2nd (one month from today). Earlier this year, we asked candidates to fill out our comprehensive policy questionnaire (see below), and our chapters around the state held forums to get to know the candidates better. Over the past two weeks, we asked our members for their recommendation in each of the three races, and we set a high threshold of 60% to make sure that we have a strong consensus before getting involved in a race.


(Note: This page was updated in October 2018 to include post-primary endorsements of Senator Elizabeth Warren and AG Maura Healey.)


Senator: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren needs no introduction, so let's get straight to what our members saying.

“Elizabeth Warren has been a champion in Washington for all in a very dark and scary time in U.S politics. Her voice, her actions and her persistence are needed now more than ever.”

“MA voters should know that Senator Warren has our back.” 

“Senator Warren is a leader for government of the people, by the people and for the people. She stands up to wealthy corporations (who are not people) and the oligarchs who are continuing to strangle democracy in the United States.”

Governor: Jay Gonzalez

At Saturday’s MA Republican Convention, Republican Governor Charlie Baker showed--yet again--how he isn’t that different from his Republican friends in Washington.

In his convention speech, Baker touted his support for a Trumpian mass deportation agenda, racist and misguided policies that have fueled mass incarceration, and a vision for the state that leaves behind the most underserved communities so that millionaires and billionaires have the money to buy their sixth private jet.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker has fought to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, promoted the development of new dirty fossil fuel pipelines across the state, and attacked the unions and public services that make our state strong.

We can do better. We need to do better.

We need allies in the Corner Office who believe in building upon past health care reforms to build a truly universal single payer health care system, in fighting for workers and supporting a $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave, in crafting a fair tax system, in transitioning our economy away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy, in investing in the public education and public transit systems that are the bedrocks of our economy, in taking additional steps to reform our criminal justice system, in making Massachusetts a state where immigrants and families can live their lives without the daily fear of deportation, in making sure all Massachusetts residents are treated with dignity and respect, and in ensuring that our democracy is one in which all voices are heard and not drowned out by big money.

We are proud to endorse Jay Gonzalez for Governor.

Here’s what some of our members said about Jay:

"Jay Gonzalez has the experience, knowledge and understanding about state government to implement and enact our vision for our future." -- Caroline

"I’m so excited to support Jay Gonzalez! Too often, we face mediocre leadership in Massachusetts. I’m all in to unseat Charlie Baker this fall, and Jay is the progressive voice to beat Baker. From early education to gender equity and transportation to safe communities, he brings the leadership and vision the Commonwealth needs." -- Denise

“As the former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Deval Patrick and a successful healthcare CEO, Jay Gonzalez has the necessary experience to both do the job well and effectively critique the poor management performance of our do nothing Governor Charlie Baker. But most importantly Jay is genuine and present with people and will represent ALL the people of Massachusetts with compassion and love.” -- Susan K

Lieutenant Governor: Quentin Palfrey

A progressive Governor needs a progressive Lieutenant Governor to serve as an ally, someone who can be an effective liaison to the Legislature and to the cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

We are proud to endorse Quentin Palfrey for Lieutenant Governor.

Here’s what some of our members said about Quentin:

“Quentin Palfrey has a great mix of energy and experience, and would make a fantastic Lt. Gov. He is a strong organizer with the right priorities of health care and inequality.” -- Andrew

“Quentin Palfrey's laser focused on the single most important issue facing Massachusetts: tackling income inequality to make a more fair society.” -- Bryan

Secretary of the Commonwealth: Josh Zakim

At the Massachusetts Democratic convention one month from today, there will be another race up for a vote: Secretary of the Commonwealth. This race can often fly under the radar, but it is an important one, with power over election administration, campaign finance, public records, and even the census.

In Attorney General Maura Healey, we have a statewide official who takes on a leadership role and sets an example for other states. We need a Secretary who will exhibit such bold, progressive leadership as well.

We are proud to endorse Josh Zakim for Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Here’s what our members are saying about Josh:

"Josh Zakim brings a fresh perspective along with a passion for modernizing our democratic institutions to expand participation and transparency." -- Ziba

“Massachusetts’ election laws & public records laws are out-of-date, lagging behind many less progressive states. While other states laws were updated to improve citizens’ access to their government—MA laws vigorously reinforce the status quo. It's time for the fresh leadership that Josh Zakim will bring.” -- Lisa


Attorney General: Maura Healey

Our members voted to endorse Maura Healey four years. In the four years since, she has continued to impress with her committed advocacy for LGBTQ rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, environmental protection, and corporate accountability. A true People's Attorney, she's been one of the most vocal and most active attorneys general in the country at suing the Trump administration (not that she wasn't doing great work before).

We are proud to endorse Maura Healey for Attorney General.

Here's what our members are saying about Maura:

“Absolutely the people's attorney... She is a great watchdog for the people and a great bull dog against President Trump and his policies.”

“Maura Healey has been in the forefront of the resistance to the Trump administrating since the first day.”

“Among the leaders in holding pharmaceutical manufacturers accountable for the opioid crisis.”





Dates to Know


  • Mass Dems Caucuses: Saturday, February 3, 2018, to Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Mass Dems Convention: Friday, June 1, 2018 - Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Primary: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • General: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Meet the Candidates

Governor's Race 🗳


Print out and bring with you to meetings, events, other opportunities for issue-and candidate engagement. 

PDFs are hypertext navigable (on handheld devices, best results with the Adobe pdf-viewer app).

Lt Governor's Race 🗳

Secretary of State Race 🗳

Our Endorsement Process

We believe it is important to get candidates on record, so we invited all candidates to fill out our comprehensive policy questionnaire (see above). Our chapters around the state held forums to get to meet the candidates and ask them even more questions.

We then invited our paid members to vote on whom, and whether, we should endorse. Members had the option of choosing to vote to endorse, vote to not endorse, or vote to abstain. Candidates needed at least 60% of all ballots submitted in their respective race to secure an endorsement.

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commented 2018-02-07 22:57:50 -0500 · Flag
Bob Massie 2018!
commented 2018-02-06 13:27:37 -0500 · Flag
Gonzalez nailed it
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