Candidates for statewide office, 2014
7/16/2014, 1:05 p.m.
Charlie Baker, 57, was raised in Needham. He attended public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He earned an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He resides in Swampscott with his wife Lauren and three children: Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.
Baker’s plan includes improving upon jobs, schools and communities within the commonwealth. He plans to make state government more affordable, accountable and business friendly, make sure schools ensure opportunity for every child by closing the achievement gap and also make sure state government can partner with cities and towns to ignite their communities and create jobs.
Donald Berwick, 67, of Moodus, Connecticut obtained his B.A. from Harvard College, where he graduated summa cum laude.
He has called Massachusetts home for decades – first as a student, then as a pediatrician, a teacher, and a CEO. Don and his wife Ann reside in Newton.
Berwick is running for Governor because he believes Massachusetts should recommit to passing the moral test—to a government guided by the progressive values of social justice, equality and compassion.
Martha Coakley, born and raised in North Adams, was part of the first female class to attend Williams College, and received her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. Coakley lives in Medford with her husband, retired police Deputy Superintendent Thomas F. O’Connor, Jr., and their Labradors, Jackson and Jefferson.
Coakley has been a national leader in addressing the economic crisis by holding big banks accountable and keeping people in their homes, protected civil rights as the first Attorney General to successfully challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, tackled fraud and corruption, championed major initiatives to address the costs of health care and energy, and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars back for the Commonwealth’s taxpayers. Coakley is a passionate advocate for public safety, bringing justice to victims of crime and their families while implementing innovative prevention programs in our schools and communities.
Evan Falchuk, 44, is a successful entrepreneur. Falchuk earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Lehigh University, where he earned his B.A. in History. He served for 13 years on the executive leadership team of Boston-based global health care company Best Doctors, Inc. He played a lead role in helping grow the company, named to Inc. Magazine’s list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America, from nine employees to over 600.
Falchuk led Massachusetts citizens in launching Massachusetts’ new United Independent Party. On June 23, 2014, Evan became the first candidate to earn a slot on the November 2014 Election Ballot, as the United Independent Party candidate for Governor. Falchuk’s vision for this new third party is based on the principles most of us share: Everyone is equal, everyone’s civil rights must be protected – AND the Commonwealth must spend taxpayer money wisely.
Mark Fisher was born in 1958 and grew up in Westfield. He graduated from Hartford State Technical College in 1979 with an A.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology. He is the owner of Merchant’s Fabrication in Auburn, a metal manufacturing facility. Today he resides in Shrewsbury with wife Margaret Mary O’Brien.