Few Challengers For Mass. Legislature

May 30, 2014 12:23 AM
Few Challengers For Mass. Legislature
" BOSTON (AP) — Candidates for nearly half of the seats in the 200-member Massachusetts Legislature are facing no opposition in this year’s election.

In the 40-member Senate, 20 incumbent lawmakers — the vast majority of them Democrats — have no challengers in both the primary and general elections. There are currently four Republicans in the Senate.

Among those senators facing no competition is Amherst Democrat Stanley Rosenberg, who is expected to replace Therese Murray as Senate president. Murray is not seeking re-election. Republican Senate leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester is also running unopposed.

In the 160-member House more than 70 candidates, most of them incumbent Democrats, are also facing no opposition in the primary or general elections, according to the state secretary’s office.

Many more incumbents in both chambers face no challengers in the Democratic and Republican primaries in September, giving them a clear path to the November general election.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, for example, is unopposed in the Democratic primary, but the Winthrop native will face Republican challenger — former Winthrop Town Meeting Member Paul Caruccio — in November.

Democrats already hold overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate "

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