2002 Massachusetts elections

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 5, 2002 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2002 Massachusetts general election

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Part of the
2002 United States elections

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 17, 2002.

Governor & Lieutenant GovernorEdit

Republicans Mitt Romney and Kerry Healey were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Democratic candidates Shannon O'Brien and Chris Gabrieli, Green-Rainbow candidates Jill Stein and Tony Lorenzen, Libertarian candidates Carla Howell and Rich Aucoin, and independent candidates Barbara C. Johnson and Joe Schebel.

Secretary of the CommonwealthEdit

Democrat William F. Galvin was re-elected Secretary of the Commonwealth for a third term. He defeated Perennial candidate Jack E. Robinson III in the general election.

2002 Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William F. Galvin (incumbent) 1,472,562 73.97%  3.95
Republican Jack E. Robinson III 516,260 25.93%  0.76
Write-in All others 1,832 0.09%
Turnout 1,990,654
Democratic hold Swing

Attorney GeneralEdit

Democrat Thomas Reilly ran unopposed.

2002 Massachusetts Attorney General Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thomas Reilly (incumbent) 1,602,817 99.24%  32.47
Write-in All others 12,326 0.76%  0.65
Total votes 1,615,143 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing

Treasurer and Receiver-GeneralEdit

2002 Massachusetts Treasurer election
 
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Nominee Timothy P. Cahill Daniel Grabauskas James O'Keefe
Party Democratic Republican Green-Rainbow
Popular vote 1,040,281 848,904 163,559
Percentage 50.7% 41.3% 8.0%

Treasurer and Receiver-General before election

Shannon O'Brien
Democratic

Elected Treasurer and Receiver-General

Timothy P. Cahill
Democratic

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

2002 Democratic primary for Treasurer[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Timothy P. Cahill 226,505 35.79%
Democratic Jim Segel 153,940 24.33%
Democratic Stephen J. Murphy 135,612 21.43%
Democratic Michael P. Cahill 116,737 18.45%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Dan Grabauskas, Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles
  • Bruce A. Herzfelder, businessman

ResultsEdit

2002 Republican primary for Treasurer[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Grabauskas 110,690 53.19%
Republican Bruce A. Herzfelder 96,851 46.54%
Write-in All others 560 0.27%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

2002 Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Timothy P. Cahill 1,040,281 50.66%
Republican Daniel Grabauskas 848,904 41.34%
Green-Rainbow James O'Keefe 163,559 7.96%
Write-in All others 830 0.04%
Total votes 2,053,574 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing

AuditorEdit

Democrat A. Joseph DeNucci was re-elected Auditor. He defeated Libertarian Kamal Jain and Independent John James Xenakis.

2002 Massachusetts Auditor Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic A. Joseph DeNucci (incumbent) 1,456,880 77.96%
Independent John James Xenakis 277,974 14.87% N/A
Libertarian Kamal Jain 133,997 7.17%
Write-in All others 2,065 0.11%
Turnout 1,868,851
Democratic hold Swing

United States SenatorEdit

Democratic incumbent John Kerry was re-elected over his Libertarian challenger Michael Cloud.

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

Massachusetts SenateEdit

see 2002 Massachusetts Senate election [3]

Massachusetts House of RepresentativesEdit

see 2002 Massachusetts House election [3]

Governor's CouncilEdit

See 2002 Massachusetts Governor's Council election

Ballot measuresEdit

There were three statewide ballot questions, all initiatives, which the Massachusetts voters voted on this election. There were also various local ballot questions around the state.

Number Title Type Subject Result (exludes blank ballots)[4] Ref.
Question 1 Eliminating State Personal Income Tax Initiative Petition Taxes  N Failed (48%–40%) [5]
Question 2 English Language Education in Public Schools Initiative Petition Education  Y Passed (61%–29%) [6]
Question 3 Taxpayer Funding for Political Campaigns Advisory Question Taxes, Elections  N Failed (66%–23%) [7]

Question 1Edit

Abolishing the state income tax. A law to eliminate any state personal income tax for income or other gain realized on or after July 1, 2003.[8]

Question 1: Abolishing the state income tax
Candidate Votes % ±
Yes 885,683 45.3%
No 1,069,467 54.7%

Question 2Edit

English Language Education in Public Schools Initiative: Abolishing bilingual education and replacing it with a one-year program of rapid English immersion. A law that would require that, with limited exceptions, all public-school children must be taught all subjects in English.[9]

Question 2: Abolishing bilingual education [10]
Candidate Votes % ±
Yes 1,359,935 67.98%
No 640,525 32.02%

Question 3Edit

Taxpayer funding for Clean Elections. A non-binding question relative to the funding of political campaigns for public office.[11]

Question 3: Taxpayer funding for Clean Elections
Candidate Votes % ±
No 1,462,435 73.87%
Yes 517,285 26.13%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - MA Treasurer - D Primary Race - Sep 17, 2002".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - MA Treasurer - R Primary Race - Sep 17, 2002".
  3. ^ a b State Election 2002: Candidates for Election (PDF), Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, retrieved August 31, 2020
  4. ^ "Statewide Ballot Questions — Statistics by Year: 2002". sec.state.ma.us. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "2002 Information For Voters – QUESTION 1: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition". sec.state.ma.us. 2002. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "2002 Information For Voters – QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition". sec.state.ma.us. 2002. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "2002 Information For Voters – QUESTION 3: Non-binding Advisory Question". sec.state.ma.us. 2002. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "News and Features | Voter s guide to statewide ballot questions". Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2010-07-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - Question 2 - English Only Schools Race - Nov 05, 2002".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2010-07-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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