Gale D. Candaras

Gale D. Candaras (born January 1, 1949) was a Democratic member of the Massachusetts Senate from 2006 to 2014, representing the First Hampden and Hampshire District. She is an attorney and a former five-term member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she served as a Division Leader.

Gale D. Candaras
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Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the First Hampden and Hampshire district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 6, 2015
Preceded byBrian Lees
Succeeded byEric Lesser
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Arthur Wolf
ResidenceWilbraham, Massachusetts
Alma materTeaneck High School
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Western New England University School of Law

Candaras was born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, graduating from Teaneck High School in 1967. She attended Fairleigh Dickinson University (where she graduated magna cum laude), and, in 1983, she graduated from Western New England College School of Law with a Juris Doctor.[1] After law school, Senator Candaras worked for the Equity Trading and Arbitrage Division at Goldman Sachs in New York City. She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In 1987, she moved to Wilbraham, where she practiced law and held positions on the Town planning board and finance committee and served for six years on the Board of Selectmen before being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1996. She was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 2006. Senator Candaras served the First Hampden and Hampshire District, which covered her hometown of Wilbraham, a portion of the City of Springfield, the Towns of Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Ludlow, Granby, Hampden, Belchertown, and a portion of the City of Chicopee.

In February 2012, Senator Candaras was appointed by Senate President Therese Murray to chair the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. She also served as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and sits on the Joint Committees on Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Transportation as well as the Senate Committees on Post Audit and Oversight, Ways and Means, and Global Warming and Climate Change. She has previously served as Chair of the Joint Committees on Revenue and Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Candaras announced a run for Hampden County Register of Probate in January 2014, and did not seek re-election to her Senate seat.[2] On November 4, 2014, she was defeated by Suzanne Seguin by 278 votes.[3]

She is married to Arthur Wolf, a professor at Western New England University School of Law and former attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and staff attorney to Congressman Father Robert Drinan. Candaras has one son.

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  1. ^ Biography Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Gale M. Candaras. Accessed September 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "After 17 years in Massachusetts Legislature, state Sen. Gale Candaras announces run to become next Hampden County register of probate". 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ "State Sen. Gale Candaras won't seek recount in Hampden County Register of Probate race". 7 November 2014.

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