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Massachusetts, State Senate, Worcester & Middlesex

Massachusetts State Senate Worcester & Middlesex District
Current incumbents Vacant
Population 158,087
Race 80.64% White, 3.76% Black, 2.67% Asian, 0.50% Other, 0.42% Native American, 0.26% Two or More Races, 0.04% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity 88.30% Non-Hispanic, 11.70% Hispanic
Next general election November 6, 2018

Massachusetts' Worcester & Middlesex state senate district is currently vacant. It was last represented by former Democratic Senator Jennifer Flanagan.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 158,087 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Worcester & Middlesex state senate district. Massachusetts state senators represent an average of 163,691 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 158,727 residents.

About the office

Members of the Massachusetts State Senate serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Massachusetts legislators assume office the first Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Article LXXI of the Massachusetts Constitution states: Every representative, for one year at least immediately preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen and shall cease to represent such district when he shall cease to be an inhabitant of the commonwealth.

Salaries

State legislators
Salary Per diem
$62,547.97/year No per diem is paid.

Vacancies

If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The election must be held on the next regularly scheduled date on the election calendar. Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.

Elections

2017

A special election for the position of Massachusetts State Senate Worcester & Middlesex District has been called for December 5, 2017. A primary election has been called for November 7, 2017. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was October 3, 2017.

The seat became vacant on August 31, 2017, when Jennifer Flanagan (D) resigned to join the state's Cannabis Control Commission.

Michael Mahan, Michael Kushmerek, and Susan Chalifoux Zephir will face off in the Democratic primary. Dean Tran is unopposed in the Republican primary. Claire Freda is running as an unenrolled candidate and Charlene DiCologero is running as a Green-Rainbow Party candidate.

2016

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate took place in 2016. The primary election took place on September 8, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was June 7, 2016.

Incumbent Jennifer Flanagan ran unopposed in the Massachusetts State Senate Worcester & Middlesex District general election.

Incumbent Jennifer Flanagan ran unopposed in the Massachusetts State Senate Worcester & Middlesex District Democratic Primary.

2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. No candidates qualified for either primary in the Worcester and Middlesex District. Incumbent Jennifer Flanagan (D) and Richard Bastien (R) ran successful sticker campaigns to gain ballot placement in the general election. Steven Cote and Aaron Arsenault ran in the general election as write-in candidates. Flanagan defeated Bastien, Cote and Arsenault in the general election.

Massachusetts State Senate Worcester & Middlesex District,
General Election, 2014, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes

Democratic Jennifer Flanagan Incumbent 57.6% 29,133

Republican Richard Bastien 37.7% 19,074

None Blank Votes 4.6% 2,333

None All Others 0.1% 27
Total Votes 50,567

2012

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 6, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 29, 2012. Incumbent Jennifer Flanagan (D) was unopposed in the general election and the Democratic primary.

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts State Senate Worcester & Middlesex District have raised a total of $94,314. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $94,314 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts State Senate Worcester & Middlesex District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $94,314 1 $94,314
Total $94,314 1 $94,314
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.