Special Elections

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What is a Special Election?

Special elections are held to fill vacancies in House and Senate seats. Elections are called by the respective chambers, with the filing dates for nomination papers subsequently set by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. OCPF sets the campaign finance reporting schedule after notification by the Secretary.

Candidates in special legislative elections have three reporting periods for the election cycle:

  • A Pre-Primary reporting period: deposit reports are due for each deposit made between the pre-primary period's starting date and ending date (18 days before the primary);
  • A Pre-Election period: deposit reports are due 8 days before the special election, starting the day after the pre-primary ending date through 10 days prior to the due date (18 days before the special election); and
  • A Post-Election period: deposit reports are due 30 days after the special election and complete through 10 days prior to the due date (20 days after the special election).

Expenditures made by the candidate are reported by the candidate's designated depository bank by the 5th of each month, covering the entire previous month, i.e. January's report is due by February 5th and covers January 1st through the 31st.

If a candidate maintains a committee or has money or liabilities outstanding after the Post Election report, he or she must file a year-end report covering the subsequent activity as well as in-kind contributions received through this election cycle.

2020 MAYORAL: Gardner

Gardner

To fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Mayor Mark Hawke.

Special Primary Election: June 2, 2020
Special (Final) Election: June 30, 2020
Reporting Period Due Date Late Contribution Reporting Period
Pre-Primary Period 1/1/2020 through 5/15/2020 5/26/2020 5/16/2020 through 5/29/2020
Pre-Election Period 5/16/2020 through 6/12/2020 6/22/2020 6/13/2020 through 6/26/2020
Post-Election Period 6/13/2020 through 7/20/2020 7/30/2020 -
Totals include reported activity with dates between the pre-primary period's starting date and the post-election period's ending date. Expenditures are reported by the candidate's depository bank. Contributions are reported by the candidate via deposit reports. In-kind contributions are not included in the total until a year-end report covering the period is filed.
Candidate Party Affiliation Winner? Contributions reported to date Expenditures reported to date Cash On Hand
17450 Cordeiro, Scott $1,700.00 $1,493.82 $0.00 (as of 9/30/2020)
15441 Graves, Scott J. $2,880.00 $2,650.06 $2.44 (as of 9/30/2020)
17453 Johnson, Christine $1,445.00 $1,032.06 $572.33 (as of 9/30/2020)
17403 Nicholson, Michael J. $11,430.00 $12,595.63 $384.77 (as of 9/30/2020)

2020 HOUSE: 3rd Bristol

Easton, Pct. 6; Taunton, Ward 1, Pct.2; Ward 3, Pct. A; Wards 5, 7-9

To fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Shaunna L. O’Connell.

Special Primary Election: March 3, 2020
Special (Final) Election: June 2, 2020
Reporting Period Due Date Late Contribution Reporting Period
Pre-Primary Period 1/1/2020 through 2/14/2020 2/24/2020 2/15/2020 through 2/28/2020
Pre-Election Period 2/15/2020 through 5/15/2020 5/26/2020 5/16/2020 through 5/29/2020
Post-Election Period 5/16/2020 through 6/22/2020 7/2/2020 -
Totals include reported activity with dates between the pre-primary period's starting date and the post-election period's ending date. Expenditures are reported by the candidate's depository bank. Contributions are reported by the candidate via deposit reports. In-kind contributions are not included in the total until a year-end report covering the period is filed.
Candidate Party Affiliation Winner? Contributions reported to date Expenditures reported to date Cash On Hand
17413 Doherty, Carol Democratic $32,381.00 $32,351.02 $7,186.83 (as of 9/30/2020)
17425 Dooner, Kelly Republican $25,614.15 $25,015.41 $4,406.90 (as of 9/30/2020)
17400 Nazir, Muzammil Democratic $13,515.98 $13,516.25 $0.00 (as of 6/30/2020)

2020 HOUSE: 37th Middlesex

Harvard; Lunenburg, Pcts. A, C, D

To fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Jennifer E. Benson.

Special Primary Election: March 3, 2020
Special (Final) Election: June 2, 2020
Reporting Period Due Date Late Contribution Reporting Period
Pre-Primary Period 1/1/2020 through 2/14/2020 2/24/2020 2/15/2020 through 2/28/2020
Pre-Election Period 2/15/2020 through 5/15/2020 5/26/2020 5/16/2020 through 5/29/2020
Post-Election Period 5/16/2020 through 6/22/2020 7/2/2020 -
Totals include reported activity with dates between the pre-primary period's starting date and the post-election period's ending date. Expenditures are reported by the candidate's depository bank. Contributions are reported by the candidate via deposit reports. In-kind contributions are not included in the total until a year-end report covering the period is filed.
Candidate Party Affiliation Winner? Contributions reported to date Expenditures reported to date Cash On Hand
17377 Chastain, Malena M. Republican $6,635.20 $2,736.96 $4,385.43 (as of 9/30/2020)
17432 Clark, Catherine Republican $15,184.00 $7,564.41 $3,560.36 (as of 9/30/2020)
17423 Samfield, Dina Democratic $10,873.64 $16,044.67 $2,262.68 (as of 9/30/2020)
17439 Sena, Danillo Democratic $40,613.75 $39,513.25 $7,886.15 (as of 9/30/2020)

2020 SENATE: 2nd Hampden & Hampshire

Chicopee, Wd. 7; Wd. 8, Pct. A; Wd. 9, Pct. A; Holyoke; Westfield; Agawam; Granville; Montgomery; Russell; Southwick; Tolland; Easthampton; Southampton

To fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr..

Special Primary Election: March 3, 2020
Special (Final) Election: May 19, 2020
Reporting Period Due Date Late Contribution Reporting Period
Pre-Primary Period 1/1/2020 through 2/14/2020 2/24/2020 2/15/2020 through 2/28/2020
Pre-Election Period 2/15/2020 through 5/1/2020 5/11/2020 5/2/2020 through 5/15/2020
Post-Election Period 5/2/2020 through 6/8/2020 6/18/2020 -
Totals include reported activity with dates between the pre-primary period's starting date and the post-election period's ending date. Expenditures are reported by the candidate's depository bank. Contributions are reported by the candidate via deposit reports. In-kind contributions are not included in the total until a year-end report covering the period is filed.
Candidate Party Affiliation Winner? Contributions reported to date Expenditures reported to date Cash On Hand
17414 Cain, John F. Republican $25,724.28 $21,508.81 $4,265.07 (as of 9/30/2020)
15709 Velis, John Christopher Democratic $54,862.02 $88,556.13 $21,627.58 (as of 9/30/2020)

2020 SENATE: Plymouth & Barnstable

Kingston; Pembroke; Plymouth; Bourne; Falmouth; Sandwich

To fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Vinny M. deMacedo.

Special Primary Election: March 3, 2020
Special (Final) Election: May 19, 2020
Reporting Period Due Date Late Contribution Reporting Period
Pre-Primary Period 1/1/2020 through 2/14/2020 2/24/2020 2/15/2020 through 2/28/2020
Pre-Election Period 2/15/2020 through 5/1/2020 5/11/2020 5/2/2020 through 5/15/2020
Post-Election Period 5/2/2020 through 6/8/2020 6/18/2020 -
Totals include reported activity with dates between the pre-primary period's starting date and the post-election period's ending date. Expenditures are reported by the candidate's depository bank. Contributions are reported by the candidate via deposit reports. In-kind contributions are not included in the total until a year-end report covering the period is filed.
Candidate Party Affiliation Winner? Contributions reported to date Expenditures reported to date Cash On Hand
17415 Brown, Jesse G. Republican $57,462.77 $54,966.24 $889.53 (as of 9/30/2020)
17390 Coletta, Rebecca W. Democratic $14,992.50 $81,950.17 $1,592.41 (as of 6/30/2020)
15890 Mahoney, John T. Democratic $45,975.00 $48,633.65 $803.78 (as of 8/31/2020)
16785 McMahon, James Republican $109,598.00 $127,305.90 $10,477.64 (as of 9/30/2020)
17401 Moakley, Thomas Democratic $13,180.00 $45,623.48 $44.68 (as of 9/30/2020)
16505 Moran, Susan Democratic $111,111.06 $108,502.66 $19,288.90 (as of 9/30/2020)
15530 Palmer, Stephen Democratic $600.00 $1,811.72 $0.00 (as of 9/30/2020)

2020 HOUSE: 32nd Middlesex

MALDEN, Wd. 5, Pct. 2; MELROSE; Wakefield, Pcts. 4-6

To fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative Paul Brodeur.

Special Primary Election: February 4, 2020
Special (Final) Election: March 3, 2020
Reporting Period Due Date Late Contribution Reporting Period
Pre-Primary Period 1/1/2020 through 1/17/2020 1/27/2020 1/18/2020 through 1/31/2020
Pre-Election Period 1/18/2020 through 2/14/2020 2/24/2020 2/15/2020 through 2/28/2020
Post-Election Period 2/15/2020 through 3/23/2020 4/2/2020 -
Totals include reported activity with dates between the pre-primary period's starting date and the post-election period's ending date. Expenditures are reported by the candidate's depository bank. Contributions are reported by the candidate via deposit reports. In-kind contributions are not included in the total until a year-end report covering the period is filed.
Candidate Party Affiliation Winner? Contributions reported to date Expenditures reported to date Cash On Hand
17419 Helman, Mathew S. Democratic $3,532.00 $13,848.59 $638.94 (as of 9/30/2020)
17408 Lipper-Garabedian, Kate Democratic $25,243.00 $25,108.93 $11,436.70 (as of 9/30/2020)
17444 Reid, Brandon Republican $2,210.00 $2,198.80 $0.00 (as of 9/30/2020)
17426 Santos, Ann Democratic $3,000.00 $4,366.66 $6,730.21 (as of 9/30/2020)