The Massachusetts Republican Party has confirmed with Red Mass Group that a full slate of state-wide candidates will qualify for the ballot for the first time since 1998. Despite a report by the Boston Globe all candidates have enough certified signatures to qualify for the ballot, including Brian Herr for U.S. Senate and John Miller for Attorney General.
In addition to the candidates mentioned above, the Republican Party will field two candidates for Governor – Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher, one candidate for Lieutenant Governor – Karyn Polito, one candidate for Treasurer – Mike Heffernan, one candidate for Secretary of State – David D’Arcangelo, and the candidate who crossed the signature threshold first – Patricia Saint Aubin for Auditor.
Massachusetts Republican Party Spokeswoman Emmalee Kalbach was excited at the prospects of a full slate, “our terrific slate of candidates are leaders within their community and respective industries. Many of our candidates are newcomers to politics, none are career politicians. Our candidates will be able to provide extensive management experience which is sorely lacking in our State.”
Frank Addivinola, according to sources has not yet met the 10,000 signature threshold. In addition the State Party contends that he is not qualified to be on the ballot as he did not place his name in nomination at the convention.
The last time Massachusetts had a full slate of candidates pre-primary was 1998. In 2010 the party had a full slate of candidates in the general election, but Jim McKenna waged a successful write in campaign for the Attorney General Nomination.