The 1982 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1982. Michael Dukakis was elected to a second non-consecutive term. He beat RepublicanJohn W. Sears in the General election, after defeating Incumbent Governor Edward J. King in the Democratic primary.
Incumbent Lt. Governor Thomas P. O'Neill III did not run for re-election. Former Navy Lieutenant and anti-war activist John Kerry won a five way contest for the Democratic nomination. State Representative Leon Lombardi was the Republican nominee.