Massachusetts general election, 2002

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A Massachusetts general election was held on November 5, 2002 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 17, 2002.

Statewide elections[edit]

United States Senator[edit]

Democratic incumbent John Kerry was re-elected over his Libertarian challenger Michael Cloud.

Governor & Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Republicans Mitt Romney and Kerry Healey were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Democratic candidates Shannon O'Brien and Chris Gabrieli, Green-Rainbow candidates Jill Stein and Tony Lorenzen, Libertarian candidates Carla Howell and Rich Aucoin, and independent candidates Barbara C. Johnson and Joe Schebel.

Attorney General[edit]

Democrat Thomas Reilly ran unopposed.

Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas Reilly 1,602,817 99.24%
Write-in 12,326 0.76%
Turnout 1,615,143
Democratic hold Swing

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Democrat William F. Galvin was re-elected Secretary of the Commonwealth for a third term. He defeated Perennial candidate Jack E. Robinson III in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic William F. Galvin 1,472,562 73.97%
Republican Jack E. Robinson III 516,260 25.93%
Write-in 1,832 0.09%
Turnout 1,990,654
Democratic hold Swing

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Timothy P. Cahill was elected Treasurer and Receiver-General. He defeated Jim Segel, Stephen J. Murphy, and Michael P. Cahill in the Democratic primary and Daniel Grabauskas and James O'Keefe in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic primary, 2002 [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Timothy P. Cahill 226,505 35.79%
Democratic Jim Segel 153,940 24.33%
Democratic Stephen J. Murphy 135,612 21.43%
Democratic Michael P. Cahill 116,737 18.45%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Republican primary, 2002 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dan Grabauskas 110,690 53.19%
Republican Bruce A. Herzfelder 96,851 46.54%
Write-in 560 0.27
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Timothy P. Cahill 1,040,281 50.66
Republican Daniel Grabauskas 848,904 41.34
Green-Rainbow James O'Keefe 163,559 7.96
Write-in 830 0.04
Turnout 2,053,574
Democratic hold Swing


Democrat A. Joseph DeNucci was re-elected Auditor. He defeated Libertarian Kamal Jain and Independent John James Xenakis.

Massachusetts Auditor Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic A. Joseph DeNucci 1,456,880 77.96
Independent John James Xenakis 277,974 14.87
Libertarian Kamal Jain 133,997 7.17
Write-in 2,065 0.11
Turnout 1,868,851
Democratic hold Swing

District elections[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

see Massachusetts United States House election, 2002

State House of Representatives[edit]

see Massachusetts House election, 2002

State Senate[edit]

see Massachusetts Senate election, 2002

Governor's Council[edit]

See Massachusetts Governor's Council election, 2002

Ballot questions[edit]

There were three statewide ballot questions, all initiatives, which the Massachusetts voters voted on this election. There were also various local ballot questions around the state.

Statewide Questions:

  • Question 1 - Abolishing the state income tax. A law to eliminate any state personal income tax for income or other gain realized on or after July 1, 2003. [3]
  • Question 2 - Abolishing bilingual education and replacing it with a one-year program of rapid English immersion. A law that would require that, with limited exceptions, all public-school children must be taught all subjects in English. [4]
  • Question 3 - Taxpayer funding for Clean Elections. A non-binding question relative to the funding of political campaigns for public office. [5]
Question 1: Abolishing the state income tax
Candidate Votes % ±
Yes 885,683 45.3%
No 1,069,467 54.7%

Question 2: Abolishing bilingual education [6]
Candidate Votes % ±
Yes 1,359,935 67.98%
No 640,525 32.02%

Question 3: Taxpayer funding for Clean Elections
Candidate Votes % ±
Yes 1,462,435 73.87%
No 517,285 26.13%