Women will probably win five of the six statewide executive positions in Massachusetts after last night’s primaries.
Why it matters: Massachusetts is poised to end up being the first state with a lady governor and lieutenant governor serving simultaneously.
What we’re watching: Attorney General Maura Healey (D) won the Democratic nomination for governor. If successful in November, she’ll function as the initial female elected governor of Massachusetts.
- Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll (D) won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, while former state Rep. Leah Cole Allen won the Republican nomination.
- Former Boston City Councilwoman Andrea Campbell (D) won the Democratic nomination in the open-seat contest for attorney general.
- Massachusetts State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D) won the Democratic nomination for state auditor.
- Deb Goldberg, hawaii treasurer, is running unopposed for reelection.
- Rayla Campbell (R) was unopposed for the Republican nomination the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Secretary of State William Francis Galvin (D).
The intrigue: Voters in three other states Republicans in Arkansas and Democrats in Oklahoma and Ohio nominated women for governor and lieutenant this season, in accordance with Rutgers Universitys Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP).
- Women currently hold three of the four statewide executive positions in Michigan.
Flashback: Michelle Wu was elected as Boston’s first woman mayor this past year and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) became the initial woman from Massachusetts to serve in the U.S. Senate when she was elected in 2012.
What they’re saying: While this isn’t entirely new, its definitely notable. Not merely are they a higher percentage of nominees however they may also be in contests where they’re favored to win. Its a spot of progress,” CAWP director of research Kelly Dittmar told Axios.
- “Massachusetts is breaking plenty of barriers and it’s really great to see,” Christina Reynolds, VP of communications at Emily’s List, told Axios.
- “I believe it will give a great example for women considering running and in addition for voters to remind them that women are absolutely great leaders.”