As Gov. Charlie Baker works to maintain his post and earn a second, four-year term, he has a primary election opponent, Scott Lively, and others across the aisle — Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie — are seeking the chance to take Baker on in the November general election.
Primary voters are also facing a choice in the fiery battle for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state between incumbent Bill Galvin and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, with Republican Anthony Amore running unopposed.
Two Democrats are seeking the party nomination for lieutenant governor, Quentin Palfrey and Jimmy Tingle. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito is running unopposed on the primary ticket for the Republican nod.
And while Democratic incumbent Attorney General Maura Healey is running unopposed for her party’s nomination, Republicans have a choice between Cape Cod attorney James “Jay” McMahon III and Hingham attorney Dan Shores in the primary election.
Here’s a who’s who of the candidates:
Gov. Charlie Baker
Background: The incumbent candidate, Baker was elected in 2014. He previously served as the head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and served in the administrations of former Govs. Paul Cellucci and William Weld as a human services secretary and budget chief. He received the Republican party endorsement in April.
Background: A pastor and attorney, Lively first ran for governor in 2014 as an independent candidate. He is a pro-life and anti-gay activist — and previously ran a dispute resolution center, a law partnership, and a non-profit public interest firm in California, according to his campaign website.
Background: The former president and CEO of CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families, Gonzalez served in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration as the secretary of administration and finance. He has also served as chairman of the board for the Massachusetts Health Connector and as co-chairman of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. He received his party’s endorsement in June.
Background: An entrepreneur and environmentalist, Massie most recently led the University of Massachusetts Sustainable Solutions Lab. Massie is also an ordained Episcopal priest and founder of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Coalition. He ran for lieutenant governor in 1994 and for U.S. Senate in 2011.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito
Background: Elected alongside Baker in 2014, Polito is the incumbent candidate. She previously served five terms as a state representative from the 11th Worcester District and as a selectman in Shrewsbury, where her family real estate development company is based.
Background: Palfrey was a senior adviser for jobs and competitiveness for former President Barack Obama and the deputy general counsel for strategic initiatives at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was recently the executive director of MIT’s poverty lab, J-PAL North America. Palfrey is the party’s endorsed candidate.
Background: An entrepreneur, actor, writer, and comedian, Tingle is the founder and CEO of Humor for Humanity, which uses entertainment to help raise funding and awareness for social causes, charities, and nonprofits. He has also worked as a satirist and regular contributor for MSNBC and as a commentator for “60 Minutes II” on CBS.
Secretary of State
Background: Amore is the director of security and chief investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A Swampscott town meeting member and author, he previously served as an officer in the U.S. Immigration Service, a Federal Aviation Administration’s Security Division special agent, and as a U.S. Department of Homeland Security assistant federal security director.
Secretary of State Bill Galvin
Background: Galvin was first elected as secretary of state in 1994. As an undergraduate student in 1972, he served as an aide to the Massachusetts Governor’s Council before being elected as the Allston-Brighton district state representative. Galvin was the Democratic nominee for state treasurer in 1990.
Background: Elected in 2013, Zakim is the Boston city councilor for District 8 and currently chairs the council’s Committee on Civil Rights. The son of Boston civil rights leader Leonard Zakim, Josh Zakim, an attorney, previously worked for Greater Boston Legal Services and for the law firm, Mintz Levin. Zakim received the Democratic party endorsement in June.
James “Jay” McMahon III
Background: An attorney, McMahon has been practicing civil and criminal law for 30 years. In the 1970s, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Massachusetts Army National Guard Military Police and later worked in the private sector, his website said. McMahon received his party’s endorsement in April.
Background: Shores is the founder of a Boston-based intellectual property law firm. He previously worked as a litigator in Washington, D.C., law firms and ran in 2014 as a Republican for the 9th Congressional District.
Attorney General Maura Healey
Background: Healey was first elected attorney general in 2014 and is seeking a second term. A former professional basketball player, she also directed the attorney general’s office’s civil rights division, public protection and advocacy bureau, and business and labor bureau and served as a Middlesex Country prosecutor.