Here’s how some Mass. newspapers are endorsing candidates in key races

Bay State newspapers have weighed in on a few of the most heated primary elections.

Michael Capuano and Ayanna Pressley

Massachusetts voters will head to the ballot box on Tuesday, Sept. 4, to nominate Democrats and Republicans in a wide variety of — and a few very competitive — primary elections.

But before then, some of the Bay State’s newspapers have taken to their opinion pages to write out their views on who voters will find on the primary ballots in key races.

Here’s what they’ve had to say:

Secretary of State

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim is taking on six-term incumbent Secretary Bill Galvin in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary. Republican Anthony Amore is running unopposed in the primary election.

Bay Windows

Candidate endorsed: Zakim

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What they wrote: “In 2014, The Boston Globe ran an article about Secretary of State Bill Galvin headlined ‘Secretary of State regularly keeps government records secret.’

“Galvin has been in office since 1995 and has had plenty of time to make progress on these issues. He hasn’t. It is time to give someone else a shot.”

Read the full editorial.

The Boston Globe

Candidate endorsed: Galvin

What they wrote: “Yes, Galvin has held the post for a long time. But in an office with diverse and important responsibilities, he has run an efficient, effective, continually modernizing, scandal-free operation.

“As the first secretary of state to confront both the promise and peril of the digital age, he has struck an appropriate balance between pursuing the voter conveniences made possible by the Internet and the necessary safeguards for the election process.”

Read the full editorial.

The Boston Herald

Candidate endorsed: Zakim

What they wrote: “Bill Galvin has been the secretary of state for 24 years. He’s closing out his sixth term. Generational change is needed in the secretary of state’s office, which oversees the regulation of public information, record-keeping and elections. The day-to-day responsibilities also include storing historical data, preserving historical sites, registering corporations and the overall maintenance of public records.

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“Josh Zakim will have challenges ahead of him in his role if he is elected, but he has shown an ability and proclivity to learn and adapt. His willingness and eagerness to engage with the media will serve the public well.”

Read the full editorial.

The Lowell Sun 

Candidate endorsed: Galvin

What they wrote: “Zakim has tried to dredge up decades-old votes taken by Galvin to show he’s not in step with the progressive agenda his young challenger espouses. In truth, Zakim seems more interested in issues that have nothing to do with the duties of the office that he seeks.

“With a pivotal mid-term election in November and a presidential election in 2020, we say stick with the experienced hand and vote for Secretary of State Bill Galvin in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary.”

Read the full editorial.

The Republican

Candidate endorsed: Galvin

What they wrote: “In short, this is no place for on-the-job training. A Boston City Council member who has run a hard-hitting campaign, Zakim has brought a presence that has raised awareness of this office’s important role in state government.

“It’s also spotlighted how much the 2020 election and the census demand a proven, honest and experienced hand, especially with automatic voter registration coming to reality. William Galvin has offered that service for 24 years.”

Read the full editorial.

The Standard-Times

Candidate endorsed: Zakim

What they wrote: “For the first time in a long time, the citizens of Massachusetts have a real choice in the election for the next secretary of state.

“The voters should choose the candidate who has a strong record of advocacy for the rights of the public and has based his campaign on that: Josh Zakim.”

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Read the full editorial.

U.S. Senate

Although Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren is not facing a primary election challenger, others have lined up in the competition for the Republican nomination in the primary election, including Geoff Diehl, John Kingston, and Beth Lindstrom. Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai will also face Warren in the November general election.

The Boston Globe 

Candidate endorsed: Lindstrom

What they wrote: “Lindstrom, a former executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party, former director of the State Lottery, director of consumer affairs and business regulation during the Romney administration, and manager of the successful 2010 Scott Brown Senate campaign, knows this state and its voters better than either of her opponents possibly could.

“She also has staked out a reasonable position on Trumpian politics that would serve her well in a general election.”

Read the full editorial.

The Boston Herald 

Candidate endorsed: Diehl

What they wrote: “State Rep. Geoff Diehl has proven to be an indefatigable defender of the taxpayer, building coalitions and listening to his constituents.

“As evidenced by his political career so far, there is no fight he won’t join in his advocacy for the hardworking people of the Bay State, and that is why he is the optimal choice to be the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.”

Read the full editorial.

The Lowell Sun

Candidate endorsed: Lindstrom

What they wrote: “The Groton resident has demonstrated the ability and the temperament that could finally give Massachusetts a senator willing to put incendiary partisan politics aside and work in the best interests of the state and nation.

“Though making her first run at elected office, Lindstrom’s professional background includes the right mix of political experience, managerial success, and the willingness to act independently.”

Read the full editorial.

3rd Congressional District

While Republicans have one candidate, Rick Green running in the primary election, Democrats have a field of 10 candidates all vying for a chance to face Green in the November general election and succeed outgoing Rep. Niki Tsongas.

The Boston Globe

Candidate endorsed: Lori Trahan

What they wrote: “If elected, Trahan says she would seek an assignment on the bread-and-butter education and workforce committee. (She also says she would seek to follow Tsongas by serving on the Armed Services Committee.)

“To her credit, Trahan hasn’t overpromised on the campaign trail: Democratic partisans want pledges to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement and enact single-payer health care, but Trahan says she wants to work for more achievable goals, like lowering health care costs and ‘radically transforming’ ICE. ‘I call myself a pragmatic progressive,’ she said. ‘I’m mindful of what’s possible.'”

Read the full editorial.

The Boston Herald 

Candidate endorsed: Lori Trahan

What they wrote: “She is a progressive by ideology but does not conform to every radical trend. Though she does believe there is a need for comprehensive immigration reform, she also recognizes the necessity for “border security and shoring up our borders just like every other country in the world has done.”

“Trahan is also very even-keeled on the ongoing investigations into President Trump and, unlike so many, is not hyperventilating and calling for his impeachment. ‘I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. I’m a firm believer in Congress’ role in oversight of anybody who’s in the White House,’ she said.”

Read the full editorial.

7th Congressional District

Incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano and challenger Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley will face off next week in a race that has picked up interest from around the country. There are no Republican candidates.

Bay Windows

Candidate endorsed: Capuano

What they wrote: “Representative Michael E. Capuano has been a defender of the LGBTQ community since his election in 1998 and enjoys the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, where he has earned a 100 percent rating for pro-equality votes.

“Capuano deserves to be re-elected to continue his fight against anti-LGBTQ attacks from the Trump Administration.”

Read the full editorial.

The Boston Globe

Candidate endorsed: Pressley

What they wrote: “Pressley has…been a strong champion for women and girls, and for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking. Those voices are often absent in Congress — a deficit Pressley would help fix.

“Voters might be hesitant to move on from Capuano after his years of experience and the seniority he has accumulated in Congress. But Pressley is a proven advocate with an understanding of the needs of the district, and she would be a fresh voice in Congress.”

Read the full editorial.

The Boston Guardian

Candidate endorsed: Capuano

What they wrote: “Both are progressives with little discernible ideological differences. Capuano has a track record and seniority in Congress. Pressley, regrettably, has only espoused generalities and the need for a new face.

“Like it or not, Washington will continue to be a war zone. As we choose our soldiers for combat, do voters want a battle tested, experienced veteran who knows combat or a fresh recruit from basic training? We want Capuano to be our warrior.”

Read the full editorial.

The Boston Herald

Candidate endorsed: Pressley

What they wrote: “Though her opponent, Mike Capuano, is a Somerville guy through and through, he has spent the past 20 years in Washington, D.C. Ayanna Pressley has been in her district and there is value in being rooted among the people she will represent.

“She has all the #resist bona fides that one would expect of a progressive Democrat representing Massachusetts, but she is also sternly pragmatic and indicated she would work with President Trump on some issues, such as infrastructure and primarily criminal justice reform. ‘I can work with anyone in the name of progress,’ she said.”

Read the full editorial.

The South End News

Candidate endorsed: Pressley

What they wrote: “The Seventh is a minority majority district, yet when it comes to who votes, it’s not. 55 percent of the registered voters in the district are white. The reasons for low minority voter registration are many, but one is the lack of visible representation. Electing Ayanna Pressley, the first African American woman elected to the Boston City Council would energize the district.

“Incumbent Representative Michael E. Capuano has served the South End well, but Pressley is both of the district and for the district.”

Read the full editorial.

 

Correction: DigBoston did not endorse candidates in these races, but the paper did issue individual endorsements.