Governor

A summary of the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire can be found below. To see the complete answers of any of the candidates, click on the candidate's name.

Key:

  • n/a  = the candidate did not answer the question  
  • n/r = the candidate did not return a questionnaire
  • * = responded to primary questionnaire

 

Charlie Baker*

Martha Coakley*

Evan Falchuk

Scott Lively

Jeff McCormick
Party Republican Democrat United Independent Party Independent Independent

1. Concerned about the amount of money in elections

Yes

Close $15,000 loophole

Yes

Called for a People’s Pledge in this election

Support Disclosure law

Yes

Yes.

Publicize candidates’ positions.

Yes.

Close the $15,000 loophole. Align party and candidate caps.

Support public financing of elections?

For which offices?

Yes, current law

Yes

For Constitutional Officers

Yes

Support expansion to legislative campaigns

Yes, support current law.

Yes but we can’t afford to do it for legislators.

Support a constitutional amendment to allow limits on political spending?

n/a

Yes

Called for this as Attorney General

Yes

Yes

Yes

2. Bring about more transparency in government

Public posting of Legislative Committee Roll Call votes

More visibility of accounts

Publicly available performance standards for departments and programs

Train local officials to comply with Open Government Laws

Remove barriers

As Treasurer, I put Government checkbook on line

Streamline access to public records

Set goals for fast compliance

Establish Citizen Oversight Panel. Open all government documents.

Timely response to requests. Limit fees.

3. Support Election Day registration?

Anything other reforms?

n/a

Early Primaries

Change finance calendar

Yes

And same day registration, early voting and online registration

 

Yes

And early voting and online registration

Explore possibility of online voting

No.

Require Voter ID.  

Yes.

4. What to do about patronage?

Ethics training

Integrate Probation and Parole Departments

Public posting of jobs, hires (with qualifications)

Audit hiring practices

Review hiring practices

Treat citizens as customers deserving good service

Hired for competence at the Treasury

Hire on merit.

Audit hiring practices. Publicize information on all hires.

Any other issues?

n/a

n/a

n/a

   

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