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2006 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2006

← 2002 November 7, 2006 2010 →
Turnout56.23% Increase 0.94 [1]
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Kerry Healey, Mass GOP Chair.jpg
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Nominee Deval Patrick Kerry Healey Christy Mihos
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Running mate Tim Murray Reed V. Hillman John J. Sullivan
Popular vote 1,234,984 784,342 154,628
Percentage 55.6% 35.3% 7.0%

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Municipality results

Governor before election

Mitt Romney

Elected Governor

Deval Patrick

The Massachusetts gubernatorial election of 2006 was held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Republican governor Mitt Romney chose to not seek a second term, and the election was won by Democratic former United States Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick. Patrick became the second African-American governor in the United States since Reconstruction.

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  • ✪ Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Address | Harvard Commencement 2015


- So, good afternoon. Oh no, it's still morning. But we're thrilled to have you here. My name is Pat Cloonan and it is my extraordinary honor to serve as a dean at the School of Nursing & Health Studies and we really are absolutely thrilled to welcome you to this special lecture topic today that really connects in a very central way with the mission that all of us share as being part of this extraordinary university. Our speaker today, the Honorable Deval Patrick from the great state of Massachusetts. Ey, woo, woo, woo! And I discovered a New England Patriots fan. Oh come on, come on, come on. Help me out here, help me out here. He comes today as a guest faculty for our new course in social impact innovation that we're launching this semester as part of our executive master's in health systems administration through our school. And it's great to see the enthusiasm of our students for this topic. As from my perspective, it really shows us your desire to make your talents indelible and make a huge sustaining and impactful change on the incredible pressing and complicated problems of our healthcare delivery system today, both in the states as well as globally. So to you, our students, whom I can't really see but I know you're there, I really encourage you to use this opportunity for the conversation with Governor Patrick to explore your own passions and imaginations, to imagine new forms of civic engagement in innovation that contribute to solutions for the betterment of mankind. We believe that Georgetown, our university, is particularly well-suited for conversations such as these. While new technologies and innovations will make many of our current jobs and organizations obsolete in a few decades, the values framework that we strive to embed in our curricula will ensure that amidst all of the changes swirling around you that the core values that are embedded in so much of what we do at Georgetown will provide a compass for your future roles as leaders and decision makers. As I mentioned, our guest speaker today is the Honorable Deval Patrick who is the managing director of Bain & Company where he has led the development of the largest health-related social impact bond program, the Double Impact Fund. Governor Patrick began his law career at Harvard. He became a US assistant attorney general in 1994. He served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as its 71st governor for two terms, from 2007 to 2014. During his time at the State House, he led many initiatives of social change. He led the state through its comprehensive health care reform program that today, remains a bellwether for state led efforts. He advanced innovative educational programs and led the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. In addition to his roles as a legal scholar, business leader and politician, he's also an entrepreneur. He heads the organization Our Generation Speaks, a fellowship and startup incubator whose mission it is to bring young Israeli and Palestinian leaders together through entrepreneurship. Before I relinquish the podium, I really wanna take the opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful resources from the Beeck Center for Social Impact and to thank them for their support of our school's new innovation endeavors. Governor Patrick will engage in conversation with my colleague in the school, Dr. Greg Downing who leads our innovation course portfolio. Please help me offer a warm welcome to Governor Deval Patrick and thank him for sharing his insights today. (attendees applauding) - Thank you, thank you. - Governor Patrick, welcome. - Thank you. - This is quite an honor for all of us here. We've been following your developments in this space very, very closely and appreciate your time particularly with the students today. This is a course that many of them asked for and it really goes to the resolve of many of the millennials that we have today interested in creating culture change and social change for some of the really hard problems we have. - [Deval] And a few whose parents are millennials too. - There you go. So-- - Before we start. - Sure, sure. - Let me just thank you very much for the for the warm welcome. Pat, there she is. Thank you. And real sincere apologies to everybody. I try to be on time. I was in a car sent by you. And if you don't have a map, you cannot get around this campus. So we have been on the other side of town for most of the last half an hour trying to get here and I really apologize for keeping all of you waiting. And let me also invite, if I may, come on down close and let's have as much of a conversation as possible. I've taught in a lot of settings and people tend to sit as far away from the teacher as possible. I promise you I will not cold call you. But I wanna invite you to come down and make this as intimate as we can. - Thank you, thank you. And we have mics here and we'll have, the format is we're going to pitch some questions. It's not quite Shark Tank but you'll have an audience participation session for part of this and then for the students, you'll be able to meet the governor after this session. So the focus around our questions today. There are many things that we could discuss but we're really focused around your new work. The Double Impact Fund and this aspect of social impact investment, SIBs, Pay for Success, can be quite confusing in terms of the nomenclature and there's so many opportunities. But this is relatively new in the investment world and I wondered just from the standpoint of how you explain this to other audiences. How you explain how Double Impact works? - Okay, so let me break it down in terms of what we're doing just for clarity's sake. So I'm at Bain Capital where we have set up an impact investing fund. Think of it as a conventional private equity fund investing in middle-market companies where we can generate both a competitive financial return and measurable social or environmental impact. And our areas of focus are, broadly speaking, sustainability, health and wellness and something we're calling community building which is a place-based strategy and I can get more into that if you like. But we're taking mostly control positions in for-profit companies where there is a very mission-oriented entrepreneur. And what those entrepreneurs tell us is that they can attract capital because they're fast-growing company. But sometimes, they feel when they sell on, they sell out which is to say that they can attract the capital but they're not finding that capital partner interested in scaling their mission alongside their commercial prospect. I got interested in this space through social impact bonds which is something else. And I learned about them, or Pay for Success contracts. I learned about them when, in my old job, when the inventor, a guy named Sir Ronald Cohen out of the UK came through the United States and was introducing the concept of various sitting governors and mayors and so on. And I got jazzed about, does everybody know what social impact bonds are? More or less, some of you don't? Okay, shall I? - [Gregory] Please do. - Okay, you have to stop me because I'm not very good at sound bite. So you just have to say stop. - That's good. That's good. - So social impact bonds or Pay for Success contracts as they're sometimes called are device, generally speaking, we're private capital comes in alongside government to experiment with innovative solutions to public policy issues. And the idea is if there's a great idea to solve a problem or address a problem where you can generate some savings to the public fisc, you can experiment with private capital and prove it out and then the bondholders get paid from the savings. And once you have that proof point, you can go back to the legislature and try to scale it. The reason that's appealing is that just like in the private economy, I think we're hungry for innovation in public policy and successful innovation requires you raise your appetite for your tolerance for failure, but politics punishes failure, right? So it's really, really hard to do really new things in government as a substitute for what you used to do. What tends to happen is the new initiative comes in on top of the old one and you have these layers and layers of strategies and lots of constituencies behind each of the line items. So social impact bond is a way to innovate and experiment on the public policy side. And with things that work, you can then scale in the sort of in central government if you will. And we did two of the first in the country in my second term and it's early days but they're off to a good start. I can tell you more about those. - So these have been fairly successful tool in other dimensions in civil justice and environment and we're here to talk primarily about health care today and your two latest investments we'd love to hear more about. Where do you think this tool really fits with some of the complex issues that we're facing in healthcare today? - I'm not sure. I think that the, one of the things that is, at least philosophically appealing about social impact bonds is that it provides an opportunity for public and private interest to work together to solve a problem. And what I like about impact investing generally is that it's a challenge to the business community which in my view, has been sitting on the sidelines for a long time. To come in and be a part of addressing broad social challenges. In the healthcare space, which is just unbelievably complex to the point where I think there are some days where you wanna just start over or try something really new. I mean, for example, I'm really, really interested in ACOs, the Accountable Care Organizations which have been encouraged by the by the ACA. It's a very brave existing health care organization that is willing to make that transition. - Interesting risk-sharig models. - Very interesting risk-sharing models and some apprehension from the days of, what was called, capitation? - Yes. - So I get that history but I think that maybe that social impact bonds are an opportunity to try a new model, some fresh thinking and some fresh faces. We're looking at investing particularly in community based home healthcare. Organizations, again, for-profit in our case but where we can experiment with a lower cost, higher quality way of delivering, particularly long term care. - So can we talk a little bit, your fund, a relatively large investment fund that was launched last year, I believe, and you have two major investment areas. One in the Impact Fitness, I believe, and the other in SpringWork Therapeutics. Tell us how you put those together and what should we expect from them. - So great, first of all, I have to tell you how much I delight in your describing our fund as a large fund. We set out to raise $250 million. - [Gregory] You're an entrepreneur. - No, I totally get it. We set out to raise $250 million, we closed on 390 which for first fund to be that oversubscribed is a big deal. To me, that's a lot of money. At Bain Capital, it's quaint. It's charming. - [Gregory] You're so modest. - It's charming. But we wanted to start small and in relative terms, improve the model and scale from there. Impact Fitness was our first investment. It's a series of low-cost gyms in Michigan and in Northern Ohio that target so-called fitness deserts. Meaning places with there are high incidences of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, for example. and there isn't another alternative. And if you think, it turns out, you may know this that the sort of conventional economics of gyms is charged as much as possible and hope nobody comes. And this is the upside down of that, it's 10 bucks a month and it's driving utilization. And as we drive, so our objective in owning this, it's now by the way a Planet Fitness franchise. Our objective is to focus on, and as we expand, in those kinds of communities, very targeted. Increased utilization and to the point where we're looking at how we start to measure the number of times a week people get their heart rates down. We're talking with the local insurance providers about sharing that information as in exchange for their reducing premiums, that kind of thing. That's fine. And then the second one is a little out of our mandate. It's a company called SpringWorks. This is a new company. So the Impact Fitness was a going concern. Quite profitable by the way. SpringWorks is brand new. It's a B Corporation. I don't know if that means anything to folks here. - Why don't you explain this? This is one of our class topics. - Yeah, so B Corporations is a, in a majority of states, is a formal way of registering a company. In every state, you can be certified but in some cases by law, you can become a B Corporation. And the notion is that you take account of the interest of multiple stakeholders. Your shareholders to be sure but also community, environmental, other stakeholders. And that you're intentional about trying to balance those interests, which in my view by the way is what long-term value really is. It's something we've gotten away from in the last several decades. But this is a B Corporation that is serving as a platform for orphan drugs, compounds that are, you know, all these big pharma companies have assets in the basement, basically. They address a relatively small patient population in need but the economics of large pharma don't make it work for them. And so we're trying to be a platform where we can develop at a lower cost. Those later stage compounds that are assets in the basement. And because it's a B Corporation, we have patient interests at the table when it's time to commercialize. So that's where the conversation around pricing will happen with patient advocates at the table. - So from your experience in this space now, developing the fund, putting the teams together, how do you go about sizing up the right opportunities that would work in this sort of a new market model if you will of both public sector gain as well as in private sector gain. Compare that to private equity or family offices investments. If the students wanna know, is this the right opportunity to think about a new home health care model or child development program? How do we go about looking at this as an important opportunity? - So I think, first of all, there's a whole spectrum of social impact investing that ranges from mission-related investments by philanthropies, foundations and so on where folks are interested in no return or little or modest return up to an including what we're doing which is a market rate of return. And they all count. The distinguishing thing about impact investing is that you're intentional about the impact and you measure that which is what we are trying to do and we're trying to show at scale that you don't have to trade return for impact because I believe that once we show that at scale, it raises some unavoidable and important questions for sort of regular way investing and how you think about what long-term value really is. So it's an innovation in some ways back to the future about, you know, 'cause I would contend and have contended that if you really believe in long term value, you cannot manage to the financial bottom line alone, particularly at a time of ubiquitous information because if you mess up, environmentally or socially, it will come back around to bite your financial bottom line. So for the conventional investor, the folks who think you know that the only responsible thing to do is to pay attention to the financial bottom line, I wanna show through this vehicle what I believe which is that that isn't reality anymore if it ever was and even if you even if you don't accept as I do the sort of ethical importance of thinking about and managing for the long term, the commercial import of managing for and thinking about the long term is becoming more and more apparent. That's part of what we're trying to do. But there are lots of different places on this spectrum. A lots of different ways to bring an intentionality about the social or environmental impact to bear on the judgments that you make and I think by the way, the reason Bain Capital and I decided to get together to try to develop this is not because I had come up with the idea all on my own. They were hearing from investors in the large cap funds, mostly from Europe because this style of investing is more mature there than here. Saying you know, what's up? When you're gonna start providing us these kinds of products? And I think that's happening in the broader market here in the United States, is to me, really exciting thing. - Great, and I'm guessing you spent a lot of time in boardrooms and hanging out with big company executives and what are the questions that they're asking you about the areas in which to consider these more socially responsible investments? What can you share with us about that? - Well, again, it's questions along this spectrum and trying to suss out where they think we are on the spectrum. That we had we had many, many conversations with potential investors in the roadshow you do to raise the fund around could you really generate a private equity style return with this kind of investing? And frankly, we chose the areas of focus with that in mind. So for example, there's huge unmet need in affordable housing. We chose not to do affordable housing in this fund because it's hard, in any real estate frankly, to generate a private equity style return. I'm really, really interested in fintech and financial services particularly for working people that are affordable. We chose not to do that in this fund because it's very, very technical and there are a lot of rules and we thought we wouldn't give it to do if we did it alongside other things. So again, choices that you can make. I think there are many investors and many corporations who still believe that you make money with one hand and you do good with the other and the two really don't relate to each other. And I hear that, I see that. I don't accepted but I know it's out there. But I think that there's a, back to the point I was making earlier, there's a, for a bunch of reasons, there's a seismic shift in, which is I think becoming more and more apparent in capitalism. There's a great CEO of a very big company who told me that he went to some fancy event in New York where he was being honored and he said everybody was sitting there, people like him, all in there evening clothes and looking beautiful and he said he stood up at the at the podium and he said I'm so glad you're out here. He said you look great. He said you're all powerful and rich and clueless. And he said that got everybody's attention. And he went on to say that you know what? What most of the folks in this room don't understand is that, at least in his view, is that capitalism is in jeopardy and if you don't figure out how to make capitalism work for more people, people will make a different choice than capitalism. And that got a lot of people's attention in that room. I'm not sure I would express it exactly that way but I do think that the Great Recession was a wake-up call for a lot of people. And I think that we've been making false choices in many, many settings including in commerce. And it brings me back to this point about what really constitutes long-term value. - It's interesting that you've mentioned that. In our executive of course is here, for example, we are looking at mid-career people who are asking more of what their careers are bringing and they're demanding that the course represent them with options that will help expand in the ways of looking at the social impacts with the lives and careers that they have. To that point, one of our course works that we are studying from. - I recognize that book. - Yes, and someone very important wrote the foreword for this and I'd like to read a little quote from that. The governor was kind enough to have prepared the foreword and I think had something to do with the production of this. - You want me to read along? - Sure. This type of change referring to social impact investment is never easy and it will require building trust and collaboration between leaders in public and private sectors not used to working together. But it offers a way out of this cycle of exhausting effort, disappointing results and eroding political support that too often, characterized our efforts to address our most pressing social changes. Being a governor, important leader among many of the aspects of corporate world today. How important is this movement do you think to sustaining public's interest that our corporate world is really accomplishing what we want them to? What does it take to get the corporate environment really thinking along these lines that their investment strategy should be more focused on public good? - Well, that's too big of a question for me so I'll talk around it because I'm still trying to sort out that answer. Myself, I'll tell you some observations having worked in companies, in government, in philanthropy that we silo things. In many ways, we've expected government and philanthropy to solve what ails us and sort of said, business you do what you do and we'll kinda clean it up over here so the senate needs to be cleaned up. And I think that it's occurring to more and more of us that the scale of our challenges as such and the impact of those challenges is so broad that it's gonna take everybody on the field. And so frankly, to the folks I meet in government who say, over the folks I meet in business who say that social problems will now be solved by business. I think that's as limiting and limited as the folks in government who say it's all up to us, we're gonna do it. It takes a lot more collaboration and collaboration is good and effective in my experience. I think I'd also say I used to notice this about government speaking of silos, if you land at Logan Airport and you get on the bus to the Water Shuttle and the Water Shuttle to downtown and then you take the train from South Station out to the town you live in and you get your car that's been waiting in the parking lot there, you're not thinking about which agency is responsible for which part of that trip, you just want it to be seamless and safe and affordable. And so how come we can't, as policymakers start to think from the perspective of the service, the target of that service and start to organize that way and sometimes, a piece of that puzzle might come from outside of government. It might come from business, it might come from philanthropy as the case might be. So as you think about policy solutions, it's not that big a leap from there on the private side of the economy to think about whether how you use your private sector opportunities to do as much good as you can and where you can find collaboration to go and do that. I think impact investing is a way, it's not the only way. It's a way, philanthropy is another way. When you get some of these things coming together, it's pretty powerful, I think. - So another dimension that I'm guessing from your travels and work, whether it's in fintech or tech, particularly in Boston. Is that we're seeing now this tsunami of interests in healthcare from the FAANG companies and this gig economy is now beginning to come in and take on some of these complex problems whether it's in transportation or food and nutrition and helping coordinate consumer markets. Just an explosion of opportunities that are coming into this. You championed the deployment of this well-watched healthcare program in the state of Massachusetts and has sort of been the standard bearer of state health programs but you had the technology behind it to drive it. Do you think that social impact investment will continue to play a role particularly in the tech sector that is coming into healthcare? - It could. I think it should. I don't think it will always go by the name of impact investing. And by the way, that's not a bad thing, right? If the notion of being of taking account of the full consequences of your investment decision simply becomes investing. I don't care what it's called as it as long as it happens. The advantage we had with healthcare reform in Massachusetts that the that President Obam didn't have with health care reform at the federal level is this. We had a broad coalition of policymakers and healthcare providers and insurers and patient advocates and academics, business people who came together to invent this reform and then they stuck together to refine it as we went along. I mean I don't know, we must have done half a dozen different bills to tweak it, to adjust, to fix it. The president never had that, right? Because they were, President Obama, different thing. Because the supposition was that if they brought it up again, it would just be about how to tear it apart. And I do think that goes back to this point about the importance of innovation, right? We need to regain that sort of American mojo that was about trying stuff. And even if they don't work the first time, I got hammered because our website blew up when we were trying to integrate the ACA like many states. I kept making the point okay, well that's bad, really, really bad but healthcare reform is not a about a website, right? It's about access to care. And if we have to have people sitting on corners on the stoop with a clipboard, we will sign people up and right through all that technological kerfuffle, we continued to sign people up where 99% insured today. So I think that the, this is back to my point earlier. It's not just in public policy and not just in healthcare but throughout the society, we have to raise our tolerance for failure and try stuff and try it again and refine as we go along. I think that's been a big part of our promise. - I'm glad you emphasized that because there's, at least in our view, a real lack of risk-taking within the healthcare domain in terms of new models. - Oh, my god. - Really? Am I wrong? - Oh, my god, you know. - Am I wrong? - So let me tell you my experience with our beloved healthcare community at home. - [Gregory] We have a few important institutions there. - We do and they are marvelous and they were a part of that coalition I talked about. Very committed to to the success of healthcare reform now. Our bill, which Governor Romney signed, and took effect the day I took office was about expanding access. It was silent on cost control. Unlike the ACA which had more tools in it. And costs were going up independent of the expansion of access. And they were going up during the economic collapse. So one of the great things about my old job is that you could convene anybody. Most folks would take your call, you get them at the table, come to the table, they sit with people where there's blood enemies outside but they would sit there and I'd said, you know what? What's going on? The price of everything else is going down or flat and the price of healthcare keeps going up faster than, in those days, twice the rate of inflation. What is this about? And the answer was always it's complicated, governor. And the insurers would blame the hospitals and the hospitals would blame the medical, the doctor's organizations and the doctors would blame the medical technicians and so on. It was all this kind of thing. And I had a in a fit of pique after a couple of years of this. I froze Medicaid rates, rate increases and it got everyone's attention. And we then came up with a piece of legislation to begin to moderate the increases and even that is a journey. But it is, yeah, I guess I'm not, I mean I'm not a medical expert and I'm not the smartest guy in the room but I'm not dumb. And frankly if you can't answer a direct question, that tells me something about whether you actually know the answer. If you can't break it down in terms I can understand, it's possible you don't actually know the answer. Back to something I was saying earlier. One of the reasons that we are looking for the right investment in our fund in a community-based framework that could serve as an ACO is to is to tinker a little bit with how we create more simplified solution because I think simplicity will come some cost containment and that's enormously important to people. - You mentioned it was important that when you call people, they came. I'm guessing given where you are today, they still come when you call, right? - Less, you know. I'm a has-been so it's different. - I wanted to ask about other aspects of philanthropy and this may lead to why you chose the private sector versus other ways to do these kinds of things. But the Ford Foundation, for example, last year took a billion dollars out other managed assets to put into what they call their mission-related investments that have a risk bearing kind of component to it as opposed to straightforward philanthropy. And how do those conversations happen? Then there's a plethora of new models that are emerging here, they're using metrics and milestone-based payment systems but can you tell us a little bit more about how your engineering this at Bane Capital? And when the philanthropic world starts to move in this direction, do you think we're gonna see a lot more progress or how is this gonna happen? - Well, so kudos to Darren Walker and his colleagues at Ford Foundation. I know what was involved in trying to get to where he got. The difference, the real breakaway at Ford was not that they just started doing mission-related investment. They have been doing that on the philanthropy side, the grant making side. The difference is that the endowment which is otherwise invested, right? In firms like Bane Capital or others. They said we're gonna take some of that endowment and invested for return against our mission. And that's a big step and an important one. We wanted them in our fund but we closed before they were ready. I think it's enormously important. By the way, it is why it's important that funds like mine succeed because their fiduciary responsibilities. This is what you can imagine is the debate at boards. And that is how to meet their fiduciary responsibility alongside their civic responsibility. And the view has been that you must trade the one for the other. And I am suggesting that's a false trade, or at least you can choose to make that trade but you don't have to, particular if you choose the investments wisely and that's what they're trying to do. So having a manager, I think in their case, they're gonna manage internally. But having a fund manager like like ours for institutions and endowments like that is enormously important and really, I think, encouraging. - Well, thank you. I'm gonna ask if those of you who have questions wanna start coming to the microphone. I have one technical question and then some other reflections that I'd like you to comment on. And the technical one has to do with the uses of, and your fund uses these, I believe. The analytics and Global Impact Investing Rating System. - GIIRS, yeah. - GIIRS. Can you explain roughly, so our students are gonna go through an exercise, so we're looking at examples of these and designing their own sort of projects. I'd love to hear your perspective on how these are used in the company. - So when part of our design, our business plan was to measure impact right alongside the financials. So it wasn't just aspirational setting goals and trying to get to a particular place. I will tell you that when I first started out on this, Greg, I thought we're gonna design, the Bain Capital impact index is gonna become the industry standard and all that. - [Gregory] The Russell Index. - Right, exactly. And when we went out to talk to lots and lots of people including potential investors in the fund, they said, look, please don't invent a measure all your own. They said look, we understand there's no gap accounting for impact today. I think there will be but not today. But if you use something in general usage, then at least we can compare your performance on impact with other impact funds. That was one takeaway lesson. And the other one was be careful not to turn your companies into reporting agencies. Let them be companies. So use some tool that enables you to draw out two or three material factors that measure where they are and where you're trying to get to. And we settled on the GIIRS survey out of B Lab because it's adaptable to those two issues. You can draw out, in addition to the sort of broad snapshot it gives. But you can draw out two or three metrics that are germane to what you're trying to do with that particular company and we report to our investors those results right alongside our financials. I will say that I hope that your class will stay in touch on the work around measurement because the field is crying out for some more standard measure. And because impact is in the eyes of the beholder meaning some people really, really care about climate change and nothing else and other people really, really care about job creation or others really, really about income inequality or what have you. We're not trying to do everything. We've picked a couple of areas where we wanna invest in companies behind what we believe are secular trends and we're trying to be clear about that and I think we'll be clearer and clearer as we go along. But industry, as a whole, is deeply debating measurement. Not the importance of it but what tool is the right tool or which tools are the right tools and I think at least on the private side, the public side, public investments are further along as you know, but on the private side, some more refinement is warranted. - Well, we're gonna be spending some time with some experts in this area. This may be a bit too altruistic but for the people that are being trained here and have careers in business and in healthcare, this aspect of being able to add these new capabilities of looking at the social aspects of their investments in their corporate world, I think there's a great opportunity here for this students. As the dean mentioned, the Beeck Center has enormous capabilities both internationally and in the programs in the US. There are a lot of entrepreneurs around here. People don't think of Washington, necessarily, as being a hub for bright bold thinkers but not in the same way in Arizona valley or in Boston but there's a lot of startup kind of activities here. Many of them have social causes behind them. I consider you as an entrepreneur in a number of different ways but what's your voice to young people with great ideas and how do you sort of frame the opportunities today as an entrepreneur? - Well, back to what I was saying earlier. I think whether in the private or the public sector, we're hungry for innovation. And I would say even in politics, we are hungry for innovation. The one truth that candidate Trump spoke in my view is that conventional or establishment politics wasn't working well for most people. I think that's so. I think most people got that and still get it. So but there's a fearlessness that comes with, it's back to this willingness to fail. And I've tried and failed a bunch of things at a bunch of things. But I learned early through an experience, you're holding my book, that I described in the in the book and really gets talked about when I was living in Sudan that I actually had the capability to figure it out. And once you learn you have those resources and everybody has them to one degree to another then you start to raise your own tolerance for failure and I think that's when you start to get real innovation. So be fearless, I guess, is the advice I would give. - So I wanted to read one passage that really resonated with me for this course anyway. And I hope you all will have questions here. This is a fascinating book. I had read it several years ago. We actually met in Logan Airport as you were coming down here on the shuttle one day and I noticed that your black car didn't get lost coming to the airport. And it was ironic because you were coming here to talk about your experiences and then when I came back to my work in the Humphrey Building that same day, there you were waiting to see the secretary and you don't remember that day but we had a brief conversation about your leaving government. But this is a really incredible life story that's portrayed and I think tells a lot of how you've emerged into this new life of guiding the innovations that we're doing. But I'd love to read this brief chapter for you and then have you comment on it. Idealism is magnetic for me. It explains so many of not only our national triumphs but my personal ones as well. As a father, husband and friend, I have tried to demonstrate that idealism can be the lodestar to guide your life. As a lawyer, civil rights advocate and political leader, I've tried to inspire hope. Someone else spoke about hope that you were influenced by. I value the leaders who have come to see our highest calling as giving someone else a reason to believe. Where are we on that today? - So today, a whole bunch of teenagers from Parkland, Florida asked a lot of other students all over the country to step outside in solidarity. That's leadership. That's very hopeful leadership, I think. Inspiring leadership. I think it's all around us. I mean frustrated though, any of us are at any given time with this country, we are in a unique country in the sense that we are the only country in human history organized differently than the way countries are usually organized, right? It wasn't real estate and geography, it wasn't religion, it wasn't culture or language. It was a handful of civic ideals. Imagine that. And I think we get in, I think we are our strongest when we are conspicuously striving for those ideals, and our most confusing and confounded when we depart from those ideals. But those notions of freedom and opportunity and equality and fair play, those are just ideas, right? They're things, abstractions. But they are what we have organized this country around. And so to me, it's like yeah, you're supposed to be idealistic if you're an American. And certainly, the experience of having grown up on welfare in Chicago and had the range of experiences and opportunities and blessings, I have done nothing but reinforce for me the power of those of idealism. So yeah, I'm an unreconstructed idealist. - You were incredibly open and personal about the stories in your life and those of your spouse. Was that hard to do? I mean if these were not easy things to talk about in many aspect. - Well, you can see they were hard to do, it's a short book. Yeah, I mean it's... I am as flawed and incomplete as any of us. And I think sometimes, it's interesting in public life, you get introduced a lot and people tend to exaggerate your accomplishments. It's very sweet but it's not a complete story. And I think that to be a sort, well, maybe I put it this way, make it personal. The people who have been the most inspiring to me are the ones who have surmounted, even periodically, their own shortcomings and demonstrated grace in spite of those shortcomings. And that's what I'm, that's had such an impact. That model example has had such an impact on me and I think that's why I was trying to be as forthcoming as I was in the book. - It's an inspiring piece. Let's take some questions from our students and audience here today. I can't see you very well up there so if you could come to the microphone and please introduce yourself and direct your questions to the governor. - You always have to worry about the folks who come to the microphone with a pad in there hands. (laughing) - [Diera] Can you hear me? - Yes. - Hi, my name is Diera Graves, I-- - Diera? - [Diera] Diera, mm-hm. - Where are you from? - [Diera] I'm from Columbia, Maryland. - Excellent. - [Diera] And I'm a bio major in the college and I'm also a freshman. So my question has to do with I'm taking a healthcare in America course in the NHS and it's very eye-opening. So my question has to do with, what do you think we can do? This is aside from social impact investing, what do you think we can do in terms of the issue where not everyone quite understands healthcare and the complex set of systems that we have in place? And also, what would be your advice to someone like me who's a little intimidated and overwhelmed by these issues? - Yeah. Well, if it's any comfort, I'm a little intimidated and overwhelmed by these issues too. I do think we have to call the question which we mostly just dance around and that is about whether we think universal access to care is a public good. I think it is a public good. And we got to start there. So when I listen to folks who say the ACA needs to be blown up and so on, it frustrates me that the response is and then replace it with what rather than the predicate question which I think is do you or do you not believe that people ought to have access to affordable care? And I think calling that question by the way will yield the answer that we do think it ought to happen and may inspire us to move past what we haven't been able to do and get what we can do. I think that the, I'm a capitalist. I don't happen to believe markets solve every problem. I'm not a market fundamentalist but I do think that there is some value in having competition. And I wish that one of the competitive options was Medicare for everybody because it's a pretty effective and efficient system. We've seen over time, not uncomplicated, right? But relatively cost-efficient. And I think that having that choice in the marketplace may begin to force some hard choices in the more complex part of the private marketplace. I'd love to see how that happens. I wouldn't be daunted though. I think that it is hard. It is hard. Bu most of the things, most of our problems, we created. We created. And so they shouldn't be thought of as beyond our capacity to care about and to solve them. Stick with it. Good luck. - [Josh] Hello, Governor. My name is Josh. I'm currently a graduate student in communications here. - Hi, Josh. - [Josh] Hi. - Where are you from? - [Josh] I'm from DC. I did my undergrad at Tufts and back in 2012, I remember you came and spoke about immigration policy in Massachusetts. and it was really great talk and I'm wondering, since your since leaving office, what are some stuff you've done, what some of the interactions you've had with people in the State House in terms of, I don't know, bringing your vision for like immigration in the state to life as you talked about back then. - Well, I'll take the question, Josh, as have I stayed involved in Massachusetts politics? - [Josh] Yeah, well that's rather broad so I guess just maybe immigration in general, kind of things you were talking about back then. What's it like some of the work you've done as next governor or even some of your hopes, not to say your actions in terms of getting taken care of what you were talking about. - Yeah, so I think, first of all, you should know that when you're raising a private equity fund, you have to stay out of state and local politics of all kinds because of the pay to play rules. So the funds like mine, we didn't, but funds like mine raised funds from state and local pension plans so you can't be involved in state and local politics. I still talk to a lot of folks. I still believe that we need and deserve a serious conversation about immigration policy that isn't as tainted with racism as we have it today. I think that there is a generous instinct in Americans that can still be called out to get us to a better place. It doesn't excuse breaking the law but creates more sensible and more humane laws than we have today. And I think that the... I guess I'd say I still, when I have the opportunity talk about my, my sense that we have, well, that we have and can make common cause. But that we have been led by fear for a long time. And through the ages, it's like a classic leadership device. I will tell you what makes me hopeful on the subject of immigration. You may remember, let's see. You were there, when did you leave? - [Josh] 2014. - So was it in 2014 that we had all the kids who were fleeing violence in Central America coming across the southern border? And there were, I mean some like three or four years old without their parents thousands of miles. And the and the Obama administration officials were overwhelmed. And the administration asked a number of states if we would shelter some of the kids while they were being processed and we looked around for facilities that would work and in fact, we had sheltered children from Hurricane Katrina and from the earthquake in Haiti at one or another of two military facilities we had. And they had to be not just places to feed and house kids but play and school and the rest 'cause nobody knew how long the, it would take the process. So we identified these two facilities and we hadn't been sent any students but it got out and because immigration is hot, so what are you doing in blah blah blah? So I gave a press conference to explain why from the perspective of both patriotism and faith, we should make a place for these kids. And for that I was called everything but a child of God. I tell the story about how the weekend after. On a Saturday morning in the spring, my wife sent me with a list of stuff to get from the Home Depot. And it's just proving that it doesn't matter what position I have. My wife is still gonna send me with her list of stuff. And I thought it's early and I know what I want and I know just where to get it and I'm gonna slip out without the troopers who normally were with me all the time. I had on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and sunglasses and a baseball cap and flip-flops and I showed up at the Home Depot and I was outed by the manager in the very first aisle I walked into. Welcome to the Home Depot, governor. How can I help you? I was in the checkout line and this one guy saw me there, he just let me have it. And he wasn't he wasn't threatening but he was loud and he was angry and he said, "Governor, I couldn't disagree with you more "about those kids. "My own wife is an immigrant," he said. "She came here legally, that's how it ought to be. "I just want you to know I think you're wrong." And I said well, I appreciate your feedback. But everybody in that part of the store knew who was mad at whom and what he was about. I had six other encounters in the store on that same day on the same subject. And every one of them, Josh, whispered, "You're doing the right thing by those kids. "Thanks for sticking by those kids." It seems to me it's upside-down, right? We've learned to shout our anger and to whisper our kindness. And when we shout our kindness, when we learned to shout our kindness, turns out there are a whole lot of folks out there interested in echoing this. Two to one, the calls to the office who are in support of sheltering those children, right? Our leadership isn't asking more from us these days. Isn't asking the better angels of our nature today and I worry about that and I do think that has to turn. So it's a little feel from your question but there you are. - [Josh] Great, thank you. - [Gregory] Another question here. - [Matthew] My name is Matthew. I'm a junior and I study government and I'm actually writing a book about my partisan shift from my entrepreneurship clause. And so can you tell us a story about when bipartisanship worked during your time as governor? - Yeah, I can, although with this qualification, we are thought of as an overwhelmingly blue state, Matthew. In fact, there are more unenrolled independents in Massachusetts than there are registered Democrats and registered Republicans combined. It's not how we're usually thought of. The dynamic in Massachusetts is less Democrat, Republican than it is insider, outsider. We have a very tight inward-looking political establishment and I was the outsider. I can tell you everything we did was bipartisan in that sense. The one issue where the relatively small, relatively small Republican caucus in the legislature as Republicans joined us apart from the budget where they were often very helpful, was around the, trying to move our community college system more toward workforce preparation and middle skills in particular. Being both institutions where people who weren't ready for four-year colleges could get ready for four-year colleges, but also places where folks could go for a certificate for those many, many middle skills jobs where you needed more than a high school diploma but not necessarily a four-year degree to qualify. And particularly working with specific employers about specific jobs so it wasn't just train them and hope but to train and then channel into particular positions. And we got that started and there was a lot of Republican support for that. - [Gregory] Next question, please. - [Selena] Hello. - Hi. - [Selena] My name is Selena and I'm a current master's student and getting my master's in health systems administration. So one thing that I'm-- - Where are you from, Selena? - [Selena] Oh, born in Hoboken, New Jersey but raised as a military dependent. So one thing I'm learning as a graduate student is the importance of making sure that the decisions we're making as healthcare executives are going to lead to some sort of social impact. And so I thought it was phenomenal that you were able to infiltrate a gym desert and be able to give affordable and healthy alternatives for these lifestyles but my question is how did you impact behavior? Because it's one thing to provide a service but how do you get people to come? - That's right. - [Selena] And breakeven in that sense? - That's a perfect and important insight, Selena, thank you. We're working on that. We haven't cracked that code yet. We're working with a with a professor at the school of public health at Harvard on precisely that. And she has some ideas about how to use game theory to change behavior in competitions and sports. and I said sports but points, the way the airline's do, for example. So we're trying on some of that. I wanna get ahead of a presentation. We have to make to the headquarters of the franchise because it's a little bit of a break out from what the rest of the franchise does. And so it takes a little, it will take a little negotiating with the center but we're the standard-bearer. If I may say the best franchise in the system right now. Because we've penetrated a market that the rest of the system hasn't figured out yet. So we think we have some juice but we're working on that. You're exactly right, though. You got to get a layer below access. - [Selena] Thank you. - Thank you. - [Rob] Hello. - Hi. - My name is Rob Leon. And I'm in the executive master's program here for health systems. I've been to, I'm from Groton, Massachusetts actually so. - All right. That's a pretty town. - [Rob] And all my nine kids are all from the Boston area. But I'm living here in Maryland now. I just retired from the after 23 years, so. - Thank you for your service. - [Rob] It was a great fun but I missed being able to live in Massachusetts while you're a governor so. - Well, I hope your children felt well-served. - [Rob] They did. My son is a fan. He's an undergraduate at Frostburg State University. But my question is, Governor, it kind of ties in with the last question that said it seems like the aspect of changing behaviors is very similar to the idea of, it's really kind of a market opportunity, an untapped market. My question is that could you characterize it as kind of as trying to get people to understand that or investing in companies that can find voids in the market for things that people don't know that they need or want and that oh, by the way, is also gonna make their quality of life better. - Well, I do think that's an entrepreneurial opportunity. I think the other part of the of the answer, Rob, is that the debate about... It sometimes goes into how much of government do you privatize or not. In a way that debate is stale. Government buys most of what it does today. Most of the services that are provided are outsourced to independent agencies and so forth. There are contracts of all kinds that are, let there very few, in comparative terms, actual government workers in most states and municipalities doing the work. And so if there are, those solutions are out there to be had and competed for in the marketplace and there's some great entrepreneurs trying to find new ways to deliver those services. And I encourage more of that. To the point I was making earlier about innovation. - [Rob] Thank you. - Thank you, Rob. - Stay, one more question. - [Varsha] Hi, my name is Varsha. I'm a sophomore in the college studying biology of global health. - Varsha. - [Varsha] And I am from Acton, Massachusetts. - All right. - [Varsha] I was just there last week. So my question for you is having done so much at the state level, have you considered moving to the federal level and whether you would be interested in attacking these issues from a larger or on a larger scale? - Varsha, thank you for your question. It's a shame our time is up. (attendees laughing) No, look. I think Jennifer Granholm who was the governor of Michigan, we overlapped for a time. And I have been trying to noodle a podcast idea where we would draw attention to innovations in state and local policy they're working because I think we both feel you get so much of a steady diet of what's broken that we're forgetting that there's a whole lot that works in the country, some really, really interesting things that are happening. That's one way to serve. I think what I'm doing is another way to serve. There are all kinds of ways to serve. You don't have to be in public office. Right now, I'm focused on this business. I wanna help in the midterms and will do, consistent with my with my day job and then after that, we'll see. Okay? - Thank you for your questions. For the students here, just as a reminder, the first course assignment is due on Friday. Maybe we'll ask you to contribute to that. Not to end on a downer. - What a downer, man. - That's just a reminder. But they're so inspired now. They've got all these great ideas. The challenge of the first course notion was to write a letter to their organization head or a mythical one explaining how this social impact investment strategy might be an advantage to their organization. So we're taking this seriously and it should be leveraged quite well after your insights today. So thank you so much, Governor. - Thank you. - This has been really a pleasure. And thank you. - Thank you. (attendees applauding)



One-term Republican governor Mitt Romney did not seek re-election; his term ended January 4, 2007. Polls had been mixed prior to Romney's announcement, with one poll showing Romney slightly leading Democrat Attorney General Tom Reilly and other polls showing Reilly, who was then the Democratic frontrunner, in the lead.[2]

Democratic primary






The Democratic State Caucuses were held in February in all cities and towns to elect delegates to the state convention. The Patrick campaign organized their supporters, many of whom had never been involved in such party processes before, to win twice as many pledged delegates as the Reilly campaign. (Chris Gabrieli did not join the race until a month later, which played a major role in his difficulty in getting on the ballot.)

At the Democratic Convention on June 3 in Worcester, each candidate needed to receive support from 15% of the delegates to be on the primary ballot in September. There was some question as to whether Gabrieli could succeed after entering the race so late. Patrick received the convention's endorsement with 57.98% of the vote, Reilly made it with 26.66%, and Gabrieli narrowly achieved ballot access with 15.36% of the delegates' votes.[4][5]

The campaign was highlighted by numerous debates. The first two debates took place in late April. WBZ-CBS4 News hosted a debate between Democratic candidates Chris Gabrieli, Deval Patrick, and Tom Reilly on April 21 and it aired at 8:30 AM on April 23.[6] A second Democratic candidate debate, moderated by Sy Becker from WWLP TV 22, was held at Agawam Middle School on April 27.[7]

The "Campaign to Stop Killer Coke", a group dedicated to holding Coca-Cola accountable for violence in its Colombian bottling plant in the mid-1990s, began to attack Patrick and his candidacy. Patrick had resigned from the company and said he'd done so after his attempts to get them to carry out an independent investigation were ignored and undermined.[8] Five Massachusetts unions filed a complaint against the group with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance,[9] in an effort to require the group to disclose its donors. On August 11, it was reported that Reilly's campaign had been behind the efforts.[10]

The final two televised debates played a key role in the primary campaign, as they took place during the two weeks between Labor Day and Primary Day when the public and the media hold their greatest focus on the election. The first of the two was carried about by the media consortium (which includes the Boston Globe, NECN, and WBUR, among others) and moderated by former New Hampshire governor Jeanne Shaheen, while the second and final debate was held by WBZ-TV and moderated by their political analyst, Jon Keller.


Source Date MoE Patrick Reilly Gabrieli Other Und.
Rasmussen Reports January 15–18, 2006 ±5% 30% 29% 11% 30%
State House News January 25–27, 2006 ±7.1% 18% 58% 4% 19%
Suffolk University February 2–4, 2006 ±4.9% 30% 39% 2% 29%
UMass Lowell February 16, 2006 ±5% 40% 40% 20%
Survey USA March 5–6, 2006 ±5% 37% 47% 17%
Boston Globe March 12, 2006 ±4.9% 22% 35% 4% 14% 25%
Merrimack College February 25–March 8, 2006 ±4.8% 21.8% 37.5% 40.7%
Suffolk University April 3, 2006 ±4.9% 21% 32% 11% 36%
Survey USA April 7–8, 2006 ±4.8% 36% 33% 19% 11%
Suffolk University May 3, 2006 ±4.9% 20% 35% 15% 29%
Survey USA May 1–3, 2006 ±4.9% 28% 32% 29% 10%
State House News May 3–5, 2006 ±6.8% 15% 37% 25% 5% 17%
June 3 – Patrick receives party endorsement at Democratic State Convention
Survey USA June 16–18, 2006 ±4.8% 36% 31% 23% 9%
Suffolk University June 22–26, 2006 ±4.0% 31% 25% 22% 21%
State House News June 28–30, 2006 ±7.0% 34.8% 19.3% 21.8% 1.6% 21.4%
Survey USA July 9–11, 2006 ±4.9% 37% 26% 27% 10%
Survey USA July 31–August 2, 2006 ±4.6% 35% 27% 30% 8%
Suffolk University August 17–21, 2006 ±5.2% 24% 20% 32% 24%
Survey USA August 19–21, 2006 ±4.8% 34% 30% 30% 6%
Boston Globe August 18–23, 2006 ±4.4% 30% 24% 27% 3% 15%
(including "leaners") 31% 27% 30% 4% 8%
State House News September 7–10, 2006 ±6.8% 35.6% 19.4% 25.6% 1.0% 16.2%
Survey USA September 9–11, 2006 ±4.1% 45% 21% 29% 4%
Boston Globe September 12–15, 2006 ±4.4% 46% 18% 25% 4% 6%
Suffolk University[permanent dead link] September 15–17, 2006 ±4.0% 37% 21% 29% 11%
Survey USA September 15–17, 2006 ±3.8% 46% 22% 29% 3%


On September 19, Patrick won the Democratic primary with 50% of the vote, ahead of Gabrieli (27%) and Reilly (23%).[11]

Municipal results of the Democratic primary for the Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2006
Municipal results of the Democratic primary for the Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2006
Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial primary, 2006[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deval Patrick 452,229 49.57%
Democratic Chris Gabrieli 248,301 27.22%
Democratic Tom Reilly 211,031 23.13%
Write-in All others 787 0.08%
Write-in Blanks 14,054 1.51%
Total votes 926,402 100%

Lieutenant governor




On April 23, 2006, a "virtual debate" between Murray, Silbert, and Sam Kelley was released on[14]

On May 21, all four candidates debated in Lowell.[15] Four days later, on May 25, Kelley dropped out of the race and joined the Deval Patrick campaign as a volunteer advisor on health care issues.[16]

At the Democratic convention in Worcester on June 3, Worcester Mayor Tim Murray was endorsed by a voice vote after receiving 49% on the first ballot. Andrea Silbert and Deb Goldberg both qualified for the ballot with 29% and 22% respectively.



Source Date MoE Goldberg Murray Silbert Undecided
Suffolk University June 22–26, 2006 ±4.0% 10% 6% 5% 79%
Suffolk University August 19–21, 2006 ±5.2% 6% 11% 5% 77%
State House News September 7–10, 2006 ±6.8% 18.3% 15.2% 10.0% 53.4%
Boston Globe September 12–15, 2006 ±4.4% 26% 20% 18% 27%
Suffolk University[permanent dead link] September 15–17, 2006 ±4.0% 35% 22% 21% 31%


Tim Murray won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor on September 19 with 43% of the vote.[17]

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial primary, 2006[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tim Murray 351,009 42.60%
Democratic Deborah Goldberg 279,771 33.95%
Democratic Andrea Silbert 191,638 23.26%
Write-in All others 1,591 0.19%
Write-in Blanks 102,393 11.00%
Total votes 926,402 100%

Republican primary




Romney endorsed Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey to succeed him in the 2006 gubernatorial election. Healey was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Lieutenant governor


  • Reed Hillman, former State Representative and Massachusetts State Police Colonel

As incumbent Kerry Healey ran for governor, the position of lieutenant governor was open. Reed Hillman was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Independents and third parties

  • Running mate: John Sullivan, former Winchester selectman and town moderator[19]


  • Wendy Van Horne, nurse, was Grace Ross's running mate until September 1[22]

General election

On April 25, Republican Kerry Healey called for four debates, each involving all four candidates, between the September primaries and November general election, and this proposition was seconded by Patrick.[23]

The general election campaign kicked off on primary day, September 19, after Tom Reilly and Chris Gabrieli conceded and Kerry Healey accepted her uncontested nomination. Deval Patrick followed with his acceptance speech, appearing with his new running mate Tim Murray and former opponent Chris Gabrieli.

The general election campaign was very heated and was referred to by Michael Dukakis as "the dirtiest gubernatorial campaign in my memory".[24] The Healey campaign released attack ads implying that Deval Patrick supports sexual assault or murder of police (culminating in the now infamous "parking lot rape" ad). Healey supporters also protested at the homes of Patrick and Patrick campaign manager John E. Walsh,[25] and documents leaked anonymously to media about Patrick's brother-in-law's criminal history.

After the final debate, WRKO talk radio host John DePetro came under scrutiny for referring to Grace Ross as a "fat lesbian". DePetro was suspended earlier in the year for calling Turnpike Authority chief Matt Amorello a "fag".[26]


The first televised debate of the general election was held by WFXT and the Boston Herald] on September 25 on WFXT. Moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace on the day after his Bill Clinton interview.

The second debate was held in Springfield and broadcast on WGBH and NECN.



Poll Date MoE Patrick (D) Healey (R) Mihos (I) Ross (GR) Und/Other
State House News November 17–20, 2005 ±4.8% 44% 32% 24%
Suffolk University February 6, 2006 ±4.9% 39% 32% 29%
UMass Lowell February 16, 2006 ±5% 34% 34% 12% 20%
40% 38% 22%
Survey USA March 3–5, 2006 ±3.8% 30% 35% 20% 14%
Boston Globe March 3–9, 2006 ±4.4% 36% 29% 13% 22%
44% 38% 18%
Merrimack College February 25–March 8, 2006 ±5.6% 32.0% 28.0% 13.0% 27.0%
±4.8% 34.5% 39.4% 26.1%
Rasmussen March 13, 2006 ±4.5% 38% 25% 17% 20%
Suffolk University March 18–20, 2006 ±4.9% 29% 26% 13% 32%
State House News March 16–18, 2006 ±4.8% 25% 32% 18% 25%
Zogby/WSJ March 30, 2006 ±3.5% 53% 31.5%
Suffolk University April 3, 2006 ±4.9% 29% 24% 9% 1% 38%
Rasmussen April 14, 2006 ±4.5% 34% 27% 19% 20%
Suffolk University May 3, 2006 ±4.9% 26% 28% 10% 4% 33%
State House News May 5, 2006 ±4.8% 29% 31% 15% 17%
Survey USA May 8, 2006 ±4.4% 34% 32% 17% 17%
Rasmussen May 15, 2006 ±4.5% 36% 26% 16% 22%
June 3 – Patrick receives party endorsement at Democratic State Convention
Zogby/WSJ June 21, 2006 ±3.5% 55.7% 33.7% 10.6%
Suffolk University June 22–26, 2006 ±4.0% 38% 25% 10% 1% 26%
State House News June 28–30, 2006 ±5.0% 40.1% 30.5% 9.3% 1.7% 18.4%
Rasmussen June 27, 2006 ±4.5% 43% 23% 15% 19%
Zogby/WSJ July 24, 2006 ±4.2% 57.4% 30.8% 11.8%
Rasmussen August 12, 2006 ±4.5% 39% 29% 14% 18%
Zogby/WSJ August 15–21, 2006 ±3.8% 49.6% 23.9% 26.5%
Suffolk University August 17–21, 2006 ±4.1% 38% 30% 10% 2% 20%
State House News September 7–10, 2006 ±4.7% 43% 30% 7% 1% 19%
Zogby/WSJ September 11, 2006 ±3.9% 57.5% 33.0% 9.5%
September 19 – Primary election night; start of campaign
Survey USA September 19–21, 2006 ±3.9% 64% 25% 5% 1% 5%
Rasmussen September 20, 2006 ±4.5% 57% 24% 9% 10%
Merrimack College September 20–24, 2006 ±4.5% 54.2% 20.9% 5.3% 0.5% 19.1%
Zogby/WSJ September 25, 2006 ±3.9% 58.7% 27.3% 8.3% 5.7%
Boston Globe/WBZ September 26–29, 2006 ±4.3% 55% 30% 7% 1% 7%
Suffolk University October 2–4, 2006 ±4.5% 49% 28% 6% 1% 16%
Survey USA October 8–10, 2006 ±4% 52% 34% 9% 1% 4%
Suffolk University October 10–11, 2006 ±4.9% 46% 33% 7% 1% 12%
Zogby/WSJ October 10–16, 2006 ±3.6% 56% 33.6% 6.4% 4%
Suffolk University October 20–23, 2006 ±4.9% 53% 26% 9% 2% 11%
Survey USA October 21–23, 2006 ±4% 56% 31% 8% 2% 4%
UNH/Boston Globe October 22–25, 2006 ±4.1% 54% 29% 8% 2% 6%
Zogby/WSJ October 23–27, 2006 ±3.7% 58.1% 32.7% 4%
SurveyUSA/WBZ October 31–November 1, 2006 ±3.9% 55% 34% 6% 3%
State House News November 1–2, 2006 ±5% 50.9% 27.1% 8.0% 2.1% 6.7%
Suffolk University November 2–5, 2006 ±4.9% 53% 31% 6% 2% 9%


Official results certified by the Massachusetts Secretary of State, as of December 6, 2006, with all 2,166 precincts reporting.[41]

Massachusetts Senatorial Election Results by County, 2014.svg

2006 gubernatorial election, Massachusetts[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Deval Patrick (Tim Murray) 1,234,984 55.64% Increase 10.70
Republican Kerry Healey (Reed V. Hillman) 784,342 35.33% Decrease 14.44
Independent Christy Mihos (John J. Sullivan) 154,628 6.97% Increase 6.27
Green-Rainbow Grace Ross (Martina Robinson) 43,193 1.95% Decrease 1.54
Write-in All others 2,632 0.12 Increase .06
Total votes 2,219,779 55.63% Increase 0.40
Blank 24,056
Turnout 2,243,835
Majority 450,642 20.30%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing Increase 25.13

Patrick won a majority of the vote in every county in the state.

See also


  1. ^ "Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2006".
  2. ^ Polls show Romney gaining on Reilly, Reilly leading Healey Boston Globe November 17, 2005
  3. ^ Gabrieli readies run for governor Boston Globe March 22, 2006
  4. ^ Patrick garners most votes; Reilly touts success at convention Boston Globe June 3, 2006
  5. ^ All candidates make it.. Boston Globe June 3, 2006
  6. ^ The April 23 debate can be viewed online at
  7. ^ Agawam Candidates' Forum Tonight! MassLive: The Fray April 2006. The April 27 debate and can be heard on
  8. ^ Patrick's path from courtroom to boardroom Boston Globe August 13, 2006
  9. ^ Pro-Patrick unions file OCPF complaint against Killer Coke Boston Phoenix August 9, 2006
  10. ^ For Reilly, things go better with Coke Boston Globe August 11, 2006, Holy sh*t!! Vennochi finds Reilly campaign's fingerprints all over Killer Coke Archived 2006-08-20 at the Wayback Machine Blue Mass Group August 11, 2006
  11. ^ WBZ-TV Archived 2007-02-08 at the Wayback Machine, September 19, 2006
  12. ^ a b State Primary Election Results 2006 Massachusetts Elections Division official results (PDF, 196k)
  13. ^ St. Fleur Withdraws As Reilly's Running Mate
  14. ^ Archived 2006-09-22 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ The May 21 Lt. Governor debate is available online at Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Archived 2006-10-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Sam Kelley out of Lt. Gov. race Political Intelligence,, May 25, 2006
  17. ^ Election Results: Boston & Beyond Archived 2007-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Mihos to run as independent Boston Globe March 1, 2006
  19. ^ Mihos picks John Sullivan Political Intelligence,, June 8, 2006
  20. ^ Green-Rainbow Party Press Release on Nominations Archived 2006-04-18 at the Wayback Machine March 7, 2006
  21. ^ A new LG candidate for Green Rainbow Party Political Intelligence September 7, 2006
  22. ^ Green-Rainbow Party LG candidate drops out Political Intelligence September 1, 2006
    Nurse quits lieutenant governor race Boston Globe September 2, 2006
  23. ^ Healey challenges fellow gubernatorial hopefuls to four debates Boston Globe April 25, 2006
  24. ^ Enough by Mike Dukakis The Boston Globe, October 29, 2006
  25. ^ "Blue Mass. Group: Message to Kerry Healey: don't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  26. ^ ‘Fat lesbian’ quip about Ross lands WRKO jock in hot water Boston Herald, November 3, 2006
  27. ^ Healey-Hillman for Corner Office Boston Herald, October 30, 2006
  28. ^ In the governor's race, our choice is Healey Springfield Republican, October 30, 2006
  29. ^ [1] Archived 2007-01-01 at the Wayback Machine The Eagle-Tribune November 1, 2006
  30. ^ [2] Sentinel & Enterprise November 1, 2006
  31. ^ [3] Lowell Sun November 1, 2006
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2006-11-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Cape Cod Times November 4, 2006
  33. ^ Patrick for governor, The Boston Globe, October 29, 2006
  34. ^ A promising change: Patrick, Murray would be strong Statehouse team, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, October 29, 2006
  35. ^ Endorsement: Patrick for governor[permanent dead link], MetroWest Daily News, October 29, 2006
  36. ^ Patrick for governor, Providence Journal, October 29, 2006
  37. ^ Patrick for Governor Berkshire Eagle, October 31, 2006
  38. ^ Deval Patrick for governor Boston Phoenix, November 1, 2006
  39. ^ Editorial: Patrick for Governor[permanent dead link] Newton Tab, November 1, 2006
  40. ^ Editorial: Patrick is our pick[permanent dead link] West Roxbury & Roslindale Transcript, October 26, 2006
  41. ^ a b 2006 Massachusetts General Election Results: Governor/Lt. Governor

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