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Here’s who is running for Massachusetts governor in 2022

An aerial view of downtown Boston with the Massachusetts State House lower foreground.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Massachusetts will elect a new governor in 2022, since two-term incumbent Charlie Baker announced he is not running for a third term. Several candidates have already thrown their hat in the ring, and more could come.

Here’s a look at who they are.

Democratic Party

Danielle Allen formally announced her gubernatorial campaign at a press conference in June. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Danielle Allen

Age: 50

Resides: Cambridge

Education: Princeton University, then earned a master’s and doctorate from both Cambridge University and Harvard University.

Occupation: Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, currently on leave.

Past experience: Former dean of the Division of Humanities at University of Chicago, former UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton,author, columnist.

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Family: Married; two children

Pitch: “It’s time to accelerate the pace of change.”

Notables: The first Black woman to run for governor as part of a major party in state history. Was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2001. Author of more than a half-dozen books, including a memoir, “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” At 32, was named a dean at the University of Chicago, making her one of the youngest deans the school has ever appointed.

Sonia Chang-Díaz kicked off her gubernatorial bid in June. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Sonia Chang-Díaz

Age: 43

Resides: Jamaica Plain

Education: University of Virginia

Occupation: State Senator, first elected in 2008.

Past experience: Former school teacher in Lynn and Boston.

Family: Married; two children

Pitch: “I am tired of waiting for government to live up to our hopes and our families’ needs.”

Notables: First Latina elected to the Massachusetts state Senate. Served as longtime chairwoman of the committee on education and currently chairs legislative committees on cannabis policy and racial equity. Was a lead negotiator on omnibus police accountability law passed in late 2020. Defeated incumbent state senator Dianne Wilkerson in 2008 Democratic primary before winning state Senate seat that November.

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Republican Party


Geoff Diehl challenged Democrat Elizabeth Warren for the US Senate in November 2018. Steven Senne

Geoff Diehl

Age: 52

Resides: Whitman

Education: Lehigh University

Occupation: Director of business development, TRQ Auto Parts; co-owner of Boss Academy of Performing Arts.

Past experience: Former state representative, former candidate for US Senate and Massachusetts state Senate, was an account executive at SignDesign in Brockton and Poyant Signs in New Bedford.

Family: Married; two children

Pitch: “It is time for a new path forward . . . It is time to free our economy.”

Notables: Served four terms in the state Legislature. Won US Senate Republican primary in 2018 before losing to incumbent Democrat, Senator Elizabeth Warren. Was cochair for former president Donald Trump’s Massachusetts campaign during the 2016 election. Was one of the leading proponents of the successful ballot initiative to repeal the Massachusetts gas tax indexing law in 2014. Is an Eagle Scout.

Others who have filed paperwork to run for governor with campaign finance officials:

  • Kimberly Duffy, Republican of Quincy
  • Darius Mitchell, Republican of Lowell
  • Luis Perez, unenrolled of North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner
  • Dianna Ploss of Peabody
  • Orlando Silvo, Democrat of Shrewsbury


Matt Stout can be reached at matt.stout@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattpstout.