Voters, have your say on primary day

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Inspired by Candidate X? Annoyed by Candidate Y? Want to send a message to Incumbent Z, whose office didn’t respond to your call or letter, by blanking his/her uncontested race?

Well, today is your day, Massachusetts voters. No, it’s not the most convenient primary day of all time, falling as it does on the Tuesday after Labor Day, and the start of school in many communities.

But if you’re frustrated with the date, make that a fulcrum for action. Both Democratic candidates for secretary of state support a spring primary, as does Republican hopeful Anthony Amore. The Legislature is resistant, of course — a fall primary favors incumbents, by shortening the general election race — but with pressure from enough concerned citizens, that could change. A call or e-mail to your state lawmakers is an effective way to get the message across. And if your legislators have activists (read: their employees or family members) working the perimeters of your polling place, ask them to take that message back with them.

Meanwhile, remember that millions of people around the world would love the ability to vote, without fear or intimidation. You have it. So don’t take it for granted.


The Globe has made recommendations in certain races. If you share our values, please consider them. (If not, well, you can always use our picks as a counter-indicator.)

So here goes. In a Democratic gubernatorial race that features few issue differences, the Globe believes that Jay Gonzalez , former governor Deval Patrick’s one-time secretary of administration and finance, has the right combination of policy priorities and practical governing experience.

On the Republican side, the choice, of course, is popular incumbent Charlie Baker . Discontent with Baker? Then write in someone else. But don’t tarnish your party by voting for Baker’s shabby intra-party rival, hate-mongering homophobe Scott Lively.


In the GOP primary for US Senate, our pick is Beth Lindst rom, a long-time Republican operative, whose stints as director of the State Lottery under former treasurer Joe Malone and director of consumer affairs under Mitt Romney give her valuable government experience.

This moderate Republican is head and shoulders above her rivals. Indeed, so formidable is she that after one pre-primary media debate, her opponents, Geoff Diehl and John Kingston, decided discretion was the better part of valor, saddled their horses, and headed for the campaign hills.

In the Seventh Congressional District, Michael Capuano of Somerville has been a solid congressman, but the Globe editorial board thinks Ayanna Pressley of Boston would better represent the everyday concerns of district residents.

In a field of talented candidates in the Third District, the Globe has endorsed Lori Trahan of Westford, a pragmatic progressive who grew up in Lowell and knows the district well, having spent nearly a decade working for former US Representative Marty Meehan. She would be the worthiest successor to the retiring Niki Tsongas.

For secretary of state on the Democratic side, the paper backs incumbent William F. Galvin , who has run an effective, scandal-free office for a quarter of a century. In the age of Trump, Massachusetts needs his electoral expertise and experience in that important post.


In the Democratic primary for Suffolk County District Attorney, the Globe supports Rachael Rollins — a former assistant US attorney who also served as general counsel to MassDOT and the MBTA and, later, MassPort — to replace the retiring Dan Conley. In Middlesex Country, meanwhile, our choice for DA is challenger Donna Patalano , who has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She would bring stability to an office that has seen internal strife and high turnover under incumbent Marian Ryan. Both Rollins and Patalano can be counted on to push for a more equitable, less prison-oriented, criminal justice system.

Those are our picks. But whether you agree or disagree, be an active citizen. This is our democracy. Get out and vote.