Ballot order: Nicholas J. Caccamo, Patricia "Pam" Malumphy, incumbent James M. Ruberto, Mark A. Marciano, Rick E. Moon, Daniel L. Bianchi, Paul Kwasniowski, Stephen A. Fillio, Lisa M. Boyd and Jeffrey W. Ferrin.
Martha doesn't fool around: here's the Web site (She's also leading in our smackdown poll.) At least one contender is out after Joe Kennedy said on Labor Day he wouldn't run. Coakley is currently the only declared Democratic candidate; if that changes (and it's likely), a primary will be held Dec. 8. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano of Somerville will announce his intention to run on Friday. Capauno represents much of the Boston area in the 8th District.
Coakley has been endorsed by Emily's List, the influential fund-raising foundation for women candidates.
Results of our Berkshires Smackdown! poll, ending Sept. 14.
Looking Ahead in the House
BTW Category Nuciforo Gearing for Run The Associated Press is reporting that Berkshire Middle Registrar of Deeds Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. has filed as a candidate for the 1st Massachusetts District seat now held by John W. Olver. But he won't run until 2012.
2010 challenger for Olver SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. - Michael Engel, resident of Southampton and a former Easthampton elected official, is running as an independent candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Massachusetts 1st District in 2010 against incumbent John W. Olver, an Amherst Democrat.
Engel, professor emeritus of political science at Westfield State College and current business owner, said he believes the federal government is wasting time and money trying to fix the old, failed economic and financial system, and that working people have gained little or nothing from those efforts. It is time, he claims, for citizens to start building a new system.
His role as a member of the House would therefore be to represent, work with, and provide resources for those who are organizing for meaningful social, economic, and political changes in America.
Engel's campaign will be an innovative, Web-based, personal grass-roots effort posing a direct challenge to the conventional million-dollar-plus campaigns conducted by congressional incumbents.
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