Massachusetts: Senate candidates at-a-glance

Republican Candidates

Gabriel Gomez

BOSTON (AP) – NAME: Gabriel Gomez

AGE: 47; born Aug. 27, 1965

EDUCATION: B.S. in Systems Engineering from United States Naval Academy, 1987; M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, 1997.

CAREER: After graduating from the Naval Academy, Gomez served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy before becoming a Navy SEAL officer. He left the Navy in 1996 and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Gomez went on to work at the Charlotte, N.C.-based investment banking firm of Bowles Hollowell Conner before being hired by the Boston private equity firm of Summit Partners in 2001. He worked there three years before moving on to the Boston-based investment firm Advent International. He resigned to run for Senate.

FAMILY: Lives in Cohasset with his wife Sarah. The couple has four children, Olivia, Alexander, Antonia, and Max.

QUOTE: “I’ve lived the American Dream. My parents, when they came here, could never have imagined that their son, who didn’t even know English when he went to school, could have gone to the Naval Academy, could have been an air craft carrier pilot, could have been a SEAL, could have gone to Harvard Business School.”

Michael Sullivan

AGE: 58; born Oct. 3, 1954

EDUCATION: B.A. in Business Administration from Boston College, 1979; J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, 1983.

CAREER: Sullivan started off at the Gillette Company in 1973 on the factory floor and worked his way up to executive management, leaving in 1989 to practice law. In 1990 Sullivan ran for state representative and served until he was appointed Plymouth District Attorney in 1995. Sullivan served as district attorney until he was appointed U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts in 2001, serving until 2009. Sullivan also served as director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from 2006 to 2009.

FAMILY: Lives in Abington with his wife, Terry. The couple has four children, Joseph, Kelly, Alyson, and James.

QUOTE: “We’d take those assets (seized) from drug dealers and then reinvest it back into the community so the communities who were being most harmed by the drug dealing trade would get the benefit.”

Daniel Winslow

BOB SALSBERG,Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — State Rep. Daniel Winslow concedes he’s an underdog in the Republican primary to earn a slot in the June 25 special election to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

But the 54-year-old former judge from Norfolk could also be a wild card in the three-way contest with former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez.

The socially moderate, fiscally conservative Winslow grew up in Amherst and graduated from Tufts University and Boston College Law School.

He was appointed a district court judge in 1995 but left the bench after eight years to serve as chief legal counsel in former Gov. Mitt Romney’s administration. He was elected to the state House in 2010.

Democratic Candidates

Stephen Lynch

BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch has made a point of his blue-collar roots as he seeks the Democratic nomination for the special election to the U.S. Senate.

The 58-year-old Lynch was raised in a housing project in South Boston. He was an ironworker for nearly 20 years and served as president of his union local. After attending Boston College Law School, he won a seat in the state House in 1994 and later the state Senate.

In 2001, he won a special election to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Joseph Moakley.

Lynch is more conservative than his Democratic rival in Tuesday’s primary, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey. Lynch voted against the federal health care law and describes himself as “pro-life” on abortion.

But he says he can best represent the interest of Massachusetts working families in the Senate.

Edward Markey

BOSTON (AP) — Edward Markey is hoping to persuade Massachusetts voters that his life in politics makes him the perfect fit for the U.S. Senate seat now up for grabs.

The Malden Democrat first won election to the state Legislature while still attending Boston College Law School. He would go on to land a seat in Congress a few years later in 1977.

He’s served in Congress ever since, currently representing the state’s 5th Congressional District.

During his decades in Washington, Markey has built up a legislative portfolio that includes work on energy, telecommunications, national security and the environment.

Markey said he’s fought the battles that the average resident from Malden would have fought if given the same opportunity.

Markey is facing off against congressman Stephen Lynch in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

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