Election Day 2017: Locals Count, Two Key Governorships


There’s no presidential election, there’s no state legislative races in Massachusetts or Connecticut, but Election Day 2017 is important and could foretell what happens in Congress next year. Tip O’Neill said, “All politics is local.” He was right. Two gubernatorial races—in Virginia and New Jersey—will give us a clue as to how elections will next year people go to the polls for the midterms.

The race for governor of Virginia is a big one and comes as intraparty squabbling is roiling the Democrats nationwide. Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is hanging on by a thread in the polls.





The race in New Jersey is a little less complicated. The Republican is Kim Guadagno who is Gov. Chris Christie’s lieutenant governor. Christie is toxic in the Garden State. In the latest polling, he is the least popular governor in the country.

The Democrat is Phil Murphy, a former ambassador to Germany under President Obama. He is also a multi-millionaire former executive at Wall Street investment banking firm Goldman Sachs.

Murphy leads in the polls but like in Virginia, the race is tightening. Murphy was ahead by 27 percentage points in July but is now up by 14 in the most recent survey.

On a personal note, I have worked this election cycle with Stephanie Martins in her race for Everett (Mass.) city council. The Scully Communications home office is Everett so I have a personal interest in the city’s success. I’ve worked with dozens of political candidates through the years at all levels. Smart, determined and personable, Stephanie is one of the hardest-working candidates I’ve ever been associated with. She has the necessary vision and courage to help lead Everett in a time of unprecedented growth.

Everett has gotten national attention in recent years as the home of the now-under construction, $2.5 billion Wynn Boston Harbor resort casino. (The gigantic project is neither in Boston nor on Boston Harbor. It’s in Everett and on the Mystic River…details, details.)

Stephanie is in it for all the right reasons and is an example of someone who honestly wants to serve her community. She’s genuine, very qualified and will be a great leader.