Massachusetts Governor's Council, District 3

Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Feb 13, 2020 - May 26, 2020


The Governor's Council, also referred to as the Executive Council, is a governmental body that is constitutionally authorized to approve judicial appointments. The council consists of eight members who are elected every two years from each of the eight council districts. The Governor's Council holds hearings and approves the governor's nominations to the appellate, district, probate, juvenile, superior and supreme courts. The council holds hearings and approves nominations for the industrial accident and parole boards, in addition to approving appointments for notary publics and justices of the peace. The council is responsible for approving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' financial warrants. Any time the governor issues a pardon or commutes a sentence, the council must vote to approve or deny his decision. The salary for this position is $26,025/year.

Application Guidelines
To file as an independent candidate for a partisan office follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the candidacy filing forms and petitions either in person or by mail. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including petition requirements, campaign finance forms and other office specific requirements. Campaign finance forms are to be submitted to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance for state positions and the Federal Elections Commission for federal candidates. State positions require 300 and 150 signatures for State Senate and State Representative respectively. To run for U.S. Representative, 2,000 signatures are required. 3) Submit the nomination papers to the local registrar or clerk in order to be certified authentic by four weeks prior to the last Tuesday in May if you are running for a state position. If you are running for U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator, the signatures are due to the local registrar or clerk by four weeks prior to the last Tuesday in August. After being certified by a local registrar or clerk, signature petitions are due to the Massachusetts Secretary of State Elections Division the last Tuesday in May for state positions and the last Tuesday in August for U.S. Representative and U.S. Senate positions. Listed below is the phone number of the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Elections Division, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Elections Division can be reached at (617) 727-2828 and the Massachusetts Candidates Guide can be found here:

Submit application to:
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA, 02108, US