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A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: MASSACHUSETTS

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MASSACHUSETTS

Population (1994): 6,041,000 (up 0.4% from 1990), 2.3% of U.S. total

Voting-age population: 4,564,000; 1994 turnout, 47%

Median age: 33.6 years

Median household income: $40,500 ($8,236 above U.S. median)

Unemployment: 4.8% (0.8% below U.S. average, March 1996)

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 48% Bush (R): 29% Perot (I): 22%

Congressional delegation: 10 Democrats, two Republicans

When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620, they became the first chapter in the Massachusetts story. Their descendants are farmers in the state’s western meadows, computer technicians in Boston and fishermen in the seaports, and they share a reverence for history and local heroes–everyone from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Larry Bird. But the Kennedys remain the state’s most potent living legacy to the nation, with three of the clan now in Congress, helping to make politics one of the state’s favorite spectator sports. This year, with John Kerry and Bill Weld battling for a Senate seat, Massachusetts is host to the Super Bowl of congressional races.

JOHN KERRY (D) JUNIOR SENATOR

BORN: Dec. 11, 1943, Denver EDUCATION: Yale U, B.A., 1966; Boston College, J.D., 1976 FAMILY: Wife, Teresa Heinz; two children, three stepchildren RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: Navy, 1966-70 OCCUPATION: Prosecutor POLITICAL CAREER: Lieutenant governor, 1983-84; U.S. Senate, 1984- ADDRESS: 129 Portland Street, Suite 301, Boston 02114. Tel.: 617-742-9696

A Vietnam veteran with three Purple Hearts, Kerry is no stranger to tough fights–which is what this battle with William Weld is. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, the popular two-term Senator sponsored a bill to lift the trade embargo on Vietnam. But as a friend of working families, he also sponsored the Family and Medical Leave Act. Now he must persuade voters that he has done more from the Capitol than Weld has done from the Statehouse.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare YES National Service YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Families First…means teaching all our children that there is more power in the memory of a computer than in the barrel of a gun.”

WILLIAM WELD (R) SENATE CHALLENGER

BORN: July 31, 1945, Smithtown, N.Y. EDUCATION: Harvard U, B.A., 1966, J.D., 1970 FAMILY: Wife, Susan; five children RELIGION: Episcopalian MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, 1981-86; assistant U.S. Attorney General, 1986-88; Governor, 1990- ADDRESS: 90 Canal Street, Fourth Floor, Boston 02114. Tel.: 617-573-9353

Weld sailed into the Governor’s office in 1990 and won re-election in 1994 with 71% of the vote. The popular Republican attributes his success to the balanced budget he delivered six years in a row while simultaneously cutting taxes. He also takes credit for an impressive economic recovery, highlighted by unemployment that reached a seven-year low in 1996. One problem for Weld: voters may not want him to leave the Statehouse.

THE ISSUES

Budget NR Medicare NR Defense NR Abortion NR Guns NR Gays NR Bosnia NR NAFTA NR Welfare NR National Service NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Reform welfare? Cut taxes? Crack down on criminals? Balance the budget?…I did it [in Massachusetts] and I can do it [in Washington].”

JOHN OLVER (D) District 1 (West–Berkshire Hills; Fitchburg; Amherst)

BORN: Sept. 3, 1936, Honesdale, Pa. EDUCATION: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1955; Tufts U, M.S., 1956; M.I.T., Ph.D., 1961 FAMILY: Wife, Rose; one child RELIGION: NR MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Professor POLITICAL CAREER: Massachusetts House, 1969-73; Massachusetts Senate, 1973-91; U.S. House, 1991- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 819, Amherst 01004. Tel.: 413-548-9800

Olver is a pro-choice liberal who has fought for education and health-care reform, including a 100% health-insurance tax deduction for the self-employed. He is against cuts in Title 1 (for low-income elementary and high school students), Head Start and student-loan programs; he secured $225,000 for Internet access for his district’s schools; and in a district that is home to eight of the state’s 30 public colleges, he supports tax breaks for tuition.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I pledge to continue the fight to save Medicare…to reform health insurance…and to defend the rights and interests of working families.”

JANE SWIFT (R) District 1

BORN: Feb. 24, 1965, North Adams EDUCATION: Trinity College (Hartford), B.A., 1987 FAMILY: Husband, Charles Hunt III; one stepchild RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Legislative aide; retail sales manager POLITICAL CAREER: Massachusetts Senate, 1991- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 551, Pittsfield 01202. Tel.: 413-499-1996

True to her name, Swift, at age 25, became the youngest woman to serve in the Massachusetts Senate and soon became assistant minority leader. Now she’s attempting to turn out the three-term incumbent who took office when Republican Silvio Conte died. A moderate, she’s pro-choice and would balance the budget without destroying entitlements or leaving poor children unsupported. But she also supports conservative causes like abolishing the Department of Education.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NR Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “If we as a government can’t find a way to take care of children who can’t be taken care of by their parents, we aren’t doing our job.”

RICHARD NEAL (D) District 2 (West Central–Northampton; Springfield; Sturbridge)

BORN: Feb. 14, 1949, Worcester EDUCATION: American International College, B.A., 1972; U of Hartford, M.P.A., 1976 FAMILY: Wife, Maureen; four children RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Public official POLITICAL CAREER: Mayor of Springfield, 1984-88; U.S. House, 1988- ADDRESS: 1341 Main Street, Springfield 01103. Tel.: 413-734-1996

Neal pounced on the chance to fill this seat when 36-year incumbent Edward Boland retired in 1988. Eight years later, with a Capitol Hill reputation for working effectively behind the scenes, he sits on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He voted for medical leave and the line-item veto but, to protect his district’s medical-service industries, balked at the President’s 1993 health-care plan.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO* Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “To encourage individuals to work, we have to make work more attractive. Increasing the minimum wage is a step in making work a better alternative.”

MARK STEELE (R) District 2

BORN: March 6, 1959, Springfield EDUCATION: Baptist Bible College, 1978-80 FAMILY: Wife, Maryanne RELIGION: Baptist MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Carpenter POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 1100 Parker Street, Springfield 01129. Tel.: 413-783-7138

Steele, a carpenter, wants to do for government what he does for homes: renovate. He entered politics out of “sheer aggravation” over debt and taxes, and has strong opinions about the country’s “moral crisis.” He is “unalterably pro-life” and says he’d help return America to a time when abortion, drugs and alcohol abuse were not major societal ills. But Steele, 37, will have a hard time defeating incumbent Richard Neal, who hammered his last opponent by 23%.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays NO Bosnia YES NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “When you are given the tools to buy something on your own, you appreciate it that much more. The government has taken that feeling away from many people with many of the faulty, albeit well intentioned, social programs.”

PETER BLUTE (R) District 3 (Central and southeast–Worcester; coastal towns)

BORN: Jan. 28, 1956, Worcester EDUCATION: Boston College, B.A., 1978 FAMILY: Wife, Roberta; two children RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Public relations director POLITICAL CAREER: Massachusetts House, 1987-92; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 246, Worcester 01613. Tel.: 508-845-6860

Blute’s moderate voting record has earned him a solid base of support in the historically Democratic Third District. He broke party ranks to support the Brady Bill, the minimum-wage hike and the Family and Medical Leave Act, but maintains his fiscal conservatism by working for a balanced-budget amendment and requiring a three-fifths “supermajority” to raise taxes.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “The people I represent wanted wasteful spending cut. They wanted the budget brought into balance. So I became the lead sponsor of the bill to give the President the line-item veto.”

JAMES MCGOVERN (D) District 3

BORN: Nov. 20, 1959, Worcester EDUCATION: American U, B.A., 1981, M.P.A., 1984 FAMILY: Wife, Lisa RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Congressional aide POLITICAL CAREER: Sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1994 ADDRESS: 19 McKeon Road, Worcester 01610. Tel.: 508-752-0296

McGovern is a former congressional aide seeking his own seat in Congress. His No. 1 priority is to ensure safe neighborhoods by extending President Clinton’s six-year plan to put 100,000 cops on U.S. streets and giving communities four extra years of government funding before they must pay the new salaries on their own. McGovern’s plan also includes funding for full-time truant officers and a ban on “cop-killer” bullets. To help the children of the Third, he vows to make all schools computer-friendly by 2000.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “I want kids off the streets and in the schools, and an aggressive truancy campaign would send a serious message.”

BARNEY FRANK District 4 (Boston suburbs–Newton; New Bedford; part of Fall River)

BORN: March 31, 1940, Bayonne, N.J. EDUCATION: Harvard U, B.A., 1962, J.D., 1977 FAMILY: Partner, Herb Moses RELIGION: Jewish MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Massachusetts House, 1973-80; U.S. House 1980- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 260, Newtonville 02160. Tel.: 617-965-0119

In the debate over the recently enacted Defense of Marriage Act, Frank’s eloquent support of same-sex unions might have been politically dangerous if he hadn’t already earned a reputation as a superb legislator. A popular liberal, he opposed the balanced-budget amendment, the line-item veto and the 1996 Welfare Reform Act and in 1994 was unopposed.

THE ISSUES Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “People talk about their marriages being threatened [by same-sex unions]. I find it implausible that two men deciding to commit themselves to each other threatens the marriage of people a couple of blocks away.”

JONATHAN RAYMOND (R) District 4

BORN: Sept. 20, 1960, Boston EDUCATION: Tufts U, B.A., 1982, M.A., 1984; George Mason U, J.D., 1991 FAMILY: Single RELIGION: Jewish MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer; federal legislative counsel; congressional aide POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 153 Clark Street, Newton Center 02159. Tel.: 508-758-2399

Raymond thought he had lost the primary until he learned that a clerical error had been made and he had, in fact, won. He brings to the general election an agenda of tax breaks for churches and charities, and tougher sentences for drug kingpins and handgun crimes.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense NO Abortion YES Guns NO Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “When my great-grandparents came to this country, they didn’t have government programs…to take care of them. Instead, they had a network of friends…We need to get back to that sense of charity. Bureaucratic institutions are replacing the family.”

MARTIN MEEHAN (D) District 5 (North Central–Lawrence; Lowell)

BORN: Dec. 30, 1956, Lowell EDUCATION: U of Massachusetts at Lowell, B.A., 1978; Suffolk U, M.A., 1981, J.D., 1983 FAMILY: Wife, Ellen Murphy RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: 75 Princeton Street, North Chelmsford 01863. Tel.: 508-251-8804

Though the Fifth has been called the least Democratic district in Massachusetts–it voted for George Bush in 1988, against favorite son Michael Dukakis–its voters re-elected Meehan in 1994 with 70% of the vote. He has made the fight against smoking his congressional cause celebre and speaks harshly against the tobacco industry. Meehan believes in a four-term limit, and with no G.O.P. opponent, he is guaranteed at least one more.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NO* Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Nicotine is an addictive drug that needs to be regulated by the FDA. The tobacco industry is doing everything in its power to prevent the FDA from regulating a drug.”

JOHN TIERNEY (D) District 6 (North Shore–Lynn; Peabody)

BORN: Sept. 18, 1951, Salem EDUCATION: Salem State College, B.A., 1973; Suffolk U, J.D., 1976 FAMILY: Single RELIGION: NR MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 1994 ADDRESS: P.O. Box 269, Peabody 01960. Tel.: 508-532-8500

In another of this year’s close races, Tierney is rematched against Peter Torkildsen, who beat him in 1994 by only 4% of the vote. This year Tierney is counting on the added support of the district’s labor unions. He promises to stop “corporate welfare,” reward companies that are good to employees, and fight balanced-budget plans that take entitlements and quality public education away from blue-collar voters. He’s pro-environment and vows vigilance on the Clean Water, Clean Air and Clean Harbor acts.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA NR Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “We do not have to balance the budget on the backs of seniors who have worked their whole lives…and cannot afford to pay any more for adequate health care.”

PETER TORKILDSEN (R) District 6

BORN: Jan. 28, 1958, Milwaukee, Wis. EDUCATION: U of Massachusetts, B.A., 1980; Harvard U, M.P.A., 1990 FAMILY: Wife, Gail RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Public official POLITICAL CAREER: Massachusetts House, 1985-91; U.S. House, 1992- ADDRESS: 80 Prospect Street, Peabody 01960. Tel.: 508-977-9600

Torkildsen touts his independent voting record, a claim few would dispute: he has broken ranks with many Republicans in his pro-choice stance, and voted against his party’s Medicare-reform plan. At the same time, he has angered liberals by supporting the death penalty. An advocate of campaign reform, Torkildsen refuses all pac money and says he will limit himself to six terms. But he first has to get by John Tierney, whom he defeated by only 4% in 1994.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NO* Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Child-support enforcement will only be truly effective if we enforce cases across state lines.”

PATRICIA LONG (R) District 7 (Northwest suburbs–Woburn; Framingham; Revere)

BORN: NR EDUCATION: Boston U, Ed.M., 1973; Boston College, J.D, 1978 FAMILY: Husband, James; four children RELIGION: Methodist MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Lawyer; state official; television producer; teacher POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 133 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington 02173. Tel.: 617-861-8548

Though Long has been outspent by incumbent Ed Markey, she hopes her message of educational and economic reform will win over the Seventh District. She is a believer in school choice, but would ensure public-school funding by requiring parents to pay extra for private education. A fiscal conservative, Long wants to reform the tax system and supports Bob Dole’s 15% income tax cut for a two-year period; then, she says, she would eliminate the income tax altogether, in favor of a “national sales tax.”

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia YES NAFTA NO Welfare YES Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “The first step toward effective school reform…is school choice. I know it’s controversial, but it’s what I believe.”

EDWARD MARKEY (D) District 7

BORN: July 11, 1946, Malden EDUCATION: Boston College, B.A., 1968, J.D., 1972 FAMILY: Wife, Susan Blumenthal RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: Army Reserve, 1968-73 OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Massachusetts House, 1973-76; U.S. House, 1976- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 526, Medford 02155. Tel.: 617-338-8908

Markey is the ranking Democrat on the Telecommunications and Finance Subcommittee, a vital advantage in a district that’s home to many small computer, engineering and telecom companies. He introduced a bill, which became law this year, promoting the V chip, which lets parents block TV shows they don’t want their children to watch. In a district that gave Bill Clinton a 28% margin in 1994, Markey is favored to win another term.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “Life is full of choices. You can choose to balance the budget, or you can choose to cut taxes, or you can choose to spend big money on big defense programs the Pentagon doesn’t even want. But you can’t do all three.”

R. PHILIP HYDE (R) District 8 (Parts of Boston and suburbs–Cambridge; Somerville)

BORN: Toronto, Canada (date NR) EDUCATION: U of Toronto, B.A., 1964, M.A., 1968 FAMILY: NR RELIGION: NR MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Economic designer; electronic news technician POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: PO Box 117, Harvard Square Station, Cambridge 02238. Tel.: 617-623-8080

Hyde has chosen to run a stealth campaign against nationally known incumbent Joe Kennedy, eldest son of the assassinated former Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Hyde’s answer to the Kennedy juggernaut is–a “cash-free” campaign. Hyde says he spends an average of “$1 to $2 a day” running for Congress. His main message is “time-sizing,” in which companies cut back the work week rather than the work force, which he would encourage through tax breaks.

THE ISSUES

Budget NR Medicare NR Defense NR Abortion NR Guns NR Gays NR Bosnia NR NAFTA NR Welfare NR Medical Leave nr (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “With timesizing, everyone keeps their job, everyone keeps a steady income, and employee morale and loyalty are maintained.”

JOSEPH KENNEDY II (D) District 8

BORN: Sept. 24, 1952, Boston EDUCATION: U of Massachusetts, B.A., 1976 FAMILY: Wife, Beth; two children RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Energy-company executive POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House, 1986- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 846, Kendall Square Branch, Cambridge 02142. Tel.: 617-242-0200

Kennedy, son of R.F.K. and nephew of J.F.K. and Teddy, has worked for 10 years in Congress to prove he’s not just a legacy politician–and he has largely succeeded. Now the ranking Democrat on the Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, Kennedy has a solid activist record, including fights for better low-income housing and Haitian refugees, but some say he may have his eyes on the Massachusetts Statehouse in 1998.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: [On the harmful effects of alcohol advertising on children] “Mr. Speaker, ask a child what…frogs say. Most of the fifth graders who were recently surveyed answered, ‘Bud-Weis-Er.'”

PAUL GRYSKA (R) District 9 (Part of Boston–Taunton; Braintree; part of Brockton)

BORN: June 6, 1953, Boston EDUCATION: Trinity College (Hartford), B.A., 1975; New York U, M.D., 1980 FAMILY: Wife, Margaret; three children RELIGION: Protestant MILITARY: None OCCUPATION: Surgeon POLITICAL CAREER: None ADDRESS: 193 Washington Street, Dedham 02026. Tel.: 617-326-6000

Unlike his Democratic opponent–and many Republicans–Gryska, a former chief surgical resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, is pro-choice. But with a socially moderate and fiscally conservative platform, he calls himself a “Weld Republican.” Gryska vows to be tough on crime, abolishing parole for violent criminals, and supports Bob Dole’s 15% tax cut, expanding iras and reducing the capital-gains tax.

THE ISSUES

Budget YES Medicare YES Defense YES Abortion YES Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA YES Welfare YES Medical Leave NO (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “To some extent, [abortion] is caused by developments beyond the reach of government…[like] the widespread…emphasis on sexual behavior divorced from love, marriage and raising a family.”

JOE MOAKLEY (D) District 9

BORN: April 27, 1927, Boston EDUCATION: Suffolk U, J.D., 1956 FAMILY: Widower RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: Navy, 1943-46 OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Massachusetts House, 1953-61, Senate, 1965-71; Boston city council, 1971; U.S. House, 1972- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 1073, Boston, 02205. Tel.: 617-439-5218

Moakley, who has devoted his career to public service, is cut from the same mold as his old friend and mentor, Thomas (“Tip”) O’Neill, the former House Speaker. At age 15 Moakley volunteered for the Navy and fought the Japanese in the South Pacific. The journeyman politician hasn’t fallen behind: in September, he introduced the Community On-Line Act, which would provide grants to community buildings that hook up to the Internet.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense NR Abortion YES Guns YES Gays NO Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “We have the amazing ability to obtain vital information on the computer. But unfortunately, many people just don’t have access to the latest technology.”

WILLIAM DELAHUNT (D) District 10 (South Shore–Cape Cod; islands)

BORN: July 18, 1941, Quincy EDUCATION: Middlebury College, B.A., 1963; Boston College, J.D., 1967 FAMILY: Divorced; two children RELIGION: Roman Catholic MILITARY: NR OCCUPATION: Lawyer POLITICAL CAREER: Massachusetts House, 1973-76; Norfolk County district attorney, 1976- ADDRESS: 500 Victory Road, Quincy 02171. Tel.: 617-786-1857

Delahunt’s trip to the general election has been remarkable: despite a 50-point lead in the polls, he lost the primary by 266 votes, lost a recount by 175 votes, then, according to a judge, citing errors made in faulty ballot scanners, won by 108 votes. Supporting abortion rights, Head Start and the assault-weapons ban, Delahunt hopes to win the seat of 24-year incumbent Gerry Studds–preferably, in a more conventional way.

THE ISSUES

Budget NO Medicare NO Defense YES Abortion NO Guns YES Gays YES Bosnia NO NAFTA NO Welfare NO Medical Leave YES (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “We must ensure that our children, no matter what their economic or social situations, are given proper preparation and schooling at all levels.”

EDWARD TEAGUE (R) District 10

BORN: Nov. 25, 1949, Lowell EDUCATION: St. Anselm’s College, B.A., 1971; Pepperdine U, M.B.A., 1974 FAMILY: Wife, Kathy; four children RELIGION: Catholic MILITARY: Army, 1971-75; National Guard OCCUPATION: Insurance and investment broker POLITICAL CAREER: Yarmouth Selectman, 1986-88; Massachusetts House, 1989- ADDRESS: P.O. Box 1888, Hyannis 02601. Tel.: 508-790-1200

Teague brings a respectable political resume to this race, along with a 10-point plan that reads like a credo of modern conservatism. He’d like to see a mandatory two-thirds congressional “supermajority” to raise taxes, a $500-per-child tax credit and a balanced-budget amendment. Republicans are hoping Teague’s 11th point is a plan to overcome the 10th District’s long tradition of sending Democrats to Washington.

THE ISSUES

Budget NR Medicare NR Defense NR Abortion NR Guns NR Gays NR Bosnia NR NAFTA NR Welfare NR Medical Leave NR (For an explanation of these issues, see the front of this guide.)

QUOTE OF NOTE: “My message to Washington will be this: Get out of our way! Let our Massachusetts industries and businesses do what they do best.”

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