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Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Election Takes Place Tuesday, January 31

January 30, 2023

The Massachusetts Republican Party plans to hold its chairman race on Tuesday, January 31.

The election is set for the Apex Center in Marlborough (5 p.m. start time).

Current Massachusetts Republican Party chairman Jim Lyons is seeking a third term in what is expected to be a competitive race. Lyons beat out then-state representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) 39-36 in the January 2021 race. 

Members of the Massachusetts Republican state committee vote for the chairman; the state committee currently had 73 members, according to its web site

State committeewoman Amy Carnevale of Marblehead is considered to be Lyons’s primary opposition. She works as a government affairs adviser for the corporate law firm K&L Gates, which has offices in Boston and Washington D.C.. She is pulling support from the party’s moderate faction but would need the votes of at least a couple of conservative members to win. 

The election may come down to a few undecided votes. For example, state committeewoman Caroline Colarusso, a conservative Republican, has expressed openness to voting against Lyons without endorsing a particular candidate.

Sources have told NewBostonPost that both factions of the MassGOP — those who support Lyons and those who support Carnevale — think they have the votes needed to win the chairman race.

Three other candidates are pursuing the post:  Brookline physician Elizabeth Childs, veteran political consultant Chris Lyon of Hingham, and Republican activist Ron Vining of Melrose. The three of them are considered underdogs in the race. 

The winner of the race will need votes from the majority of the state committee. There may have to be several rounds of voting and at least one candidate dropping out for someone to obtain a majority.


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