Yeah, you know there's a primary on Tuesday for governor and other statewide offices. If you live in Suffolk County (Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop) and vote in the Democratic primary, you also get to decide who will represent your party in the races for country Register of Deeds, Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court and Clerk of the Superior Court - Criminal.
What? Maybe in 1652, it made sense for these offices to be elected, but now they seem to be largely a way for old Boston city councilors to pick up a few extra dollars on the way to retirement.
In the deeds election, you've got former City Councilor (and Police Commissioner) Mickey Roache hoping to cling to power against a tough challenge from Michael Makan, who disagrees violently with Roache on, um, steel vs. wood shelves for property records or something. I don't know.
Maura Hennigan, who gave up a safe city-council seat to be slaughtered by Tom Menino in the mayor's race, hopes to make up for that by getting herself elected Clerk of the Superior Court - Criminal. Sure, she has no court experience, unlike her opponent, Robert Dello Russo (who currently works fulltime as asssistant clerk of the court), but I'm sure she'd do a fine job ensuring whatever it is the clerk ensures. Both are running to replace John Nucci. One guess what he was before his election.
One of the few people to spend more than 10 seconds thinking about this race is Mass. Marrier, who takes a dim view of Hennigan's bid:
... After failing, she inexplicably picked this clerk's spot to relaunch and redefine her political self. Forget that she has no experience or expertise here. She has attitude. Forget that she is running against a guy who actually understands the job and its duties, as well as the players. She's not coloring in the lines here. ...
In the SJC clerk race, you have incumbent Maura Doyle (South Boston Online bio) vs. Peter J. Walsh (South Boston Online bio). I won't bore you by repeating all the issues in this race.
Also up for re-election this year, although not with primary challenges, are Clerk of Superior Court - Civil Michael J. Donovan and District Attorney Dan Conley, who, surprise, used to be a Boston city councilor.