Party: Republican

Incumbent: No

Headquarters: 70 Fargo St., Suite 202, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 423-2010

Age: 53

Occupation: Former CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Family: Wife Lauren, children Charlie, 19, AJ, 16, and Caroline, 13.

Town: Swampscott

Education: Needham High School, 1975
Harvard University, 1979
Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, 1986

Experience: Former state secretary of health and human services, 1991-1994
Former state secretary of administration and finance, 1994-1998
Former CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 1998-2009

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Why are you running?

"Massachusetts is headed in the wrong direction.

Instead of reforming state government and looking for ways to make Beacon Hill work more efficiently, Governor Patrick has raised taxes and ignored reforms. I will take the opposite approach.

Massachusetts is a great state - I grew up here, and I want my kids to stay here and raise their families. But I believe we can be doing a lot better than we are right now, and I want to take Massachusetts in a very different direction that includes forcing state government to live within its means, reforming the broken pension system, and repealing Governor Patrick's tax hikes."

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The Governor’s race | On the trail

For Baker, relaxing can work

For Baker, relaxing can work (Globe Staff / Yoon S. Byun)
Showing his easy private demeanor in public is key to voter connection, Republican Charles D. Baker's aides say. But it’s a struggle. (By David Filipov, 10/19/10)
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Baker: Happy days, high expectations

Baker: Happy days, high expectations
For Charles Baker, it couldn’t have been a more charmed childhood: loving parents, the homes in Needham, then in Rockport, the three boys who had jobs delivering newspapers, mowing lawns, and pumping gas. (By Bella English, 10/2/10)

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Campaign 2010 | GOVERNOR’S RACE

With a furious finish, candidates reach for every last vote

SWAMPSCOTT — The two front-runners in the race for governor, Democrat Deval Patrick and Republican Charles D. Baker, brought their fierce, months-long battle to a close last night, ending their campaigns in the warm embrace of their respective hometowns. (Globe Staff, 11/1/10)
The Governor’s race

Candidates try to scare up last few votes

Fred and Ben Simpson will not vote tomorrow, but when they showed up at Governor Deval Patrick’s house last night dressed as Harry Potter and a robot, they still got the full charm treatment: a handshake, a smile, and most importantly, a handful of Skittles, Snickers, and Twix. (Globe Staff, 10/31/10)
The Governor’s race

Candidates offer their top 5 for the first 365

Charles D. Baker Republican 1. File tax reform package that would return both the sales tax and income tax to 5 percent and repeal the alcohol tax. (Boston Globe, 10/31/10)

Gubernatorial candidates offer ideas for economy

In an election defined by a dour economy, Massachusetts voters face a stark choice in the race for governor, with the four candidates advocating widely divergent strategies for creating jobs, cutting runaway health care costs, and changing the way the state produces energy. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)

Swampscott finds candidate Baker a low-key neighbor

During the summer and fall, Charlie Baker signs sprouted across the North Shore. On Swampscott’s Monument Avenue, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and where a series of war memorials stand, it was hard to miss the large white and red Baker placards that stood next to the candidate’s rambling white Colonial. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)
Campaign 2010 | The race for governor

Confidence, anxiety mark final days in governor’s campaign

WORCESTER — Laura Lemay and Lucille Sidley are both unemployed. Both believe the winner of Tuesday’s election for governor must make jobs a top priority. But they split over who ought to get the chance. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)
Campaign 2010

In flip from ’06, parties spending more than candidates

Four years ago, the candidates for governor spent a ton of money while the political parties played supporting roles. In this year’s contest, it’s the opposite: Candidates are spending less, and the parties have stepped in to fund much of the campaign. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)
Political Circuit

After bowing out of race, Loscocco holding on to money — just in case

More than a few people were cranky with Paul Loscocco when he left Timothy P. Cahill at the altar. The terms “turncoat’’ and “traitor’’ got bandied about with unusual frequency. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)

Baker, Patrick duel on welfare

With a flurry of new polls suggesting a close race for governor, Republican challenger Charles D. Baker attacked Governor Deval Patrick over the state’s welfare program yesterday, trying to blame him for a long-established system that gives some recipients access to cash for unrestricted purchases. (Globe Staff, 10/29/10)

Patrick, Baker focus on vote-rich cities and towns

Between riveting battles over municipal health care and regulatory policy, the front-runners in the governor’s race had another score to settle recently: Does Charles D. Baker really have a campaign office at 555 South Canal St. in Holyoke? (Globe Staff, 10/28/10)

Amid give and take, no rekindling of 2006 spirit

Five days before voters head to the polls, Governor Deval Patrick made his way to the tiny hill town of Heath, a Western Massachusetts community with just 800 residents who rewarded him mightily for his campaign’s attention four years ago. So grateful were they after the virtual unknown showed up to campaign there that all but six voters supported him ... (Globe Staff, 10/28/10)
Brian McGrory

Own the road

I offer here what neither major gubernatorial candidate has the fortitude to put forth himself: A defense of the Big Dig. (Globe Columnist, 10/28/10)

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