Mary Hurley will not seek reelection to Governor’s Council in 2022 election

Believes “the time has come to give someone else the opportunity to serve”

"Not everyone can say they had a wonderful life. Some say there is an old Chinese curse that says, ‘May you have an interesting life.’ I’ve been fortunate enough to have both. I have had great support from my family, who have been with me through every election and there for me through the good times and bad in my personal life.

I have been lucky enough to have had great friends all throughout my life from grammar school through law school, and in my professional life from attorney to mayor to judge—and now as Governor’s Councilor for western Massachusetts. Working with Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito and my colleagues on the Governor’s Council has been an amazing experience.

In 2014, when I retired from the District Court judgeship, I thought I was done with work. However, I knew firsthand how short we were in judicial positions: eight in the District Court, three in Probate Court, three in Juvenile Court and three in Superior Court. This meant people were not having their day in court in a timely way. As Martin Luther King said, ‘Justice delayed is justice denied.’ That is when I decided to run for Governor’s Council to do something about that. In the first three years I was able to get over 20 new judges and clerks.

For those of you who don’t know what the Governor’s Council does, in short, we vote to approve the governors’ nominations for judgeships and clerkships, which are lifetime positions, as well as parole board members, Department of Industrial Accident judges and other administrative quasi-judicial positions. It is critical that we get it right.

It has been an honor to serve in such a meaningful position alongside some extraordinary colleagues. Now in my third term, I find that I believe the time has come for me to give someone else the opportunity to serve western Massachusetts as their Governor’s Councilor. Therefore, I will not be a candidate for a fourth term.

It is my hope that there are great, qualified candidates who are interested in running for the position. As the election unfolds, I may endorse someone who I feel will do the best job and has the best qualifications to serve our region. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank the people of Springfield and all of western Massachusetts who placed their faith and trust in me when they voted for me as city councilor, mayor and Governor’s Councilor. My almost 30 years in public service gave me a wonderful and interesting life which I greatly appreciate. Thank you.” -Mary Hurley


Support Mary Hurley, retired Associate Justice of the District Courts of Massachusetts and former two-term Mayor of the city of Springfield, for her candidacy for the eighth district of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council. The eighth district of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council represents Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties and the town of Royalston in Worcester County, which comprises the same geographic district where Hurley served as a District Court Judge. Hurley sees her bid for a seat on the Governor’s Council as an opportunity to serve in a position that allows her to do what she is most passionate about: the law and public service.
About Mary Hurley
Born in Springfield and a lifelong resident of the Pioneer Valley, Mary Hurley is of counsel to local law firm Cooley Shrair, P.C., since retiring and served 19 years as a judge following 18 years as a practicing attorney where she was initially a founding partner of Hurley, Melikian and Sousa, P.C. After serving two terms as of Mayor of Springfield, she was a principal of the law firm Cooley Shrair before accepting an appointment as a District Court Justice. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association Public Service Award and was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1980 by the U.S. Jaycees. She currently serves as a member of the cabinet for the Sisters of Saint Joseph fund raising campaign, College Club of Greater Springfield, Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Elms College, Hampden County Bar Association, Hampshire County Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association. Hurley earned her Juris Doctor from the Western New England University School of Law, where she also taught as an adjunct professor of law. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Elms College, where she also received an honorary Doctorate Degree. Dedicated to the law and public service, Hurley’s accomplished career includes former memberships and associations.