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By Katherine C. Mayer, with wire dispatches

Marjorie O'Neill Clapprood

Date of Birth: September 24, 1949

Occupation: State Representative

Background: Clapprood, a single parent of two, lost her father at a young age and was briefly on welfare. She graduated from Brookline High and presently attends Boston University Law School. She has appeared on "Oprah" to discuss balancing a career and family obligations.

Experience: Before entering politics, Clapprood was vice president of a hospital. She was a member of the Sharon Democratic Town Committee and served as chair of the Task Force on Women in Poverty. She has spent six years as a state representative from Sharon.

Positions: Clapprood is opposed to CLT. She is pro-choice. She opposes the death penalty and supports gun control. Republican

Argeo Paul Cellucci

Date of Birth: April 24, 1948

Occupation: State senator

Background: Cellucci is a graduate of Hudson Catholic High School, the Boston College School of Management and Boston University Law School. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1970 to 1978. He lives with his wife and two children in Hudson.

Experience: Cellucci has been a partner with the Hudson law firm of Kittredge, Cellucci and Moriera since 1973. He served on the Hudson Board of Selectmen for five years. In 1984, Cellucci was elected to the Massachusetts Senate from the Middlesex and Worchester District, and last year became the Senate's assistant Republican leader. He was the first elected official in Massachusetts in 1979 to endorse George Bush's presidential candidacy.

Positions: Cellucci has said he will work towards reducing health care costs and reforming campaign financing. He lists his top priorities as the state economy and unemployment.

Cellucci opposes new taxes, instead supporting the shift of surpluses into a "Rainy Day Fund." Cellucci is pro-choice. He plans to work to improve the state educational system.

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