Massachusetts AG Maura Healey announces bid for governor

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a run for governor 星期四, a decision that comes weeks after popular Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he would not seek reelection.

Healey made the announcement 在推特上 and in a video that leaned into what the state needs to do to build back from the coronavirus pandemic.
“马萨诸塞州, I know the years of the pandemic have been really hard, but I see a state that is coming together with courage, grit and caring to great things,” Healey says, before detailing her upbringing and her work as attorney general.
    I have stood for you as the people’s lawyer and now I am running to be your governor, to bring us together and come back stronger than ever,” Healey adds.
      Baker’s decision not to seek a third term as governor shook up the race to lead Massachusetts. The unexpected move caused Democrats to take a fresh look at the contest, given Baker is widely seen as a political force in the state and any race against him would have been markedly harder than an open contest.
        After Baker’s decision in December, a source familiar with the attorney general’s thought process told CNN that Healey, who has served as attorney general since 2015, was thinking about running against Baker before he declined to run, but that his decisionmakes the path clearer.
        Healey is not the only top Democrat who could be in the gubernatorial campaign mix. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, the former Boston mayor, also began considering a hid after Baker declined to seek a third term, a source familiar with the considerations told CNN in December.
          Democrats in Massachusetts, 然而, are skeptical that Walsh and Healey would choose to face off in what could be a contentious primary.
            Some Democrats had already announced gubernatorial bids before Baker’s decision and Healey’s entrance, including Harvard professor Danielle Allen and state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz. But Healey enters the race as the clear frontrunner given her statewide name recognition and millions in the bank to run her race.
            Former President Donald Trump has loomed large in this race. After Baker spoke out against the former President on multiple occasions, the Republican leader turned on the Republican governor and endorsed former state Rep. Geoff Diehl’s bid to challenge Baker from the right.

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