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Adam Hinds launches campaign to become lieutenant governor of Massachusetts


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“I want to make sure that every corner of the Commonwealth is ready to participate in the economy of tomorrow, from Wellfleet to Worcester to Williamstown.”

State Senator Adam Hinds at a launch event Wednesday morning in Pittsfield. Ben Garver / The Berkshire Eagle via AP

Another Massachusetts state lawmaker is joining the fray of candidates seeking a position across the state.

State Senator Adam Hinds, a third-term Democrat from Pittsfield, announced his 2022 campaign to be lieutenant governor of Massachusetts on Wednesday, citing the need for “leaders who bring people together to meet great challenges.”

“When you run for office, people want to know why,” Hinds said in a campaign launch video. “I’m doing this job because I just had a child who will be part of our first generation to have fewer opportunities than their parents, struggling with rising housing costs and the impacts of climate change. I am determined to leave a better world for my child and yours.

A former United Nations Middle East negotiator, the Buckland native, 45, said he knew “the importance of righting historic wrongs” and that the COVID-19 pandemic “has shown us that vulnerability in one neighborhood makes us all vulnerable “.

“I want to make sure that every corner of the Commonwealth is ready to participate in the economy of tomorrow, from Wellfleet to Worcester to Williamstown,” said Hinds, who chairs the Legislative Committee on Income and “Reimagining Post Resilience. -pandemic from Massachusetts “.

He joins fellow Democrat and Acton State Representative Tami Gouveia in the race for the state’s second-hand job, a position that has traditionally involved working with local city officials across Massachusetts.

After the Berkshire EagleHinds told a launch event on Wednesday morning in Pittsfield that his campaign would feature proposals to make child care universally accessible and affordable, expand access to housing and employment and improve public transport, in particular by offering free options.

“I feel that given this moment, the role of lieutenant governor can be a center of gravity to rethink and rethink our systems and institutions and really lead a whole-of-government approach to do it,” he said. he said, adding that the flexible nature of the lieutenant governor’s position “lets you do it.”

Hinds would follow in the footsteps of former Republican Lieutenant Governor Jane Swift, who represented the same Senate district of the state of Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden from 1991 to 1997.

Ben Downing, who represented the Western Massachusetts District before Hinds, is also running for governor in 2022.

Hinds also joins fellow Senate colleagues Sonia Chang Diaz and Diana DiZoglio, who are running for governor and auditor respectively on the 2022 candidate list.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito have yet to say whether they will run for a third term in 2022.