After Attorney General Maura Healey won the Democratic primary for governor of Massachusetts on Tuesday, she addressed her supporters in a speech recapping accomplishments and sharing plans for the next phase of her campaign.
“I’m so proud to stand before you tonight as a Democratic candidate,” she told those gathered at IBEW Local 103 union hall shortly after 9 p.m.
Healey’s only rival for the nomination, Sonia Chang-Diaz, dropped out of the race but remained on the ballot.
In his speech, Healey praised his predecessor, Governor Charlie Baker, the Republican incumbent who decided not to seek a third term.
“Governor Baker has led with respect and worked with both parties,” Healey said. “He refused to engage in the policy of division and destruction that we have seen across the country.”
The attorney general also criticized his GOP opponent, Geoff Diehl, whose nomination was announced shortly after Healey’s speech. Healey warned that Diehl’s influence would “bring Trumpism to Massachusetts.”
“It’s not who we are,” she said. “That’s not what Massachusetts is. I want another way. My path is one of optimism – working with urgency and intention to get things done.
Healey also spoke on issues such as abortion rights, the MBTA, and the education system.
If elected in November, Healey would be the first openly gay candidate and the first woman elected to the Commonwealth’s highest political office.
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