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Massachusetts Voters May Have Big Fields in 2014 Governor’s Race

The Fox affiliate in Boston takes a look at the Massachusetts gubernatorial possibilities for 2014:

On the Democratic side, State Treasurer Steve Grossman has said he is “leaning strongly” toward a run. Also, Congressman Michael Capuano could be eyeing the seat. Last week, he decided against running in a special election for Senate, if Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State Thursday.

Attorney General Martha Coakley also said to be considering a run. During an appearance at a breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coakley would say only that she is running for the position she currently holds. “I am running for Attorney General,” she told reporters. “Right now I’m really focused on all the great things we’re doing in the Attorney General’s office. I love the work. I love the office. That’s my focus at the moment.”

There are two other lesser known Democrats in the mix. Former Wellesley Selectman Dr. Joseph Avellone has said he is running for governor. Also, pediatrician and former Obama Administration official Dr. Donald Berwick, of Newton, is considering a run for the seat.

On the Republican side, former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is widely considered to be a candidate for governor in 2014. Also, former Senator Scott Brown could choose to run for governor instead of for Senate. If Brown does run for governor, he is not allowed to use any of the money he raised during his Senate campaign.

The Democratic field is a bit more open because Governor Deval Patrick is term-limited and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray recently declared, “I will not be a candidate for Governor in the 2014 election cycle. Nor will I be a candidate for any other statewide office in 2014.”

Baker lost to Patrick, 48 percent to 42 percent, in 2010.


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