Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (and GO Women We Love 2019 alum) announced Thursday that she is running as a Democratic candidate to be the state’s next governor.
The candidate made her first public remarks at a small gathering outside of an East Boston metro station, where she focused her campaign on problem-solving everyday issues, such as the high cost of living and child care, the Boston Globe reports.
She also emphasized her experience in office as a two-term Attorney General, calling the present moment one of both “possibility” and “opportunity,” the Globe reports. “And I think that I’m the person that brings the right kind of skills, the right kind of perspectives, the right kind of know-how to move us forward,” she added.
Healey — the first out Attorney General in the United States — is one of two out women who is running for state governorship this year. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, also a Democrat, is currently in a race to be Oregon’s next governor. If either woman is elected, she would be the first out woman ever elected governor in any state.
Both Healey and Kotek have also been endorsed by Victory Fund, which promotes LGBTQ+ candidates for public office.
“I’m very honored to receive Victory Fund’s endorsement in this race and proud to work alongside them to ensure every Massachusetts resident can thrive,” Healey said in a statement released by the organization. “Our state has made important strides in protecting the rights of our LGBTQ+ residents, but there is always more to do. As Governor, I will continue this critical work towards a fair, safe, and just world for our trans and non-binary residents, LGBTQ+ youth, and the entire LGBTQ+ community.”
Healey is one of three women who have so far announced their candidacy for Massachusetts governor. The others are Harvard professor Danielle Allen and state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, both Democrats. If elected, any of the three would become the state’s first woman governor, while Chang-Diaz and Allen would also become the first woman of color elected to the office.