Maura Healey secured the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts in Tuesday’s primaries. She is now one of two out candidates who could become the first lesbian elected to the office of governor in the United States.
Healey defeated opponent Sonia Chang-Diaz, who had suspended her campaign over the summer but remained on the primary ballot. She will face the Trump-backed Republican nominee Geoff Diehl in the November general election.
“I got into this race because I believe in Massachusetts,” Healey said in a statement released after last night’s victory. “We have the best people, innovation and know-how in the world. As Governor, I want to harness that potential, bring people together and build a state where every person and every business can thrive.”
Healey has served two terms as Massachusetts Attorney General. When she won her first term in 2014, she became the first out LGBTQ+ individual in the country to serve as a state’s attorney general. She was a vocal critic of President Trump, and one of multiple state Attorneys General to file suit against the former president’s travel bans limiting or restricting immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.
She is one of two out lesbian women who is running for governor in this election cycle. Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek secured the Democratic party’s nomination to be the next governor of Oregon in May. She will face two opponents in the November general elections: Republican nominee Christine Drazan and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson.