Massachusetts Attorney General wins primary

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the state’s Gubernatorial Democratic Primary held on September 9, 2014. 

Although current Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, would have been eligible to run in 2014, he had previously announced that he would not run for a fourth term. This opened up the Democratic floor for candidates in the Democratic primary. Coakley ran against two other candidates including Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman and former Obama administration health care official Dan Berwick. She pulled in a win with 42 percent of the vote. 

Assumption students shared their opinions Thursday on Coakley’s win this month. Of those asked to share their views, most were excited for Coakley.

“This was not really a surprise, although I thought that she would have won by more. She is a known name, with a history of serving the state,” said senior Tim McCarty.

“I think the democratic primary went well. It seemed like Coakley was a better candidate than Grossman,” commented sophomore Tim Cassells.

“I think Coakley won the primary because she has the skill to handle government issues. If she wins, she will be the first female Democratic [governor of Massachusetts]. She is a role model for women today for the next generation,” said sophomores Lina Nguyen and Francesca McMenemy.

“In one of her interviews, she mentions that it’s time for a change and she is looking forward to running against Baker; she mentions that sometimes the best person for the job is a woman, which I absolutely agree,” said McMenemy, who is involved with a local League of Women Voters. “She has new ideas and new projects to help [the] Massachusetts economy and to make the people of Massachusetts’ lives better.”

According to, Coakley was raised in North Adams, Mass., and received her bachelor of arts at Williams College in 1975 and her Juris Doctor from Boston University Law School in 1979. She began her legal career as a civil litigation lawyer for the firm Parker, Coulter, Daley & White that same year. She first became a member of the District Attorney’s Office when she became Assistant District Attorney at the Lowell District Court in 1986. Before becoming Massachusetts’ first female Attorney General in 2007, she held a position as Middlesex District Attorney. 

Coakley will be running in the race for governor against Republican candidate Charlie Baker, who won the Republican primary in March 2014. Baker is a former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Governors Weld and Cellucci as well as the former Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. He will run with Karyn Polito, former State Representative of the Worcester 11 District as his lieutenant governor. The Massachusetts Gubernatorial Election will take place on November 4.

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