BOSTON — With a video and handshakes in her home town of Medford, Attorney General Martha Coakley today kicked off her 2014 run for the governor’s seat.
Coakley, who has spent the past three years working to rebuild her political brand after losing a race for U.S. Senate to Scott Brown, is expected to spend the next three days barnstorming the state with events in 18 cities and towns, according to a campaign source.
“The attorney general will be discussing her vision of how we continue to improve the economy so that everyone can succeed and launching the next phase of education reform so every child has the skills they need to compete,” the campaign official said.
By entering the race, Coakley joins a Democratic field vying to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick that already includes Treasurer Steven Grossman, former Obama Medicare chief Donald Berwick, national security expert and former columnist Juliette Kayyem, Wellesley biotech executive Joseph Avellone and Cape Cod Sen. Daniel Wolf, who has suspended his campaign while he challenges an Ethics Ruling that could prohibit him from running.
Republican Charles Baker is also running for governor for a second time, while independent Evan Falchuk has declared his candidacy.
Her entrance into the governor’s race will open up the attorney general’s office for contenders in 2014 in a race that could include Secretary of State William Galvin, a Democrat, and Republican Rep. Daniel Winslow, who ran in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate during a special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s seat.
Coakley suffered an upset loss to Brown in 2010 in her race for U.S. Senate following the death of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, costing Democrats an important seat in Congress with a campaign widely criticized from Boston to Washington D.C. for being complacent.