State Attorney General Martha Coakley threw herself headlong into the 2014 race for governor on Monday morning, discussing economic growth and education as she embarked on a campaign to wash out the sour taste of her 2010 U.S. Senate defeat.
Coakley made the first of six planned stops around Massachusetts on Monday at Dempsey’s Breakfast and Lunch in her hometown of Medford, showing up just before 8 a.m. with her husband Thomas O’Connor to greet morning diners before fielding questions about her new endeavor, acknowledging a “long, hard primary” ahead.
“I think that I am ready to both lead and listen to people in Massachusetts about what they want. I know we want to continue moving the economy forward, giving people economic opportunity, improving our educational system,” she said. “I’m going to do that as governor and I’m going to work every day to earn people’s respect and their vote.”
Coakley endorsed an extended school day, calling it “time to do that” after more than 15 years of discussion, and said “we’re going to take a look at everything” when it comes to paying for the program, including public-private partnerships. She said the state must work toward “better synergy” between government and the business and innovation sectors, applauding the decision by legislative leaders to repeal a new sales tax on software design services.
With visits to Brockton, Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford and Hyannis on Monday, Coakley has 18 stops planned over the next three days that will also take her from Newton and Boston to Pittsfield in her native Berkshires, and to the North Shore.
State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, who has worked closely with Ferrante on fishery issues, said she expects the AG-turned-gubernatorial candidate to visit Gloucester on Wednesday, at a time and site to be announced.