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September 5, 2013

Baker enters governor race with 'upbeat' campaign

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He also said he didn’t do a good enough job painting a picture for voters about what life in Massachusetts would be like under a Baker administration. “I think it’s really important to be able to project a vision for what you think the future should be all about ... We didn’t do it well enough,” Baker said last month during a Herald radio interview.

Both those learned lessons seemed to be addressed in his introductory video as he talked about family, being a “good husband” and a “loving and responsible” father and offering an aspirational vision for Massachusetts rather than trying to harness any frustration in the electorate with the current state of government.

“I care about our community where we’ve raised our family, and being a good son and brother. And, as corny as that may sound, that’s exactly why I want to be your governor,” Baker said in the video.

Born in Needham, Baker graduated from with an English degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

“Charlie Baker’s plan to create jobs, deliver a great education to every child and promote stronger and safer communities sets him apart as the one candidate investing in the families of Massachusetts. The 2014 election presents the opportunity to change the culture of corruption and abuse in state government and restore balance on Beacon Hill,” MassGOP chairwoman Kirsten Hughes said in a statement, without specifying any plan details.

Rob Eno, a conservative Republican blogger, said he was “beyond excited” to work to elect Baker, and said he hoped the candidate understood the importance of building the minority GOP ranks of the Legislature in 2014.

One of the first additions to Baker’s campaign team is MassGOP spokesman Tim Buckley. Communications consultant Will Keyser, who previously served as communications director to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and chief of staff for former Democratic Congressman Martin Meehan, will also be an advisor to the campaign, according to a Baker campaign source. Will Ritter, a veteran of the Mitt Romney, Brown and Gomez campaigns, will work as media advisor to the party in Buckley’s absence.

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