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September 5, 2013

Baker enters governor race with 'upbeat' campaign


On the Democratic side, Treasurer Steve Grossman, former Obama Medicare chief Donald Berwick, biotech executive Joe Avellone, and former Patrick and Obama homeland security advisor Juliette Kayyem have all announced campaigns for governor, while Sen. Daniel Wolf’s campaign has been suspended pending the outcome of a dispute with the state Ethics Commission.

Patrick wished Baker well, but would not say whether Baker could win over the current field of Democrats.

“Good for him. What can I say. I wish him well. Not too well, but well,” Patrick said after an event in Watertown. “I’m going to support the Democratic nominee because so far what I have seen out of the other party is a return to the past rather than a look to the future and I think all of the candidates, prospective candidates on the Democratic side, have been talking about and focused on how we move from where we are to even better times and I’ve been proud of what we’ve been able to do in the last six-and-a-half years and will do over the remaining year and half and I want to see a lot of that continue.”

Independent Evan Falchuk is also a candidate for governor.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone are also weighing possible runs.

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