Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidates Raise Campaign Money
BOSTON (AP) – With the election still over a year away, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates – both those already in the running and those still on the fence – have started stockpiling money for the countryside.
But two with the biggest reservations are not yet officially in office – Republican Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito and Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey. Polito’s decision likely hinges on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to run for a third term next year.
In total, Baker had over $ 524,000 in cash available in his campaign account at the start of July. In June, Baker raised nearly $ 91,000, which is more than double its next highest month this year and its second highest monthly total since January 2020.
His lieutenant governor’s campaign tally topped his at $ 2.2 million, more than four times as much in cash.
In June, Polito raised around $ 157,000, more than double its next highest month this year and almost double what Baker raised in the same month. Polito has regularly raised funds on Baker each month this year.
Baker again declined to say on Wednesday whether he would run for a third consecutive four-year term, although he did signal that a final decision might not be so far away.
“This is something the lieutenant governor and I have spoken to our families about and we will definitely make a decision on it soon,” Baker told reporters at an unrelated event in Springfield.
Baker also cautioned against any attempt to size a campaign more than a year before voters went to the polls.
“Anyone who thinks they understand the dynamics of a particular political campaign this far, well, their crystal ball is way better than mine,” Baker said.
If he decides to run, Baker will face a main GOP challenge from fellow Republican Geoff Diehl, a former state official. Diehl announced his candidacy this weekend.
If Baker chooses not to run for a third term, Polito is seen as a likely Republican candidate.
Of the three declared Democratic candidates, Harvard University professor Danielle Allen has got off to a good start on fundraising. In June, she raised more than $ 102,000 in campaign donations – her highest monthly tally this year – bringing her total cash available to nearly $ 340,000.
Another candidate, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, raised more than $ 33,000 in June, her highest total since January 2020, long before she announced her candidacy. Chang-Diaz now has a balance of nearly $ 233,000 in his campaign account.
Former state senator Ben Downing, the first Democrat to announce a race earlier this year, said he raised more than $ 39,000 in June, bringing his campaign balance to over $ 117,000.
Another Democrat seen as a possible gubernatorial candidate – Healey – would start with a significant war chest if she decided to run.
Healey brought in over $ 3.1 million in his campaign account at the end of June.
If she decides to run, Healey would be the latest in a string of Massachusetts attorneys general in decades to run for the state’s highest political office. None of these previous campaigns have been successful.
Massachusetts, despite its liberal reputation, has yet to elect a female governor.
Other statewide officials – all Democrats – have reported healthy campaign hiding places, should they decide to get re-elected.
Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin declared more than $ 1.8 million in his campaign account, while state treasurer Deborah Goldberg declared more than $ 179,000.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump, who only had $ 53,000 in her account, has already announced that she will not be running again. Two Democratic candidates – transport advocate Chris Dempsey and Gov. Advisor Eileen Duff – have announced their candidacies for the seat.