Gubernatorial hopefuls schedule Greenfield stop

Recorder Staff
Friday, December 22, 2017

The three announced Democratic hopefuls for governor are scheduled to appear in a forum planned for Jan. 6 at Greenfield Middle School.

The forum, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., is being sponsored by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution along with the the Democratic town committees of Ashfield, Colrain, Erving, Greenfield, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Shelburne, Shutesbury and Sunderland.

Scheduled to take questions from the coordinating committee of the progressive political organization, as well as the audience, are Jay Gonzalez of Brookline, Bob Massie and Setti Warren, who seek to challenge Republican incumbent Charlie Baker’s bid for a second term as governor.

Gonzalez, who was secretary of administration and finance during the Deval Patrick administration, is former chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care and was most recently president and CEO of CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families.

Massie is an environmental activist and entrepreneur  who ran the Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston and had led the social change organization, New Economy Coalition. He was also the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 1994, and was a candidate for lieutenant governor, in 2011 before dropping 0ut to support Elizabeth Warren.

Warren, who worked in the Clinton White House and as deputy director of Sen. John Kerry’s Boston office, as well as working on Kerry’s presidential campaign and serving as New England regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been mayor of Newton since 2010. 

“We’re pretty excited about it,” said Ferd Wulkan, a FCCPR’s coordinating committee member, adding that the forum is designed to draw distinctions among the gubernatorial candidates and draw out the candidate best able to mobilize voters for next November’s election.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m.