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Gov. hopeful Grossman plans visit to Orange on Friday

ORANGE — State Treasurer Steve Grossman, who is running for Democratic nomination for governor, will visit the Second Franklin District Friday morning at the Millers River Café on South Main Street.

The 45-minute campaign stop begins at 9. Grossman will share an overview of his policy positions and priorities, including revitalizing rural economic development, communities, tourism, and manufacturing and then answer questions and hear perspectives from attendees. The meeting is open to the public.

Following this meeting, Grossman will meet with the district’s state representative, Democrat Denise Andrews of Orange who said they will review work occurring on an initiative for repurposing mill buildings.

“I am very interested and committed to having the interested candidates for governor and statewide offices come to the district and learn about our communities and priorities,” Andrews said in announcing Grossman’s visit. “Also, it is imperative that voters get a chance to meet each of the candidates to get firsthand data on them as an individual and on their ideas and perspectives,” said Andrews. “We have an excellent partnership with Governor Patrick and I want to ensure that we establish an effective partnership with our next governor. This is fundamentally important as we seek to advance policy changes and to secure equity in district investments across economic development , tourism, transportation, infrastructure, education and human services.”

“Revitalizing manufacturing and investing in our workforce to close the skills gap are critical ingredients to economic development in Franklin County,” said Grossman. “I look forward to discussing my progressive agenda to create widespread economic growth that leaves no one and no region behind.”

Grossman took office as state treasurer in 2011 after a long career as a small businessman, philanthropist and political activist.

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