BOSTON (State House News Service) — Without active opposition, Attorney General Maura Healey is cruising to the Democratic Party nomination for governor and plans to give a speech outlining her vision for the state between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Healey's plans include adding a Cabinet-level climate chief to lead clean energy efforts, addressing "local zoning barriers" to build more housing, putting new leadership in charge of the MBTA, ending state and local law enforcement involvement in federal immigration matters, and assessing the role of standardized testing in K-12 education.
Without the nicks that can be inflicted in a primary, or the benefits of competition over the past months, Healey in the general election campaign will face either former Rep. Geoff Diehl or businessman Chris Doughty, the Republicans facing off in Tuesday's GOP primary for governor. Both have tried to paint Healey as a leader of "radical" Democrats.
Unlike other candidates in competitive primaries, Healey's schedule Tuesday is clear of campaign events as she preps for her speech Tuesday night at the IBEW Local 103 headquarters on Freeport Street in Dorchester.
The only other event on her schedule was at the Lower Mills Library in Mattapan where she planned to greet volunteers at 8 a.m. and join Andrea Campbell at her voting location. Without an opponent, Healey has spent considerable time campaigning for Campbell, who is locked in a tight attorney general's primary with Shannon Liss-Riordan.
Healey's campaign said Tuesday morning that she voted by mail.
Written by Michael P. Norton/SHNS