Deval Patrick Files For New Hampshire Democratic Primary

(Shari Small/WBZ NewsRadio)

CONCORD, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Businessman and former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has joined the crowded race of Democrats running for President in 2020.

Joined by his wife Diane, Patrick officially filed to put his name on the New Hampshire Democratic Primary ballot.

He says he's considered running for at least a year, but held off due to Diane's cancer.

"You know it's hard to break through if you're not a celebrity or if you're not sensational," Patrick said. "I'm neither of those things, but I have been worried that we have this amazing moment where the appetite for solutions that meet the big challenges we have is right there, and I don't want to see us miss that chance."

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Deval Patrick Announces 2020 Presidential Campaign

Patrick admits he's getting a later start than the other candidates, but said he didn't think that mattered much to voters.

"From the perspective of the voters, it's early," he said. "Voters, in some cases, are just tuning in and in many cases haven't made their decision. I'm not asking them to make their decision today, I'm asking them to give me a chance ... If running for president is a Hail Mary under any circumstances, this is like a Hail Mary from two stadiums over."

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh weighed in on Patrick's run:

Also commenting on Patrick's run was fellow former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney:

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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