BOSTON (SHNS) – Seventeen days after jumping in, Gloucester Democrat Eileen Duff on Friday withdrew from the 2022 state auditor race, citing a “family health situation” that left her unable to justify the time commitment of a statewide run.
Duff, who serves on the Governor’s Council, announced her plans to run on May 25, hours after Auditor Suzanne Bump confirmed she would not seek reelection next year.
Since then, Methuen Democrat Sen. Diana DiZoglio has also declared her candidacy, and Transportation for Massachusetts Executive Director Chris Dempsey has started fundraising for an auditor’s campaign.
In a statement, Duff said she looks forward “to continuing the important work at the Governor’s Council for the years to come.” The eight seats on the council, which vets gubernatorial nominees for judgeships, are also up for election in 2022.
“I wish all of the luck to the other candidates running,” Duff said of the auditor’s race. “It is already shaping up to be a talented field and the Democratic party is lucky to have so many thoughtful contenders. Auditor Bump is leaving a tremendous legacy behind and it is so vital to build on the great work she has done to ensure taxpayer money is protected and that our agencies are adopting best practices and functioning at their highest capacity.”
Duff’s campaign announcement last month included statements of support from Reps.
Tram Nguyen of Andover and Tom Walsh of Peabody, Governor’s Councilor Mary Hurley of Springfield, and Jacquetta Van Zandt, vice president of development at The Partnership, Inc.