BOSTON (WWLP) — Maura Healey will be the new governor of Massachusetts. She easily defeated her Republican challenger, Geoff Diehl.
Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito met with Governor-elect Maura Healey and Lt. Governor-elect Kim Driscoll at the State House and provided a media availability at 1:30 p.m.
A major step for the LGBTQ community as Maura Healey claims victory to become the first lesbian governor in the nation. She spoke to her supporters who helped her make history Tuesday night. It has been a campaign where poll after poll has shown her ahead in both the primary and the general election.
Tuesday night, she announced her commitment to the state, saying she will be a governor for everyone whether you voted for her or not, promising to make Massachusetts more affordable, strengthen infrastructure and bring more clean energy to the state. Also promising to uphold protections for abortion access.
Quickly after the announcement of Healey’s projects victory, a Diehl representative took the stage and said the night is not over yet. Diehl’s campaign said the race was called too early to be sure.
Massachusetts is an overwhelmingly blue state, and for Diehl to have clinched the governorship, he would have had to convince a majority of independents and maybe even some democrats to vote for him.
Diehl alongside his running mate Leah Cole Allen ran on a platform of making Massachusetts more affordable, undoing vaccine mandates and what they are calling “parental rights.” However, that was not enough to win against progressive democrat Maura Healey and Kim Driscoll.
Geoff Diehl (R)
Diehl is a former State Senator from Whitman is a small business owner and a father.
Diehl, who launched an unsuccessful challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018, revealed the decision on a website that outlines a series of policy steps he’d push for if elected including lower taxes, help for small businesses, and opposition to new regulations aimed at police.
He also served as co-chair for former president Donald Trump’s Massachusetts 2016 presidential campaign.
Maura Healey (D)
Massachusetts’ Attorney General announced her candidacy in January 2022 and was the lone Democrat on the May primary ballot.
Healey has also fought to protect abortion rights around the country, sued opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma and took on student loan companies that she thought were taking advantage of borrowers.
Healey says she will focus on getting our economy back on track, making child care more affordable, modernizing our schools so every child learns in a safe and sustainable environment, and addressing the climate crisis.
Kevin Reed (Libertarian)
The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts announced that Kevin Reed has been nominated to be the party’s official nominee for governor.
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