BOSTON (AP) — Jay Gonzalez has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Massachusetts.
ELECTION RESULTS: Massachusetts Primary
Gonzalez served as secretary of Administration and Finance under former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick. He defeated longtime political activist Robert Massie in Tuesday’s primary.
“It was getting the message out to the folks that our name wasn’t going to appear on the ballot, but also meeting and greeting people at their homes, bringing the stickers to their homes, and also educating them on how to place the sticker,” Gonzalez told 22News.
There are no Republican candidates in the general election.
The Democratic National Committee sent 22News this statement on Gonzalez’s win on behalf of DNC Chair Tom Perez:
“Congratulations to gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzales and all of the Democratic candidates who won today’s primary races in Massachusetts, including 7th Congressional District nominee Ayanna Pressley. With Pressley’s historic nomination tonight, Massachusetts is one step closer to sending its first-ever African American woman to Congress. I know this fantastic slate of Democratic candidates will work tirelessly for the state’s working families, and Massachusetts voters know these Democrats have their back and share their values.
“The DNC was proud to invest $50,000 in the Massachusetts Democratic Party to help boost the state party’s organizing capacity in communities across the state. We look forward to continuing to partner with the Massachusetts Democrats to support our candidates up and down the ticket as we march together toward victory in 2018.”
Both candidates stressed a progressive agenda that included universal health care coverage, stronger protection for immigrants and increased investment for transportation and education.
Gonzalez says incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has failed to achieve tangible progress in improving the performance of the Boston-area’s aging transit system or in narrowing the state’s educational achievement gap.
The 47-year-old Ohio native has lived in Massachusetts since 1998.
Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of you who supported us tonight & these last 19 months. Rest tonight ‘cause tomorrow it’s back to work!— Jay Gonzalez (@jay4ma) September 5, 2018