Q&A #2: Who Wants To Be Lieutenant Governor?

“Glenn” asks:

Do you see one of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates becoming an LG or AG candidate?

“Steven Liebowitz” adds:

Similar to Glenn’s, do you see or hear anyone else jumping in the LG race?

Glenn’s question might refer to the persistent speculation, or as I call it “wishful thinking,” that Juliette Kayyem will gracefully remove herself from the gubernatorial field, shifting to the lieutenant governor or attorney general race, so as to not pull women’s votes from Martha Coakley in the Democratic primary. Kayyem has made very clear to me that she’s in for governor through the February Democratic caucuses, and I believe her. At that point she might drop out, if the caucuses go poorly for her, but it will be too late for her to join another race.

So no, I don’t see that happening, and I think some of the people who are trying not-too-subtly to push Kayyem out should really shut this kind of talk down, because Democratic activists could react quite badly to any perception that Coakley is trying to muscle out someone who threatens to take support from her. (I’m also not sure it’s good analysis—I think it’s just as likely that multiple candidates splitting the not-Coakley vote next September is good for her, regardless of gender.)

Nor do I see any desire or opportunity for either Joe Avellone or Don Berwick to leave the big race until circumstances force them out.

However, to Steven’s query, I think it’s very likely that at least one more candidate will jump into the Democratic lieutenant governor field. (I assume you meant the Democratic field, as there is no Republican LG field yet.) Rumors have it that Felix Arroyo could jump in, or perhaps Ayanna Pressley. There are other possibilities out there. But I would caution that I am not convinced that a late entrant would have that easy a time swiping the nomination away—I think Steve Kerrigan is potentially beatable, but pretty formidable.

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  • Matt L. Barron

    Whately Select Board member Jonathan Edwards eyes run for lieutenant governor


    Gazette Contributing Writer

    Thursday, November 14, 2013
    (Published in print: Friday, November 15, 2013)



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    WHATELY — Select Board member Jonathan Edwards is exploring a run for lieutenant governor as a Democrat.

    It would be the longtime board member’s first time running for state office.

    Edwards does not have an official campaign set up yet nor has he decided whether he will run for state office, but he said he is “looking very seriously at it.” Edwards said he will make an announcement soon.

    He said has spent the past few months talking to several political observers to get a sense of what type of support he would have if he did make a run. So far, Edwards said, he has received a positive reaction.

    If he wins, Edwards said he would work to build collaboration across the 351 communities in the state to improve services.

    “The office of lieutenant governor is the office that should be the voice and ears of the cities and towns of Massachusetts,” Edwards said. “The lieutenant governor is in a unique situation to really help cities and towns tackle the challenges they face.”

    As a four-term Select Board member with a background in business, energy and regional partnerships, Edwards said he can bring a valuable skill set to the office.

    Edwards is co-founder of SmartPower, a national nonprofit marketing firm that promotes clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. From 2002 to 2012, he telecommuted to the Washington, D.C., offices of SmartPower.

    Edwards now runs Pioneering Strategies, based from his Whately home. The marketing firm also promotes renewable energy.

    Edwards has served on the Whately Select Board since 2004.

    In 1991, Edwards worked on former Congressman John Olver’s campaign. In 1992, he worked on the presidential election campaign of Paul Tsongas, a former U.S. senator.

    As a potential candidate from western Massachusetts, Edwards said he would have “the distinct privilege of introducing western Massachusetts to other parts of the state.”

    “By working together, this state can continue to expand its economy, fight for environmental justice and create communities where people can live, work and play where they want,” Edwards said.

    The Democratic primary for the lieutenant governor is next September.

    He would run independently from the candidates for governor.

    Nomination papers will be released after Jan. 1, Edwards said. Candidates need to gain 10,000 signatures and receive 15 percent of the vote at the state Democratic convention to get their name on the primary ballot