Republican Governor Retiring, Won’t Seek Reelection

Republican Governor Retiring, Won't Seek Reelection

( – Many states in the northeast tend to lean heavily towards the political left, creating quite the liberal hub in that part of the nation. Despite Massachusetts’ Democratic leanings, its citizens have often voted in a Republican governor, such as the current man to hold the job, Charlie Baker. However, this two-term leader just announced he won’t seek reelection, now opening the field up to other candidates.

On Wednesday, December 1, Baker spoke with reporters about his decision to retire, emphasizing that he would rather “focus on recovery” from the pandemic than “on the grudge matches political campaigns can devolve into.” Baker made this announcement alongside Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, who also said she would not run. So far, only one Republican, businessman Geoff Diehl, has announced a run for the governorship.

As of now, the following Democrats are also vying for the soon-to-be-open seat:

  • Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Danielle Allen
  • State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz
  • Former State Senator Ben Downing

Other candidates will likely throw their hat in the ring as the moderate state decides whether it will stick with a Republican or lean more progressive in the coming years.

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