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Jay Gonzalez, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, said Monday that if he is elected, he would voluntarily make the governor’s office subject to the Massachusetts public records law.

He would also push for legislation to require the governor to respond to public records requests.

“Access to government records, documents and meetings allow the public and the media to more fully understand the work of government and how and why our elected leaders make the decisions they do,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “If I am elected Governor, I will voluntarily comply with the state’s public records laws, and I will file legislation to broaden the scope of those laws and end the Governor’s office exemption once and for all.”

Massachusetts governors have considered their offices exempt from the state’s public records law since a 1997 court decision related to the Judicial Nominating Council. Gov. Charlie Baker has continued to follow that precedent.

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