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Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat, and once top aide to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, believes now is the time to take bold political action.

LONGMEADOW – Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat, and once top aide to former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, believes now is the time to take bold political action.

Gonzalez, who announced his run for Massachusetts governorship in January, spoke at a caucus at the Greenwood Children’s Center in Longmeadow on Wednesday night, laying out the case for why is a worthy challenger to incumbent Charlie Baker.

Gonzalez, who has considerable experience in both the public and private sectors, served during the Patrick years as an administration and finance secretary.

He also recently resigned from his position as CEO and president of Celticare Health–a healthcare provider based in Waltham–saying he wanted to pursue “other professional opportunities,” which many interpreted as a reference to his bid for the governorship.

On Wednesday night, Gonzalez received cheers from audience members as he spoke about the need to stand up to Republican President Donald Trump, as well as to fight for the rights of immigrants and everyday people.

“Now more than ever we need a governor who is going to stand up for every single person and make it crystal clear that hate and discrimination are not okay,” Gonzalez said.

The candidate emphasized his family roots–how his mother’s profession as a public school teacher and his father’s experience as an immigrant from Spain–helped form his own sympathy for outsiders and underdogs.

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