Democrats endorse Gonzalez-Palfrey ticket, back Zakim over Galvin at Worcester convention

Democratic State Convention delegates at the DCU Center June 2 endorsed Jay Gonzalez for governor and Quentin Palfrey for lieutenant governor, and in a rebuff to longtime incumbent William Galvin, backed Josh Zakim for secretary of state.

Gonzalez, of Needham, who served as secretary of administration and finance under Gov. Deval Patrick, received 70 percent of the delegate vote to win the endorsement for governor.

A rival candidate for governor, Bob Massie, of Somerville, an environmental activist, author and Episcopal priest who was Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 1994, received 30 percent of the delegate vote and earned a place on the primary ballot.

Convention endorsements go to statewide candidates who receive a majority vote of the delegates. But any candidate who receives 15 percent of delegate votes earns a place on the ballot for the Sept. 4 primary, which will decide the nominees for the general election on Nov. 6.

Winning the endorsement for lieutenant governor was Palfrey, a Weston resident and Southborough native who was a senior adviser to the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy under President Barack Obama.

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