State House News Service
WORCESTER, MASS., JUNE 2, 2018…..Pledging to win back the corner office in November on behalf of the “little guys” who fight for their beliefs, Democrat Jay Gonzalez on Saturday accepted his party’s endorsement for governor, giving the former state budget chief a lift coming out of the Democratic convention in a primary in which neither candidate has been able to separate themselves as a frontrunner.
Both Gonzalez, of Needham, and Somerville environmentalist and entrepreneur Bob Massie won sufficient support to earn a spot on the primary ballot, but it was Gonzalez who secured the party endorsement to demonstrate a degree of momentum. As they have done so far on the campaign trail, the two men focused most of their attention on Republican incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker and his party.
“People are going to start to understand that there’s a choice in this election, and we don’t have to tolerate mediocrity in the governor’s office, a governor who is not doing anything to move Massachusetts forward,” Gonzalez told reporters after the votes were announced, flanked by nodding supporters in fluorescent yellow t-shirts.
Gonzalez, who served as budget chief under Gov. Deval Patrick before leaving to run the health insurer CeltiCare, took in 70.4 percent of the vote, or 2,872 delegates of the 4,080 who voted in the governor’s race. Massie won 29.6 percent, or 1,208 delegates. Fifty-nine delegates abstained.
In his speech to thousands of delegates at the DCU Center, Gonzalez looked beyond the Sept. 4 Democratic primary to November’s general election, which he said would be “a choice between someone who is only there for the privileged and the powerful, and someone who will fight for the little guy.”