2022 Massachusetts Primary Voter’s Guide: Lieutenant Governor

Democratic candidates

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Kimberley Driscoll

How would you describe the position you are applying for?

As Lieutenant Governor, in addition to serving as Chairman of the Governor’s Council and the Local Government Advisory Council, I will amplify the issues of Massachusetts cities and towns and be a strong partner and advocate. The success of municipalities relies on a strong state partner and the success of the Commonwealth relies on thriving neighbourhoods. Many of the most important issues we face, from education, housing and infrastructure to climate change, require action at the local level. I understand this relationship and hope to play an important role in operationalizing statewide policies in a way that also works for communities.

Why are you best suited for this role?

We need more local and real-world perspectives in state government. For 16 years, I have worked to implement policies from a people-centred perspective and learned what works and what doesn’t to improve people’s lives. As mayor, I’ve been a leadership, hands-on executive on some of our toughest issues, ranging from COVID response and recovery, to climate action, to housing affordability, public education and racial justice. I will bring this experience, this foresight and a willingness to work with key stakeholders and community leaders, to ensure that we rebuild a fair and inclusive Commonwealth.

Please list your top three priorities if you win.

My top three priorities will be supporting Governor Maura Healey with an effective, equitable, and collaborative COVID response and recovery, strengthening communities through housing affordability, and taking meaningful action to address the climate crisis.

Representative Tami Gouveia.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Tami Gouveia

How would you describe the position you are applying for?

As a social worker, mother and doctor of public health, I will be a new type of lieutenant governor. As LG, I will play a central role in solving our complex issues, from criminal justice and mental health to civil rights, climate, housing and child care. As Chair of the Board of Governors, I will ensure that we appoint judges who have the experience to deal with childhood trauma and systemic racism. I will work in partnership with municipal leaders to address the root causes of the challenges we face. I will bring my lived experience and my expertise to prioritize the health, well-being and dignity of everyone.

Why are you best suited for this role?

As a social worker and community organizer, I have supported working families because I understand the challenges they face. On day one, I will work to address the root causes of the complex economic issues we face. I will lead five task forces to ensure an equitable response to COVID, housing, mental health, child care and climate change. I will break the stagnant politics of the status quo to invest in our people and ensure that every person has the resources they need to thrive and keep our economy and communities on track.

Please list your top three priorities if you win.

Ensure a vibrant, diverse, and skilled mental health and social services workforce Build a green economy that provides well-paying jobs and reduced energy costs while meeting our state’s bold climate goals.

State Senator Eric Lesser.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Eric P. Lesser

How would you describe the position you are applying for?

Traffic, education costs, child care costs, housing – it’s getting harder and harder to live, raise a family and retire in Massachusetts. Living 90 miles from Beacon Hill, I know too many areas feel forgotten; I will work to connect us and give us all a voice. With women’s rights and gun safety under threat, oversight of judicial appointments is critical. My experience in the White House supporting the nominations of Justices Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan will be essential. I will use the office to make sure our progressive vision becomes a reality, and Maura Healey is the most effective governor in history.

Why are you best suited for this role?

The stages of working in President Obama’s Oval Office and representing my hometown for eight years in the State Senate gave me a powerful perspective on how to make government work for the people. I used this experience to stand up to big pharma and bring Narcan to the first responders fighting opioids. I’ve protected Springfield from polluters looking to install a dirty power plant near a low-income neighborhood, and helped small businesses survive during the pandemic. I worked alongside Maura Healey on behalf of Massachusetts families for years, most recently teaming up to fight Betsy DeVos and pass the Student Borrower Bill of Rights.

Please list your top three priorities if you win.

Transport, education and housing. Specifically, the expansion of rail service across the state to fight climate change, reduce traffic congestion and provide opportunity for every region. Ensure that each child is prepared for college or vocational training. And build attractive, accessible housing so families can afford to continue living here.

Republican candidates

Former Massachusetts State Representative Leah Allen.Steven Senne/Associated Press

Lea Allen

How would you describe the position you are applying for?

My role as Lieutenant Governor is to support the Governor’s efforts and share, as a partner, voter education.

Why are you best suited for this role?

I am a former state representative, a registered nurse, and a mother of two young children. I have experience in both the public and private sectors, and the priority is to make this Commonwealth better for our children.

Please list your top three priorities if you win.

Protect voters’ freedoms, children and wallets.

Kate Campanale.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Kate Campanale

How would you describe the position you are applying for?

In addition to the statutory requirements of the role of Lieutenant Governor, taking over in the Governor’s absence and chairing Governor’s Council meetings, I see this as partnering with the Governor to implement the priorities and goals of the Governor. ‘administration. Additionally, under a Doughty administration, the Lieutenant Governor will be a direct liaison to our cities and towns, as has been the most recent tradition. Finally, we will seek to expand the role of the Lieutenant Governor to include oversight of the Office of Travel and Tourism; to improve the economic development of what comes from our history and our natural beauty.

Why are you best suited for this role?

It is my vast experience and the partnership with my running mate that makes me the ideal candidate for the position of Lieutenant Governor. For the past 12 years, I’ve held legislative positions in Washington, DC, and here in Boston, crafting laws and understanding the importance of constituent services. In 2014, I became the first woman elected to represent Worcester’s 17th District, which includes the City of Leicester and the City of Worcester. It was while serving in the Legislative Assembly that I learned the importance of working across party lines and taking a pragmatic approach to problem solving.

Please list your top three priorities if you win.

My priority is to help make Massachusetts an affordable place to live for all of our residents. Soaring prices for housing, electricity and basic necessities have hurt those on limited incomes trying to make ends meet. Our high cost of living means that young couples and college graduates end up leaving the state. We cannot continue down the path of population loss and expect prosperity.

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