Candidates make early moves in gov’s. race

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, who represents about half of Boston in the state Senate, has joined two other candidates in the 2022 race for Massachusetts governor.

Though Gov. Charlie Baker has not indicated whether he will run again, two others have entered the ring so far: Danielle Allen, a Harvard professor, and Ben Downing, a former Western Massachusetts senator.

Chang-Diaz is known for her progressive stands in the Senate, supporting criminal justice reform and landing crucial education funding. She is running on the platform of “urgency,” saying in her campaign video that too many lawmakers on Beacon Hill drag their feet. As governor, Chang-Diaz says, she will continue to push for a millionaires tax and fight to close the racial wealth gap.

Chang-Diaz is the first Latina in the Senate and would be the first elected woman governor of Massachusetts. (Former Lt. Gov. Jane Swift assumed the governor role from


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