By Shannon Young | June 1, 2018
WORCESTER — Arguing that the 2018 election will determine what kind of state Massachusetts wants to be, Attorney General Maura Healey urged Democrats Friday to continue standing with her and helping her fight for the people of the commonwealth.
Healey, in a speech before delegates attending the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s 2018 convention at the DCU Center in Worcester, touted her efforts to fight back against President Donald Trump and Republicans’ “attacks” on clean energy, education and democracy.
Despite that work, the attorney general stressed that more must be done. She urged delegates to stand with her and other Democrats who are running this fall.
“This isn’t just about one race or one election. This is about what kind of state – and what kind of country – we want to be,” she told convention-goers. “The fact is, right now too many people, from Leominster to Lynnfield, Bourne to Buckland, are unsure what the next few years will bring. They’re worried – about their future, their families, and their country.”
Healey said she has heard from people across Massachusetts who are concerned about prejudice and discrimination, college affordability, opioid abuse and school shootings.
Those issues, she argued, are the “the true work of the Democratic Party” and why delegates gathered in Worcester Friday.
Taking aim at Gov. Charlie Baker, Healey stressed action and leadership is needed in Massachusetts.
“Time and again, the governor retreats to poll-tested safety rather than taking on the tough fights and leading. Playing it safe doesn’t get the job done,” she said. “We know we can do better.”
Healey argued that Massachusetts can do better when it comes to addressing infrastructure, education costs and other issues.
“Democrats, are you ready to stand up? Will you stand up to make sure we end this opioid crisis once and for all? Will you stand up and vote ‘yes’ for civil rights and transgender equality this fall?” she said. “Will you stand up to make sure those at the very top pay their fair share? Will you stand up to protect every kid in every school from gun violence?”
Healey promised delegates she “will always stand with” them, adding that together they will ” elect a Democratic governor who is ready to lead, not follow.”
“We’re going to re-elect Elizabeth Warren to the United States Senate. We’re going to take back Congress. And in two years, we’re going to fire Donald Trump!” she said.
Healey was among a handful of speakers to address delegates who attended day one of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s annual convention.
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