By Aviva Luttrell | November 6, 2018
Incumbent Democrat Maura Healey has been reelected as the state’s Attorney General in a victory over Republican challenger James “Jay” McMahon during Tuesday’s midterm election.
Final results are not yet available, but Healey had a decisive lead.
“I loved being your attorney general, I am so lucky I get to do this job and I am so happy I get to do it for four more years,” she told a packed room at the Democratic Party’s election night celebration.
Healey was elected as the state’s Attorney General in 2014 and has repeatedly challenged the Trump administration’s policies in court, including the separation of immigrant families and the ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries.
Moving forward, Healey said she will continue to push for universal health care, environmental protections, gun control and battle the opioid epidemic.
“Tonight, I think about all the people that make this work possible. This starts with what has been my top priority, taking on the devastating opioid epidemic,” she said. “I want to thank the families who have been impacted by addiction and have worked with my office every step of the way.”
McMahon, a 64-year-old conservative Cape Cod lawyer, repeatedly criticized Healey during his campaign, saying the attorney general’s office has been used by “political activists from the extreme left.”
McMahon, whose son died of opioid addiction, said he hoped to institute “extreme prosecution” for crimes involving drugs, asking for the maximum legal sentence in every case.
He also opposed sanctuary-city policies for undocumented immigrants and taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding owners and sellers, saying government gun-control policies rarely reduce violence.
Healey’s goals include combating the opioid epidemic by investigating national drug companies and making opioid overdose-reversing Narcan widely available.
“Together, we’ve worked to change prescribing practices, to make Narcan available to first responders, to sue Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin,” she said. “For those families and for everyone we’ve lost, were going to keep fighting until everyone has the help and support they need.”
Healey also hopes to help students struggling under loan debt by taking predatory for-profit schools to court and stopping the sale of military-style weapons.
“We’re going to keep standing up to the NRA,” she said.
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