Attorney General Maura Healey, who made herself a national figure with lawsuits against the Trump administration and big corporations, formally launched her campaign for governor on Thursday, immediately becoming the race’s presumptive front-runner.
In her first public remarks as a gubernatorial candidate, the second-term Democrat pitched herself as an experienced public servant prepared to extend her purview from legal issues to kitchen-table ones,and get the Massachusetts economy “back on track.” And though she has built a reputation as a progressive, Healey resisted such labels on Thursday, instead striking a moderate tone that avoided calls for sweeping change.
“If something’s working, then let’s keep with it. And if it’s not working, let’s figure out what we need to do,” Healey, 50, said to a small crowd of media and supporters outside an East Boston MBTA station. The South End Democrat described that approach as her “general governing philosophy” and stressed the need to target specific problems, such as the cost of living and high-priced child care.