Healey and Campbell make their first joint campaign appearance for Governor, AG
“We write history. Are you ready to make history,” Campbell asked supporters during his appearance with Healey in Mattapan Square. Campbell represented the neighborhood during his six years on the Boston City Council.
“We are going to change the game,” she said.
Campbell’s competitors for the Democratic nomination in the race for attorney general are Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers’ rights lawyer, and Quentin Palfrey, a former assistant attorney general who won the endorsement of the state Democratic Party.
The primary is Sept. 6, but voting has already started for people voting by mail.
Palfrey’s campaign said he was attending events this weekend in Franklin, Bridgewater, Salem, Attleboro and Falmouth. He has racked up more than 300 endorsements, according to his campaign, including support for progressive organizations and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2222, which helps State House workers trying to unionize.
“This election is going to be decided by the voters,” a spokesperson for Palfrey said in a statement. “Voters want a people’s advocate who will stand up to the Supreme Court, who will fight for Medicare for All, who is backed by the Democratic Party and not funded by special interests.”
Liss-Riordan’s campaign manager, Jordan Meehan, said in a statement that she’s ‘focused on getting her message to voters and will spend every day until the polls close doing so. “.
“The fact is, she’s the only practicing attorney in this race for attorney general, and voters want someone who practices law to be the next AG,” he said. “We see it every day.”
The winner of the Democratic primary will face James R. McMahon III, the only Republican in the running. In 2018, he ran unsuccessfully against Healey, who garnered 70% of the vote to win a second term.
Healey is the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, after State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz of Jamaica Plain ended her candidacy in June. The Republican gubernatorial candidates are Geoff Diehl, a Donald Trump-backed conservative; and first-time contestant Chris Doughty, a Wrentham businessman.
Healey said she offered Campbell her endorsement unsolicited because she thought “Andrea is the best person to be the next attorney general, the people’s advocate.”
Campbell has the “courage and conviction” to take on powerful corporations, Healey said, and she has empathy for others drawn from her compelling life story. While poverty and incarceration shaped Campbell’s family history, she excelled academically, graduating from Boston Latin School, Princeton University, and UCLA Law School. . In 2012, her twin brother died while remanded in state custody. Three years later, she was elected to represent District 4 on the city council.
In 2020, she launched a bid for mayor but failed in the preliminary elections, finishing third behind fellow city council members Annissa Essaibi George and eventual winner Michelle Wu.
“She brings an incredible lived experience,” Healey told supporters. “And I know from her lived experience that she will be that much better placed to deliver to the people who need it most in this state.”
Shortly after, Campbell and Healey passed a woman on the sidewalk who told them she was homeless.
“I am Maura Healey. I want to be your governor. It’s Andrea Campbell. She wants to be your attorney general,” Healey told her.
“I read about you,” the woman told Campbell. Then she addressed Healey.
“I don’t know much about you, but your energy is really good,” she said.
Healey and Campbell then headed north to campaign at the city’s Open Streets event on Blue Hill Avenue, where they were joined by Councilwoman Ruthzee Louijeune.
Louijeune said Campbell spent years advocating for criminal law reform and social justice.
“I believe in his zealous advocacy,” she said. “She is relentless when it comes to our communities.”