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“The crises facing us require a public health response guided by and for the people."

2022 race for lieutenant governor is beginning to shape up

BOSTON (AP)

The 2022 race for lieutenant governor is beginning to shape up on Beacon Hill.

On the Democratic side Acton state Rep. Tami Gouveia and businessman Bret Bero are both stepping into the political waters.

Gouveia on Monday formally launched a bid for the office with a campaign video.

In the video, Gouveia — who grew up in Lowell — said as the state enters the second year of the pandemic, many families do not have the same protections that helped her parents enter the middle class.

“The crises facing us require a public health response guided by and for the people,” said Gouveia, who has a background in public health and founded the Massachusetts Chapter of the Women’s March, which opposed President Donald Trump’s policies.

Gouveia ticked off a series of policy initiatives she supports, including universal pre-kindergarten, Medicare for all, debt-free education, ending racist policies and backing the fight against climate change…