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“When I was a kid, my community and our government had our back. I'm running for Lieutenant Governor to make sure we have yours."

Tami Gouveia announces campaign for Massachusetts lieutenant governor

By Matt Murphy | State House News Service

Progressive Democratic Rep. Tami Gouveia kicked off her campaign for lieutenant governor on Monday, calling for universal pre-kindergarten, debt-free higher education and Medicare for All as she became the first to jump into the 2022 field.

Gouveia, who was first elected to the Legislature in 2018, released a video announcing her candidacy that focused on her upbringing in Lowell and the role government played in helping her family climb into the middle class. “When I was a kid, my community and our government had our back. I’m running for Lieutenant Governor to make sure we have yours,” Gouveia said.

On Friday, it was reported that Gouveia had been calling House colleagues informing them of her decision to run for lieutenant governor rather than seek reelection to a third term next year.

The Acton Democrat recently earned her doctorate degree in public health, and in her announcement she highlighted the work she has done to fight substance abuse and climate change and to defend LGBTQ and women’s reproductive rights. “The crises facing us require a public health response guided by and for the people,” Gouveia said.

The electoral landscape is slowly taking shape for 2022, and the race for lieutenant governor on the Democratic side is wide open.

Many Democrats with ambitions for statewide office are waiting to see what incumbents like Attorney General Maura Healey, Secretary of State William Galvin and Treasurer Deb Goldberg decide to do…