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“The way that problems manifest can be similar in different parts of the state, but the solutions will be very different. We need to be very focused on what’s going to help people in their community be able to make the decisions around those solutions.”

State Rep. Tami Gouveia, candidate for lieutenant governor, centers public health background in visit to Western Mass.

CUMMINGTON — Seeking the second-highest position in Massachusetts’ executive branch, state Rep. Tami Gouveia says she brings an approach that puts families and their health at the center.

A Democrat running for lieutenant governor in 2022, Gouveia has served in the Massachusetts House since 2019 after a 25-year career in public health and social work. Her campaign calls for expanding access to housing and health care, including through establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts. The Acton resident, who earned a doctorate in public health from Boston University in 2020, also wants to ramp up public investments in education, the social safety net and jobs that align with a clean energy transition.