BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — After decades as a largely behind-the-scenes Democratic power broker, Steven Grossman gained his first personal political victory in 2010 when he was elected Massachusetts treasurer.
Four years later, the Newton resident is banking on liberal values, deep party ties and fundraising prowess to propel him into the governor’s office.
Grossman is among five Democrats, two Republicans and three independents vying to succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.
The 68-year-old Grossman served as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and later headed the national party during Bill Clinton’s second term as president.
He headed his family’s business, Grossman Marketing Group, for more than three decades.
He says job growth would be his top priority as governor and sees income inequality as a major challenge to the state.