Kayyem hopes to beat odds to become Mass. governor

In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, Juliette Kayyem poses at her home in Cambridge, Mass. Kayyem, a Democrat and former Homeland Security official at the state and national levels, is seeking the Massachusetts governor's office in 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, Juliette Kayyem poses at her home in Cambridge, Mass. Kayyem, a Democrat and former Homeland Security official at the state and national levels, is seeking the Massachusetts governor's office in 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

 BOSTON (AP) — Juliette Kayyem is quick to concede she faces a series of tough challenges as she tries to become the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts.

Two of the tallest hurdles for the 44-year-old Cambridge Democrat include increasing her name recognition and raising the millions needed to mount a successful statewide campaign.

But her most immediate challenge is rounding up the delegates required to get on the primary ballot in September. She needs the backing of at least 15 percent of delegates at the June 14 Democratic convention in Worcester.

Despite the challenges and the presence of better-known Democrats in the race, Kayyem says she’s in it for the long haul.

The daughter of Lebanese immigrants is a former Homeland Security official for Gov. Deval Patrick and President Barack Obama.

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press

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