Grossman visits Northampton Arts Trust on Friday

Grossman's chief competition is Attorney General Martha Coakley

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – As the 2014 election season gears up, state candidates are making stops across Massachusetts. 22News is working for you in Northampton, where gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman made a visit.

Steve Grossman is the current state Treasurer, but he’s running for Governor, and on Friday visited the Northampton Arts Trust.

It’s on Hawley Street. Treasurer Grossman was accompanied by Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.

Friday’s stop came after campaign stops in Westfield and Holyoke. The Arts Trust in Northampton has a goal of preserving the culture of creativity and art that Northampton is known for.

They strive for affordable and accessible space to display art in the downtown. Treasurer Grossman told 22News a vibrant culture of arts can help the economy.

“What I’ve said publicly is that as Governor I want to work with the legislature to double the budget of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Double it. Arts is an economic driver. Arts creates jobs. We have well over 100,000 in Massachusetts who work in the creative economy and this is a place that will put an exclamation mark on that,” said Grossman.

Treasurer Grossman is a Democrat who’s chief party competition is Attorney General Martha Coakley. Grossman won the most delegate support of any Democratic candidate at the recent state party convention in Worcester.

After visiting Northampton, Grossman went to Chicopee to meet residents at a community picnic.

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