Massachusetts Democrats flock to annual state convention

Senator Elizabeth Warren is up for re-election in 2018

State budget writers convened Monday for a hearing with economic experts as part of a first step in determining how much revenue Massachusetts can expect work with in crafting the fiscal 2018 budget next year.[Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Democrats flocked to their annual state convention to debate a new party platform and strategize ways to unseat Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

The proposed Massachusetts Democratic Party platform calls for a single-payer health care system, free tuition at the state’s public colleges and universities, and a $15 per hour minimum wage.

More than 5,000 delegates were expected to attend the Saturday convention in Worcester.

The three announced Democratic candidates for governor — Newton Mayor Setti Warren, environmental activist Robert Massie, and Jay Gonzalez, a budget official under former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick — will address delegates.

Baker, who remains popular in polls of Massachusetts voters, faces re-election next year.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey addressed the convention. Warren is up for re-election in 2018.

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