State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, announced a slate of
urban endorsements from all regions of the state on May 20, that he hoped would
solidify convention support next month and in the Democratic primary in September.
Melrose Mayor Bob Dolan, Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, and Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin, all threw their support behind Finegold, stating that he was the best person for the job.
“Finegold is exactly the kind of proven, forward-thinking leader we need as our next state treasurer,” said Curtatone. “He's spent 18 years hammering out budgets at the State House, pushed for clean energy and election laws reform legislation, and is also a small business owner. Along that journey he has consistently distinguished himself as someone who casts an eye toward the future.”
“Finegold is the right candidate for the job,” he said. “He grew up in public housing and he started his own small business. Barry has fought for every dollar in his pocket and will fight just the same for our state’s middle class families.”
Galvin said the two had “a great relationship” adding that the candidate understood “mayors and cities need to make things work, has been a good advocate and strong supporter of providing local aid.”
Bettencourt added, “He has demonstrated a solid grasp of the State’s financial picture and has pledged to be a steadfast protector of taxpayer dollars.”
Other mayors backing Finegold included Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, Methuen Mayor Stephen Zanni, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen, Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin, Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo, and West Springfield Mayor Edward Sullivan.
Finegold also received the endorsements of House Leaders Chairman Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset, and Majority Leader Ron Mariano, D-Quincy, according to a statement.
“I am happy to receive this support and that leaders beyond Beacon Hill also believe I’ll be a treasurer they can trust on issues important to their communities,” Finegold said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the Commonwealth when I become treasurer.”