By William Pennington
The Martin Institute at Stonehill College hosted the three candidates vying to be the next State Treasurer and two candidates vying to be the next Attorney General during two forums held last night.
The Treasurer’s forum was moderated by Rick Holmes of Metrowest Daily News and included Janet Wu of WCVB-TV Boston, Peter Kadzis of WGBH-TV Boston and Paul Crocetti of the Waltham News Tribune as panelist.
Current State Treasurer Steve Grossman is not running for reelection after an unsuccessful bid for Governor. Goldberg who defeated State Senator Barry Finegold and State Representative Tom Conroy last month in three way primary is running against Republican Mike Heffernan of Wellesley and Arlington resident Ian Jackson of the Green-Rainbow Party.
“It’s really an executive function and you want someone who has a business background in an area with diverse business models,” said Goldberg. Touting her experience as a businesswomen. “The way the Treasurer’s office has been constructed is not just thinking about the physical issues that face the Commonwealth but you do want someone who has that background,” said the former Chairman of the Brookline Board of Selectmen.
“Massachusetts has a very unique set up,” said Heffernan. “Massachusetts has six constitutional offices,” he continued, “and they report to the people and that means that running the credit of the state of Massachusetts,” he said, “should not be subject to the legislature or the Governor, it becomes a very important role,” he said referring to the Treasurers office.
“I’m a software engineer professionally but before that I’ve been a tree planter and also a lobstermen,” said Jackson, “having an elected position gives you a bully pulpit to speak on issues and as a preachers kid I can use such a pulpit.”
The three candidates had mixed views about casinos coming to Massachusetts, a question the will appear on the ballot in November. Heffernan said he does not support repealing the casino law which will allow three casinos to operate in Massachusetts. “I will be voting no on repealing casinos, I believe that we need the economic help that comes with casinos,” said Heffernan. Goldberg said she, “supports repealing casinos,” as did Jackson.
The candidates were also asked a lightning round of questions, including a question about whether or not they play the lottery. Goldberg said she did not, Jackson said he occasionally played, and Heffernan said he had a “two dollar winning lottery ticket in his back pocket!”
The Attorney General’s forum was moderated by Chazy Dowaliby, editor of The Patriot Ledger and The Enterprise. The panelist for the forum were Ed Donga of The Enterprise, Janet Wu, and Adam Reilly of WGBH-Boston.
Current Attorney General Martha Coakley is not running for re-election to run for Governor. Maura Healey, an attorney, from Boston, who defeated former State Senator Warren Tolman is running against Republican John Miller.
Miller went after Healey hard trying to label her as Beacon Hill insider, “she has worked on Beacon Hill for the last 7 years,” said Miller. Healey fought back saying, “I’m proud of the work I’ve done protecting the people of Massachusetts in the Attorney’s General Office,” referring to the 7 years she worked as an Assistant Attorney General under the Martha Coakley.
The two candidates were asked if they would ever consider a run for Governor. Miller said, “absolutely not, I don’t want to be Governor, I’m running for Attorney General,” Healey did not rule it out saying, “I want to be elected as Attorney General and hopefully re-elected in four years.”
There were two things the candidates could agree on, both picked the television show Law and Order over NCIS and said that Tom Brady should remain quarterback.
Massachusetts voters will go the polls on Tuesday, November 5 to vote for Attorney General and Treasurer.