As you may have heard, today I announced my candidacy for Governor of Massachusetts. I am committed to running a grassroots campaign in the truest sense of the word, and I look forward to engaging with you, answering your questions and most importantly reading your feedback in the days ahead.
First, a bit about me.
Twenty-five years ago, as a young mechanic and pilot, a handful of people joined me to start an airline. With one plane, six employees, and one route, we created Cape Air. Through hard work and a collaborative spirit, we grew. Today Cape Air is an employee-owned company with more than 1000 people, still headquartered in Massachusetts, serving communities around the world. That’s my American Dream. Bootstrap a company, create hundreds of good jobs, build a great life in Massachusetts, share that success with the people I work with, and support the communities we’re proud to serve. I am also proud of my work in the State Senate, where I have worked tirelessly on the progressive causes that so many of you care about.
As a business person and entrepreneur, I know that government cannot solve all our problems. But it can and should help define a vision for our future, a vision of economic and social justice, and then make investments to ensure that every kid has a chance to reach her full potential.
I’m running for Governor because I understand that while I was building Cape Air, our economy has not served all of us well. Our great wealth, our common wealth, has been concentrated in the hands of fewer people, literally at the expense of our middle class and working neighbors who built this country but have been forced to accept less and work more. That has to change, and that will change, when we reaffirm the values that made our nation the great hope of working people everywhere, when we rebuild our middle class, when we reinvest in our schools and infrastructure, and when we reconnect our policies with the values that we know in our hearts to be right for us all.
Together we can show that an economy is better when it grows from the middle out, not the top down, and that government helps build that kind of economy when we spend today’s dollars on tomorrow, rather than continuing to spend tomorrow’s dollars on today. That’s why I am running for Governor.
I look forward to working with you on this journey over the weeks and months ahead. You can check out our new website at www.danwolf2014.com. and I hope to see and meet many of you at the convention this weekend in Lowell.