This morning, I launched my campaign for Massachusetts Attorney General. I’m the first announced candidate in the race and a first-time candidate so I know I have my work cut out for me over the next 13 months.
But the conversation starts now. It’s a conversation I’m eager to have – here, in grassroots organizing meetings, coffee shops, your neighborhoods and anywhere else I can meet with people, share ideas and earn the support of voters next fall.
That starts with me introducing myself and making sure people know about the experience that qualifies me to be your next Attorney General and the vision I have for carrying on our office’s tradition of steady leadership and nation-leading advocacy.
I’m confident my experience, passion and vision for the office make me the best candidate to ensure the Attorney General’s Office continues to make a positive difference in the lives of Massachusetts residents.
I’m running for Attorney General to advance the office’s tradition under Martha Coakley of steady leadership on important legal and regulatory and economic issues facing our state and its nation-leading advocacy for equality, fairness and justice.
Martha Coakley has been one of the best AGs in our state and nation and I’ve been lucky to have been a part of her leadership team on some of our biggest challenges and most important fights on behalf of the taxpayers. In my six years with the office, the Attorney General and I have worked hand-in-hand on monumental victories for equal rights, fair lending and consumer protection.
At the Attorney General’s Office, I oversaw the areas of consumer protection, fair labor, ratepayer advocacy, environmental protection, health care, insurance and financial services, civil rights, antitrust, Medicaid fraud, not-for-profit organizations and charities, and business, technology and economic development. I led the Attorney General’s efforts to assist military service members and veterans in partnership with state and local officials. I also supervised and oversaw implementation of a first–in-the-nation Home Corps program using funds obtained by AG Coakley in the national mortgage settlement with the nation’s five largest banks to assist borrowers and families facing foreclosure – which, as of June, had already prevented more than 600 foreclosure auctions in Massachusetts.
In my time as an Assistant Attorney General, I was the architect of several groundbreaking cases, including the state’s landmark challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. I worked hand-in-hand with top national civil rights lawyers in successfully arguing against DOMA, a landmark decision for equal rights.
The Attorney General’s Office is one that requires experienced, principled and steady leadership, a professional lawyer and advocate who prioritizes fairness, equality and justice. I believe my unique experience and vision for the office make me the best candidate to ensure our Commonwealth’s businesses, industry and government play by the rules and on a level playing field and that taxpayers are always protected.
My top priorities as Attorney General will be ensuring the office, which impacts every corner of the state and every sector in the economy, makes a positive impact on the lives of Massachusetts residents.
Specifically, I will focus on protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive practices in lending, insurance, investment and other financial services, addressing escalating health care costs, and enforcing environmental laws to protect our natural resources while addressing concerns over energy costs. I’ll return taxpayer money to the Commonwealth by aggressively prosecuting waste, fraud and abuse and continue to work collaboratively with my partners in law enforcement to make our communities and neighborhoods safe.
My family roots are in Newburyport and along the North Shore. My grandparents worked on the fishing docks of Gloucester, in the local U.S. Post Office and the General Electric factory. My mother is a retired nurse, my stepfather teaches history in public schools and my father was a Navy captain and engineer. I’m a lifelong Democrat and live in Charlestown with my partner.
From my parents and grandparents, I learned the value of hard work, discipline and an education. I was guided by that work ethic through my youth, at Harvard, in my brief professional basketball career in Europe, Northeastern University Law School, as an attorney in the private sector and working on behalf of the people of Massachusetts.
Please join me at MauraHealey.com, on Twitter and on Facebook, meet me on the campaign trail and get involved in our campaign. I look forward to the months of hard work and big ideas to come, to engaging in this conversation online and in person and to serving as your next Attorney General.