The Herald lists the following potential candidates for these two open seats on the Democratic side.
Sen. Diana DiZoglio
Gov. Councilor Eileen Duff
Transit Advocate Chris Dempsey
Rep. Tami Gouveia
Brett Bero, entrepreneur
Handicapping these races will be difficult, Dempsey is well known within urban progressive circles, but a large unknown across the state. Duff and DiZoglio seem to be competing for the moderate lane and the North of Boston vote. Sen. Pacheco might also get in, he has represented the South Coast for some time and is a solid ally of organized labor. DiZoglio is more of a maverick willing to take on the former Speaker on term limits and sexual harassment. It’s unclear if she’s known outside of her district though. Could be a real crowded barnburner where the first to 25% wins.
The LG race sees a relatively recent progressive rep taking the plunge. I like Tami, I’m not sure this LG nomination is worth giving up her seat as Bakers popularity has rebounded and people are moving on from the pandemic. The Soldiers Home scandal could be an opening for a well known candidate like Healey to get in, otherwise you can’t beat a popular somebody with an unknown nobody. Downing is a good dude, but he seems like another Jay Gonzalez or Mark Roosevelt in waiting. Bero is a millionaire with startup experience, which to me, is a refreshing change, but is probably anathema to the left wing base of the party.
As Kate or Christopher would contend, working the delegates is just as important as big money or name recognition at this point. Will the state convention be dominated by leftists like last time or will electability minded voters have their say? Time will tell.
I also have it on good authority Galvin could get a challenger this year, although I admit he’s done a much better job this term and seems even harder to beat, but he’s also my dads age and could be the next retirement coming down the Pike. Stay tuned!