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December 15, 2013

2 independents among hopefuls in Mass. gov's race

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“His passion now is to get into government and use the same kind of skill set to improve people’s lives,” Malone said. “To me, that’s exciting.”

Like Falchuk, Malone also brushed off the spoiler label, saying McCormick will be able to raise the kinds of issues that party candidates might shun.

“I think the added competition is good for the state, is good for voters,” Malone said. “Why should we be limited to just two candidates?”

There’s no shortage of party candidates eyeing the state’s top political office.

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls include state Treasurer Steven Grossman, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Newton pediatrician Don Berwick, former federal Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem and former Wellesley Selectman Joseph Avellone.

Shrewsbury business owner Mark Fisher is challenging Baker for the GOP nomination.

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