EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 21, 2013

A dearth of candidates for Mass. attorney general

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts attorney general is one of the most powerful and coveted offices in state government, yet with the election just a year off, there still are no declared candidates.

What makes the dearth of candidates even more unusual is the fact that the current attorney general, Martha Coakley, already has announced she’s running for governor, leaving a wide-open race for the top law enforcement job.

So far, the list of would-be candidates who have opted out of the running is nearly as long as those mentioned as possible Coakley successors.

The one hopeful who has signaled his intention to jump into the race is state Rep. Harold Naughton, a Clinton Democrat who initially was eyeing a run for lieutenant governor.

Naughton is expected to formally announce his candidacy this week.