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June 24, 2014

Finegold sprints to lead in money race for treasurer

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Candidates for governor, by comparison, collected $15 million.

Finegold, a lawyer, was elected to the Senate's 2nd Essex and Middlesex district four years ago after serving 13 years as a state representative. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2012 with 65 percent of the vote. He also ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in 2007, losing in a special election to Democrat Niki Tsongas.

In a campaign video, a montage of Democratic lawmakers and other supporters praise Finegold's work on election reform and other issues as a narrator waxes about his humble roots growing up in a Hyde Park housing complex.

“Nobody has given me anything,” Finegold, 43, said Monday. “I’ve worked hard and earned every dollar I’ve made and will protect taxpayer money in the same way as treasurer.”

Finegold said he wants to boost returns to the state’s pension system, if elected, and improve financial literacy among middle and high school students.

Goldberg, 59, is a Brookline native who served six years on the town's Board of Selectmen, including two stints as chairwoman. She ran for lieutenant governor in 2006 but lost in the Democratic primary to Tim Murray.

Goldberg said she wants to use the treasurer’s office to help bring about social change, including pushing businesses to hire more women and minorities and divesting fossil fuel investments from the state’s $57 billion pension fund.

“I’ve been a Democratic activist all my life,” she said. “I want to break down barriers for people who need it most.”

Conroy, 51, has been a legislator since 2007 and chairs the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2011 but dropped out after Elizabeth Warren entered the race. He has pledged to use state school funds to build classrooms for pre-kindergarten students, if elected.

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