"Education is the opportunity engine for families throughout the commonwealth, and the world for that matter," he said. "And we need to make sure that our children are getting access to the best possible education and in safe, modern and energy efficient schools.”
Heffernan, a financial advisor and high-tech entrepreneur from Wellesley, said he wants to increase local aid, improve schools and invest in communities. On the campaign, he has portrayed himself as a political outsider with real-world business experience.
"Massachusetts residents deserve a government focused on solutions by leaders with experience in the real world, not another Beacon Hill politician looking to advance a political career with sound bites,” Heffernan said in a campaign video.
Arlington activist Ian Jackson, a member of the Green-Rainbow party, is also running.
Regardless of who emerges from the primary, Heffernan faces an uphill battle. Democrats outnumber Republicans about 3-to-1 among registered voters, and the state has only elected one Republican to the treasurer’s office in the past 60 years.
Despite Finegold's fundraising advantage, his competitors point out that he has raised big money and still lost previous elections. He collected more than $700,000 for his 2007 congressional bid, according to the Federal Elections Commission, but finished fourth in the Democratic primary.
"Barry's lead in fundraising hasn't translated to support in the ballot box," Conroy said. "He's number one in fundraising but last on the ballot."
Running for Treasurer: How much they've raised
(Contributions to all candidates)
1990: $3.2 million (Winner - Joe Malone, Republican)
1994: $2.5 million (Winner - Joe Malone, Republican)
1998: $2.0 million (Winner - Shannon O'Brien, Democrat)
2002: $4.3 million (Winner - Timothy Cahill, Democrat)
2006: $1.3 million (Winner - Timothy Cahill, Democrat)
2010: $3.4 million (Winner - Steve Grossman, Democrat)
2014: $1.6 million
2014 Treasurer's Race - How much they've raised
(Contributions since Jan 1, 2013)
B. Finegold, Democrat: $845,212
D. Goldberg, Democrat: $344,817
T. Conroy, Democrat: $251,477
M. Heffernan, Republican: $169,598
I. Jackson, Green/Rainbow: $1,338
** Does not include in-kind contributions
Source: Office of Campaign and Political Finance
Christian M. Wade covers the Massachusetts State House. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow him on Twitter: @cmwade1969