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March 19, 2013

Finegold would consider 2014 run for state treasurer

BOSTON — Coming off a trumpet performance at the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day breakfast on Sunday, state Sen. Barry Finegold yesterday confirmed to the State House News Service that he is weighing a run for treasurer in 2014.

“I am focused on the job at hand and being a state senator. I love the job and there’s a lot of things I want to get done this term. But 2014 is a very unique year and there could be some opportunities that present themselves and I’m taking a very hard look at running for treasurer,” Finegold said.

With Gov. Deval Patrick not planning to seek re-election, Treasurer Steven Grossman has said he is leaning toward running for governor, potentially creating a vacancy in a statewide office that could attract a number of interested state and local politicians.

Finegold, an Andover Democrat, has served in the Legislature since 1997, spending 14 years in the House before he ran and won the Senate seat vacated by longtime Sen. Susan Tucker, who retired in 2010.

Finegold also ran and lost in the special Democratic primary for Congress in 2007 after UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan resigned his seat, but parlayed that exposure into a successful state Senate run three years later.

Finegold is the co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Election Laws this session, a post he also held during his first term in the Senate from 2011 through 2012. Finegold reported nearly $44,000 in his campaign account at the end of 2012 after his successful re-election campaign against former state Rep. Paul Adams.

While jokes got the most laughs during Sunday’s breakfast, about half the program was devoted to music. Finegold (D who was Barry “O’Finegold” for the day, showed off his musical talent, playing trumpet for a rendition of the sea shanty “What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor.”

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