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September 16, 2013

Coakley general announces run for governor

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley officially launched her campaign for governor today, saying she had learned from the errors made during her stunning loss to Republican Scott Brown in a special election for the U.S. Senate.

Coakley greeted voters at a diner in her hometown of Medford, the first stop on a three-day campaign tour around the state.

She joins what is already a crowded Democratic field a full year before the state primary. Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick is not seeking a third term.

Coakley's loss in the 2010 race to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy stunned Democrats while energizing Republicans nationwide, and it clouded her own political future.

"I've acknowledged that we made mistakes on that campaign trail and I've learned from that," she said Monday.

After the high-profile setback, Coakley said she got right back to work in the attorney general's office. She was easily re-elected to a second term later in 2010.

As governor, the 60-year-old Coakley said she would work to rebuild the state's economy and modernize the education system, including a push for a longer school day.

The other Democrats already in the race include state Treasurer Steven Grossman, Newton pediatrician and former Obama administration health care official Don Berwick, former federal and state homeland security official Juliette Kayyem and former Wellesley selectman Joseph Avellone. State Sen. Dan Wolf's candidacy is on hold pending a final determination by the Ethics Commission on whether his ownership interest in Cape Air would represent a conflict of interest.

"It's going to be a long, hard primary and I welcome that," Coakley said.

The Democratic primary is scheduled for September 2014, and the election in November 2014.

Charles Baker, the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee, recently launched a second bid for the job. Brown has ruled out a run for governor.

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