By Matt Murphy
State House News Service
---- — BOSTON — State Sen. Daniel Wolf, a Harwich Democrat who founded Cape Air 25 years ago, announced his campaign for governor yesterday, and Treasurer Steven Grossman plans to make his intention to run clear over the weekend at the state Democratic Convention in Lowell.
Wolf and Grossman join two other Democrats already in the race, but the field is expected to grow with Attorney General Martha Coakley and Congressman Michael Capuano also considering runs.
Charles Baker, the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee, and former Sen. Scott Brown are considered possible candidates.
Wolf announced his intention to run in 2014 with a press release and a video posted to YouTube, promising to “build” on the work of Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and work to grow the middle class. Patrick will not seek a third term next year.
“Together we can show that an economy is better when it grows from the middle out, not the top down, and that government helps build that kind of economy when we spend today’s dollars on tomorrow, rather than continuing to spend tomorrow’s dollars on today. That’s why I am running for Governor,” Wolf said.
Wolf, a second-term state senator from Harwich, joins former Obama administration health official Donald Berwick and former Wellesley selectman and health care executive Joseph Avellone as the only Democrats formally declared as candidates for governor in 2014 when Patrick plans finish his eighth year as state CEO.
All three will speak at the annual state Democratic Party Convention in Lowell on Saturday when several thousand Democratic activists, donors and officials will gather to adopt a new party platform.
The three campaigns met Monday with Democratic Party officials to finalize the speaking program.
Grossman, who will play a role at the convention in his capacity as state treasurer, plans to commit himself to running at the convention, but will probably wait until after Labor Day to hold a formal campaign kickoff event, his campaign committee’s executive director said after Grossman was quoted as saying he was running.
“I think it will be clear, at the Democratic state convention in Lowell this Saturday, that I am running for governor,” Grossman said, according to a report from the CBS News affiliate in Springfield that roughly coincided with Wolf’s announcement.
In his video message, Wolf highlighted his experience as an entrepreneur who started as a young mechanic and pilot who grew Cape Air from a company with one plane, six employees and one travel route into an employee-owned company with over 1,000 workers.
“That’s my American dream. Bootstrap a company. Create hundreds of good jobs. Build a great life in Massachusetts. Share that success with the people I work with, and support the communities we’re proud to serve,” Wolf said.
Wolf said wealth has become too concentrated in the hands a small minority, and pledged to combat the disparity with investments in schools, affordable education and infrastructure.
He also committed himself to promoting clean energy and fighting climate change, vowing to end the “false division” between a healthy environment and a healthy economy.
Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said he welcomed a competitive Democratic race for governor in 2014.