BOSTON (AP) — State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz said Thursday that she is ending her campaign for governor of Massachusetts, leaving state Attorney General Maura Healey as the only viable Democrat still in the running.
Chang-Díaz in her announcement that came one year to the day after she declared that she was entering the race, said she would instead turn her focus to make sure that “down-ballot candidates who share her values and approach to put courage over politics” get elected.
“I am going to be spending my time campaigning and marshaling my supporters and the movement we’ve built for these Courage Democrats down ballot, candidates who walk the walk when it comes to our values,” she said in the statement. “I have no doubt that they will fight to put courage over politics in our state, and I am going to be using my energy to help put them into office.”
Chang-Díaz’s name will remain on the Sept. 6 primary ballot.
Two Republicans remain in the race: former state representative Geoff Diehl, who has the backing of former President Donald Trump, and Wrentham business owner Chris Doughty, who has never before held public office. Two-term incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is not seeking a third term.
Chang-Díaz is the daughter of a social worker and the country’s first Latino astronaut, Franklin Chang-Díaz. She was elected as the state’s first Latina state senator in 2008. Had she been elected she would have been the first Latina and first Asian American to hold the governor’s office.
When she announced her run she said she supported the proposed so-called “millionaire tax” constitutional amendment and pledged to close the racial wealth gap in Massachusetts.
Healey won the party’s endorsement with 71% of the delegate votes at the state party convention earlier this month, while Chang-Díaz won 29%.
Other Democrats who had announced runs but have since dropped out include Harvard University professor Danielle Allen and former state Sen. Ben Downing.