Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan endorses Maura Healey for attorney general

Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
NORTHAMPTON — Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan on Sunday became the first of the state’s 11 district attorneys to endorse a candidate in the race for attorney general.

Sullivan gave the nod to Maura Healey, 42, of Charlestown, who is one of three Democrats running for the post in the September 2014 primary.

“She’s got the experience hands down over all the candidates because she’s worked in the (attorney general’s) office for over seven years,” Sullivan said Monday. “She’s been in the trenches fighting for people’s rights.

State Rep. and attorney Harold P. Naughton Jr., 53, D-Clinton, and former state senator and attorney Warren E. Tolman, 54, of Watertown, are also running for the office.

Attorney General Martha Coakley is running for governor in 2014.* No Republicans have announced their candidacy for attorney general.

Sullivan said Healey’s “knowledge, experience and passion” for public service make her the best person to advocate for the citizens of Massachusetts.

“She’s definitely going to be an attorney general that recognizes the whole state,” Sullivan said.

Healey was in Northampton with Sullivan on Sunday participating in the 10th annual Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage. Sullivan then joined Healey at a series of house parties in the area, including at his Easthampton home.

Until recently, Healey led the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau in the attorney general’s office. A former professional basketball player and Harvard College graduate, she also played a key role in the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, striking down the law discriminating against same-sex married couples.

Healey said through her campaign that she is pleased to have Sullivan’s endorsement and looks forward to working with him “to keep our neighborhoods safer, protect consumers and ensure government, businesses and individuals play by the rules.”

* CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Coakley had endorsed a candidate. She has not.