Worthington Democrats to host gubernatorial candidate Chang-Diaz in virtual series on Sunday 

  • State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz AP FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/9/2021 4:35:59 PM
Modified: 12/9/2021 4:35:27 PM

WORTHINGTON – State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Boston, a candidate for the 2022 Democratic Party nomination for governor, will be speaking to the Town Democratic Committee this Sunday, as part of the committee’s Sundays with the Candidates series.

“It is getting harder and harder every year to live in this state and raise a family here,” said Chang-Diaz, in an interview. “We can do a lot better in Massachusetts.”

Chang-Diaz will be addressing the committee via Zoom, and the event will take place starting at 12:30 p.m. Chang-Diaz also will be taking questions from attendees as well, and those interested in the event should email Worthingtondem@gmail.com with their names and towns for the Zoom link.

Harvard professor and gubernatorial candidate Danielle Allen was the first candidate to participate in the Sundays with the Candidates series, doing so last month. Former state senator and current gubernatorial candidate Ben Downing will follow Chang-Diaz in the series with an appearance on Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.

Chang-Diaz, 43, said that during her time in the Legislature she has built coalitions across the state on issues such as education funding reform. She also said she has taken on leaders in both parties to stand up for working people.

One of the issues Chang-Diaz spoke to was transportation policy.

“We need east-west rail,” she said, while also advocating for more regional rail and bus service.

Another transportation issue Chang-Diaz cited was getting aggressive about transitioning the transportation system away from fossil fuels. Additionally, she spoke to the importance of access to high-speed internet, both in terms of infrastructure and affordability.

Chang-Diaz is also a supporter of single-payer health care and noted how her small-government Republican grandfather, who was at one time the only doctor for several counties in rural Montana, also expressed support for single-payer health care.

“So many countries have figured this out ahead of us,” she said.

Chang-Diaz noted that she kicked off her campaign in Springfield and that she intends to continue to visit western Massachusetts.

“I’m a scrapper and I’m going to fight for every single vote,” she said.

She also said she didn’t get into the race “because I saw a career opportunity.”

“We can achieve bold transformational change in Massachusetts,” Chang-Diaz said. “I have literally seen it happen.”

As examples, Chang-Diaz pointed to criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights and education reform.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.
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