Hinds announces run for lieutenant governor

  • State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, addresses the Rural Schools Roundtable on Sept. 23 at Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland. Hinds officially announced his candidacy for Massachusetts lieutenant governor on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • SEN. ADAM HINDS, D-Pittsfield

Staff Writer
Published: 10/13/2021 4:32:12 PM

PITTSFIELD — Speculations of a statewide run were confirmed Wednesday morning as Sen. Adam Hinds officially announced his candidacy for Massachusetts lieutenant governor.

Hinds, 46, a Democrat, represents the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District in his current seat in the state Senate. In his announcement Wednesday, Hinds said his campaign will be focused on addressing inequalities that have widened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am running for lieutenant governor because Massachusetts needs visionary leadership to take on the greatest challenges confronting residents — challenges that will determine the very ability of our commonwealth to thrive in the next decade,” Hinds said in a press announcement.

He said this means “tackling the skyrocketing cost of living and inability to access homeownership, unsustainable child care costs, traffic that is returning to pre-pandemic levels, a widening racial wealth gap and opportunity divides in our schools, as well as the tangible impacts of climate change.” Simultaneously, Hinds wrote, Massachusetts is recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 that have “left so many people hanging on by a thread — financially, emotionally and physically.”

“Now is the time for transformative leadership to tackle these generational challenges and provide a real roadmap for the near term and future generations alike,” Hinds wrote. “This is a unique moment in our history. COVID-19 has exposed our greatest weaknesses but also highlighted our greatest strengths and connection as a commonwealth. It’s time to fix what is structurally broken so we can come back stronger than ever.”

Hinds, who was born in Buckland, has represented 52 cities and towns in the Senate since being elected in 2017. His time in politics began as field director during the 1998 campaign of U.S. Rep. John Olver, followed by campaign director in the 2000 campaign, and continued as a field office leader in New Hampshire for the 2004 presidential race of John Kerry. He went on to work for the United Nations in the Middle East for nearly a decade before returning to Massachusetts.

As current chair of the Committee on Revenue and the Committee on Re-imagining Massachusetts: Post-Pandemic Resiliency, Hinds said this position will aid his goal to “rebuild” Massachusetts following the lasting pandemic.

He will be running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor against state Rep. Tami Gouveia, D-Acton, who announced her campaign in June. Other contenders include Boston-based businessman Bret Bero, a Democrat, and Scott Donohue, a Melrose Democrat.

Ben Downing, a former Pittsfield state senator, announced he will run for the Democratic nomination for governor, against state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, D-Boston, and Harvard University political theorist Danielle Allen.

As of Wednesday, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has not declared a run for re-election.

The Democratic primaries are scheduled for September 2022, and candidates must receive at least 15% of the votes cast at the statewide party convention to get on the ballot. With the general election just over a year away, Hinds said he plans on spending “each and every day building a statewide grassroots organization.”


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