Goldstein-Rose becomes 1st legislator to endorse Setti Warren for governor

  • Setti Warren and Solomon Goldstein-Rose —Submitted photo

Staff Writer
Published: 8/4/2017 8:50:58 PM

AMHERST — Seeking a candidate who can bring bold plans to Beacon Hill, including single-payer health care and free public higher education, state Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose on Friday said he found that quality in two-term Newton Mayor Setti Warren.

At an event at Black Sheep Deli & Bakery on Main Street, Goldstein-Rose became the first sitting legislator to endorse Warren to become the next Massachusetts governor.

Warren is not only the most qualified candidate, Goldstein-Rose said, but he will focus on economic inequality and support making Massachusetts the Silicon Valley of green energy.

“We need a governor who’s going to work with the legislators who want to get more systemic things done, and that is Setti Warren,” Goldstein-Rose said.

Goldstein-Rose said Warren has shown political courage, including pushing for a Proposition 2½ override in the midst of a re-election campaign.

Warren said he supports finding resources that can ensure all residents have opportunity.

“We need to make generational investments to level the playing field right here in western Massachusetts,” Warren said.

“The reason I got in this race is the issue of our time is economic inequality,” Warren added.

Warren said he will endorse the Fair Share Amendment, also called the millionaire tax, and seek better transportation options to and from Boston.

“East-west rail coming all the way out here is important for economic development,” Warren said.

Warren thanked Goldstein-Rose for the endorsement and called him one of the new thinkers in the Legislature.

Goldstein-Rose said he recognizes people can get frustrated with the lack of things getting down with government.

“It’s going to be much easier to do that job with someone who thinks bold,” Goldstein Rose said, noting that he ran on the concept of system change and being a voice for younger voters.

He said Warren also has a centrist flair, being able to bring people on opposite sides of political issues together.

Goldstein-Rose becomes the second Hampshire County politician to endorse Warren, following a similar endorsement by Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz last month. Warren has also been endorsed by former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

Warren is one of three declared candidates for governor. The other two are Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat and former state secretary of administration and finance, and Democrat Bob Massie, an entrepreneur and 2012 U.S. Senate candidate. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has yet to announce if he will seek re-election.

Black Sheep owner Nick Seamon said he isn’t endorsing, but appreciates candidates dropping by his restaurant, noting that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren used the site during her campaign against Scott Brown.

Among those who attended Friday’s event was Penelope Kim, chairwoman of the Shutesbury Democratic Committee.

Kim said she wanted to deliver an in-person invitation to Warren for a Sept. 10 picnic for the governor candidates at the Shutesbury Athletic Club that will include representatives from eight Democratic town committees, including Amherst, Hadley, Leverett, New Salem, Pelham, Shutesbury, Sunderland and Wendell.

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