On just their second day, as they headed to the general election as Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor and lieutenant governor, the newly minted tickets of Attorney General Maura Healey and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll made a stop at the New Bedford waterfront to meet with the mayor to speak to Jon Mitchell about the city’s growing marine economy and accept his support for her candidacy for corner office.
In addition to Mitchell, Healey and Driscoll, State Assemblyman Tony Cabral (D-New Bedford), State Assemblyman Chris Markey (D-Dartmouth), New Bedford City Council President Ian Abreu and At-Large Councilman Shane Burgo , accompanied you walked the path along the New Bedford hurricane barrier.
They then made a stop at the barrier where they had a panoramic view of New Bedford Harbor while Mitchell gave them a detailed explanation of new developments along the coast of the nation’s best fishing port, such as the burgeoning offshore wind industry.
Mitchell later spoke of Healey and Driscoll with unqualified praise, describing them both as good friends and effective partners in government.
“I can tell you, having worked with each of them on various fronts over the years, that they are the right team at the right time for New Bedford and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Mitchell said.
“The other thing I want to say about them, apart from their obvious talent, obvious integrity, obvious dedication, is the fact that they have served in public office and are running for higher office for the right reasons,” he said. “For them, it’s not just about holding a position or having a title. They want to get things done for them.”
Mitchell went on to describe Driscoll, his colleague on Gateway City Governance, as “one of America’s finest mayors” and credited her with transforming Salem into a hub of tourism and economic opportunity.
“On the ground, I like to say ‘there’s no hiding,’ you have to deliver results every day,” said Driscoll. “I’m really excited to be working on this ticket with a woman who got things done as an AG every day.”
“Both Jon and I have had the opportunity to work with the Attorney General, we know the leadership qualities that she brings to the job,” said Driscoll. “And we know that having the opportunity to work with her will not only lead to more collaboration and more coordination, but also the kind of work that we need to do to move communities forward and bring them together in a way that makes one.” bright future not only for our historic seaports, but quite frankly for the entire Commonwealth.”
Healey, who has a known good relationship with Mitchell, mutually praised him for his performance as mayor.
“I’m really fortunate to be with Mayor Mitchell, who has been an incredible partner and friend over the past eight years,” Healey said. “Having been to this coast many times for various events and occasions and have always been impressed by his leadership and what he was able to do to revitalize the port and coast, create jobs and innovate as New Bedford has a such proud history over the centuries”
The gubernatorial frontrunner then discussed a future Healey-Driscoll administration to lead Massachusetts, saying its focus will be on partnering with private industry and communities across the Commonwealth to provide cities and communities with state government resources, that help drive growth and opportunity.
Healey also made an analogy, drawing on her and Driscoll’s experiences as college basketball players, saying that building an effective governorship requires many of the same qualities required of a successful collegiate athlete.
“We want to make things happen, get things done, just like on the pitch, and that takes partnership,” Healey said. “In an administration and a team that we are building, and also with the incredible leaders that work day in and day out at the local level and beyond.”
Listen to Chris McCarthy and Marcus Ferro’s interview with Salem Mayor and nominee for Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll on SouthCoast Tonight.