Martha Coakley kicks off Mass. gov. campaign

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September 16, 2013, 6:02 pm
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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley launched her campaign Monday in Medford.

Political consultant and former Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis predicts she will become the frontrunner for the Democrats in a crowded race.

"She ran successfully state wide a number of times her poll numbers are up since her U.S. Senate bid and think she is ready this time and wants to prove to herself she is a strong candidate," Glodis says.

At her kick off event, Coakley says she wants to focus on strengthening the state's economy and improving the education system.

Coakley admits she could have run a better campaign in her 2010 bid for U.S. Senate against Republican Scott Brown, but Glodis doesn't think the unsuccessful run will hurt her chances at governor.

"A lot of people remember the fail against Brown, but she won in the Democratic primary against some very strong opponents," he says.

Most people we spoke to in Worcester Monday says her loss to Scott Brown may help her this time around.

"I think she's eager for the job and learned something from the last try and will probably do a better job this time," Worcester resident Glenda Reiss says.

"I'm delighted because it adds to the mix and curious to see how she runs this campaign as opposed to last one not so well run," Charlene Sokal says.

"I think it will help her because she knows to put a lot more effort in and that it's not a given," David Petros says.

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