Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll announces his candidacy for lieutenant governor

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Driscoll served as mayor of Salem for five terms.

The Mayor of Salem, Kim Driscoll Nicolas Czarnecki / Swimming pool

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Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor.

Driscoll, 55, who served as mayor of the wizarding town for five terms, launched his campaign on Tuesday, according to a press release. So far, she is the only mayor to announce her candidacy for the post.

“Mayors like me have been at the forefront of our most urgent battles – from the response and recovery from COVID-19 to racial equality, the climate crisis, strengthening our public schools and reducing housing prices Driscoll said in a video announcing his candidacy. “In this time of change, so much is at stake. We need leaders who understand and can empower communities. Our towns and cities need a new voice on Beacon Hill.

Driscoll was elected Mayor of Salem in 2005. Prior to that, she served as Deputy City Manager and Legal Counsel in Chelsea. In 2003, after three years on the Salem City Council, she decided to launch her campaign for mayor, winning two more candidates, the statement said.

During his tenure as mayor, Driscoll focused on small business growth, racial equity and inclusion, the COVID-19 response, improving Salem schools as chair of the city’s school committee and climate change, the statement said.

Driscoll joins an already crowded race. Democratic primary candidates include State Senator Adam Hinds, State Representative Tami Gouveia, State Senator Eric Lesser and Bret Bero, a businessman. Former acting mayor of Lawrence Kendrys Vasquez and Dan Koh, chief of staff to US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, are also reportedly considering throwing their hats in the ring.

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