Democratic candidates for attorney general Maural Healey and Warren Tolman both said they were confident as they headed in to the party’s convention this weekend, but neither would venture a prediction on the winner.
With the Massachusetts Democratic Convention looming this weekend, candidates Maura Healey and Warren Tolman are gearing up to meet with the party’s delegates and activists.
Both are vying for the party’s nomination to replace Martha Coakley as the state’s next attorney general. Coakley is one of five democratic candidates seeking to become the state’s next governor after Gov. Deval Patrick decided no to run for another term.
While neither Tolman nor Healey were willing to predict who would walk away with the party’s nomination, both said they were feeling confident heading into the convention.
“I like where we are, but I got no idea where things are going to end up,” Tolman said. “There are a lot of great activists that will be there, and obviously, you want to have as many on your team as possible.”
Prior to launching his campaign for attorney general, Tolman served in the Massachusetts Legislature from 1991 to 1999 as a senator and representative. For the the last decade, he has worked as an attorney at the law firm Holland and Knight.
Tolman added that he was “confident” he will secure the 15 percent of the delegates needed to appear on the ballot in September’s primary election, but was silent on which candidate would garner the most delegates.
“You’d rather have it than not, but I’m not going to lay down on my sword for the nomination,” Tolman said.
On Wednesday, Healey said she was also heading into the convention with high spirits.
“I just feel really great and really excited about where we’re at,” Healey said. “I’m really looking forward to Worcester.”
Healey currently serves in the attorney general’s office, where she has headed the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau and the Business and Labor Bureau under Coakley. Prior to joining the attorney general’s office, Healey had worked as a private sector attorney and a prosecutor in Middlesex County.
“I can’t predict how things are going to go,” said Healey when asked about her expectations for the convention. “The goal is to get the 15 percent and get on the ballot and make my case to voters in September.”
Both candidates cited their experience and leadership as reasons why they expect they will attract support from the delegates.
For Tolman, that experience and leadership stems from his time in the Legislature where he took on entities like the tobacco industry while Healey’s experience comes from her service in the attorney general’s office where she led the state’s challenge of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Although Healey began her campaign as the underdog, a June 9 Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll had almost four points ahead of Tolman heading into the convention.
However, almost 60 percent of poll’s respondents remained undecided between the two candidates.
Edward Donga writes for The Brockton Enterprise and MassPoliticalNews.com, a collaboration of more than 100 Massachusetts newspapers owned and managed by GateHouse Media New England. Visit MPN online and follow on Twitter @MassPoliNews.