SALEM — State Treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman wants to boost state aid to local governments, tap Canadian hydropower as a renewable energy source and limit the number of guns Massachusetts residents can buy.
"I don’t know anyone who needs to buy more than one gun a month," Grossman told a small group of North Shore business leaders at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem on Wednesday morning. "Unless you’re trying to arm a militia, you don’t need more than 12 guns a year."
Grossman is one of five Democrats vying to replace outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat who isn't seeking a third term.
All five — Grossman, Martha Coakley, Juliette Kayyem, Donald Berwick and Joseph Avellone — are seeking the party's nomination at a state convention in Worcester this weekend. Each must collect support from at least 15 percent of the delegates to get on the Sept. 9 primary ballot.
Grossman's campaign stop in Salem came just four days after Coakley, the state’s attorney general, visited the city to pick up an endorsement from Mayor Kim Driscoll, a Democrat.
Coakley, who lost the 2010 U.S. Senate race to Republican Scott Brown, remains the Democratic frontrunner for governor. A Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll released Monday showed her leading Grossman 44 percent to 12 percent. No other Democrat is in double-digits, according to the poll.
A former head of the state Democratic Party and Democratic National Committee, Grossman currently leads in the money race, with more than $910,000 in cash in hand, according to filings with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
Coakley had $528,379 in her campaign coffers as of Wednesday; Berwick, a former federal healthcare official, had $228,863; Kayyem, a former Homeland Security official, had $167,667; and Avellone, a former Wellesley selectman, had $57,287.
At Wednesday’s campaign stop in Salem, Grossman spoke to about 40 members of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce who peppered him with questions on a variety of issues including job creation, renewable energy, tax policy
and casino gambling as they scoffed down breakfast.