SWAMPSCOTT — After months of speculation, Republican businessman and former Selectman Charlie Baker has announced he will again run for governor.
The announcement, made yesterday morning through a Web video posted on Baker’s new campaign website, had been anticipated to come this week. Baker spokesman Tim Buckley said the candidate was not available for an interview yesterday.
“I’m Charlie Baker, and like you, I call Massachusetts home,” Baker said in the video, which shows the candidate walking in a backyard wearing a blue shirt and jeans.
“I was raised here, my parents and my brothers live here, and my wife Lauren and I raised our children here,” Baker said. “This is what I care about. I care about being a good husband to my wife, Lauren, and a loving, responsible father to our three children. I care about our community, where we’ve raised a family, and being a good son and brother. As corny as it may sound, that’s exactly why I want to be your governor.”
With the theme that he wants to improve the state to benefit the community around him, Baker has some strong supporters in his own seaside community.
“I am unenrolled, and I support him enthusiastically,” said Swampscott Selectwoman Jill Sullivan. “I supported him the last time, and I helped as much as I could.”
Baker preceded Sullivan on the board, but she had worked with him while she was a member of the Planning Board. She said Baker has the ability to listen, synthesize information and make a decision.
“To the extent that the governor is the CEO of the state, Charlie was built for the job,” said Salem criminal attorney Randy Chapman of Swampscott, who counts Baker as a friend.
“I think he’s an excellent candidate and a true leader, and I sincerely hope he gets elected,” Chapman said. While he is not a political adviser, Chapman said it will be a far different race if it is a two-way one.