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September 5, 2013

Baker makes 2nd run official

Swampscott supporters back his another attempt for governor's office

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Baker first ran for governor in 2010 but came in second in a three-way race against Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick and independent former state Treasurer Tim Cahill. Patrick is not running for a third term, and former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray has previously announced he would not seek the position.

Chapman said there is a side to Baker other than just politics and business.

“He’s an incredibly wonderful family man who has dear and close friends who support him,” Chapman said. His core group of friends recognizes his leadership abilities. Even though his son, A.J., a former football standout, has graduated Swampscott High, Baker continues to go to games to support Big Blue, Chapman said.

In his video, Baker also struck themes of the economy and jobs, improving schools and the safety of communities. He spoke about the need for “bipartisan leadership” to help ignite the state’s economy and promote small business.

“I can do it, because I’ve done it before,” Baker said. He touted his governmental roles as state Secretary of Administration and Finance and Health and Human Services Secretary in the 1990s under former Govs. Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci. In the time Baker worked under those administrations, the state erased a $1 billion deficit, created 250,000 jobs and led the way for Education Reform, he said.

As CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Baker brought the company out of state receivership to become a top-rated health care firm. After losing to Patrick in 2010, Baker took a job as an entrepreneur-in-residence with the venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners in Cambridge. His focus was on midsize health care services firms, according to the firm’s website.

In politics, he served one three-year term as a Swampscott selectman.

“I am really excited,” said Ben Adner, a Swampscott resident and Danvers businessman who is a Baker supporter and friend. “I think he will make a huge difference in the state. He knows Massachusetts politics inside and out; he knows the details of how to run the office.”

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