State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, confirmed this week that he is seriously considering a run for State Treasurer in 2014.
"It's something I'm taking a serious look at," said Finegold. "I'm listening to people and taking a hard look at it. But the 2014 election is still a long way away. Right now I'm concentrating on my job as a state senator."
Finegold, 42, was elected to the State Senate from the 2nd Middlesex-Esssex District (Andover, Tewksbury, Dracut, Lawrence) in 2010 and was re-elected in November 2012, defeating Paul Adams. Prior to that he had served seven terms as a state representative.
Finegold is presently chair of the Joint Committee on Election Laws and vice chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. He also serves on the:
- Joint Committee on Education
- Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
- Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government
- Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development
Should Finegold decide to run for State Treasurer, it would be another in a series of political dominoes that began to fall when Gov. Deval Patrick announced he would not be seeking re-election to a third term.
State Treasurer Steve Grossman, two years into his first term, has told multiple media outlets he is seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. Grossman, 67, is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
"2014 is one of those years where there is going to be a lot of change," said Finegold.
Finegold entering the race for treasurer would, in turn, create a vacant State Senate seat for which there would be no shortage of local candidates.