Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Democrat Mike Lake 1st lieutenant governor candidate to submit signatures to appear on November ballot

The campaign of Democrat Mike Lake is the first among the lieutenant governor candidates to submit it's signatures to town and city clerks for certification ahead of the May 6 deadline.

Lake, the CEO of the Boston-based Leading Cities, said his campaign collected more than 15,000 signatures from 260 towns and cities across Massachusetts to surpass the 10,000 certified signatures necessary to run.

"I am proud of my team and our strong grassroots organization for all the work they’ve done in collecting signatures," Lake said in a statement. "Their effort in the field has been exemplary and I can’t thank them enough for their time and energy in ensuring that we get on the September ballot."

Candidates running as a Democrat or Republican must submit their signatures locally by May 6. Non-party candidates have until July 29, according to the secretary of state's 2014 election schedule.

Three other Democrats are in the running for lieutenant governor, including former USDA administrator James Arena DeRosa, Cambridge City Councilor Lelund Cheung, and Steve Kerrigan, the former staffer to both the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and former Attorney General Tom Reilly.

Former state Rep. Karyn Polito, who is running with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker as a ticket, is currently the only Republican in the race.

United Independent Party candidate Angus Jennings is running as a ticket with gubernatorial hopeful Evan Falchuk while Yarmouth Selectwoman Tracy Post is running with independent Jeff McCormick.

The primary election for lieutenant governor will take place Sept. 9, and the general election is slated for Nov. 4, 2014.