Wednesday, April 2, 2014
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz endorses Mike Lake for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts

Democrat Mike Lake's campaign to become lieutenant governor of Massachusetts got a bump on Wednesday as state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Boston, threw her support behind the CEO of the Boston-based company Leading Cities.

In endorsing Lake, Chang-Diaz cited his work in the private sector, including his current role at the helm of an international organization focused on growing collaborative efforts and job creation.

"I'm endorsing Mike Lake for Lieutenant Governor because of the immense talent and energy I know he will bring to the office, and because he has a specific and value added vision for the job," Chang-Diaz said in a statement. "Mike has thought about the role of Lt. Governor and he has a plan. He will bring value to our Commonwealth in two ways: by serving as the chief marketing officer for the state to the rest of the world, and by serving as the chief liaison to Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns."

In accepting the endorsement, Lake said he is appreciative of the support and hopeful that he will win, landing the chance to work with Chang-Diaz on the legislative level.

“As a resident of Boston I have been grateful for and admired Senator Chang-Díaz’
leadership (on) progressive causes," Lake said in a press release. "As the recipient of her endorsement and her vote of confidence I am honored and look forward to working with her to provide economic empowerment and social justice to the people of Boston and across the Commonwealth."

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 announced Wednesday he was running for lieutenant governor as a ticket with gubernatorial hopeful Evan Falchuk.

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