Weymouth: Democratic candidates gather for meet and greet event

The South Shore Democratic Caucus hosted a meet and greet event in Weymouth at the Abagail Adams Middle School Thursday night for Democrats running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and State Treasurer.

Four out of the five Democratic candidates vying to be the party’s nominee for governor attended the event.

Candidate Joe Avellone said he’s concerned with job creation and bringing business to the commonwealth.

“Our future need is jobs – tens of thousands of jobs. In many places in the commonwealth, we still have 10% plus unemployment in many of these older gateway cities. They’re not coming back on their own. We have to bring new jobs and new industries here.”

Juliette Kayyem believes she’s the best candidate to beat Republican Charlie Baker and said, “The Boston Herald says Kayyam is Charlie Baker’s worst nightmare. I bring an enthusiasm and a background, and a historic contrast to what that party delivers.”

Democrat Don Berwick said he supports the creation of a one-payer health care system.

“I’m the only candidate in this field, favoring single-payer health care – Medicare for all. That’s a way to have rational care which serves us as people and which allows us to stand up for the rights of people in health care. It’s a human right,” Berwick said.

State Treasurer Steve Grossman said as governor, his focus would be on jobs and economic development.

“I would like to use every tool the governor has in that tool box of his, to really expand opportunity and to expand economic development,” Grossman exclaimed.

Attorney General Martha Coakley is the only gubernatorial candidate that did not attend the event.

Delegates meet for the Democratic Convention in Worcester June 14.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.