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Thursday, January 20, 2022

麻州總檢察長 Maura Healey 宣佈參選麻州州長

      (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 麻州總檢察長Maura Healey今(20)日一早9點,在東波士頓的Maverick廣場地鐵站,正式宣佈參選麻州州長。

今日一大早6點,Maura Healey也在推特上發文說,"I'm all in!",同時推出了一段長約2分鐘的參選短片。

以下為她的競選陣營發佈的聲明:

Among the issues that Healey highlights include: Getting our economy back on track, making child care more affordable, modernizing our schools so every child learns in a safe and sustainable environment, and addressing the climate crisis.


“And because too many have waited too long, together we’ll bring justice and equality to everyone,” Healey says. 


Healey ran as a first-time candidate in 2014, and was elected the first openly gay Attorney General in the country. As AG, Healey has focused on safeguarding civil rights, holding bad actors accountable, and building community. She created the office’s first-ever Community Engagement Division and established her office as the first statewide office to implement paid family leave. Healey led groundbreaking lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family, and other opioid companies, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for treatment and recovery. Her office has also prioritized holding accountable predatory student loan servicers, taking on harmful polluters, and protecting the health and wellbeing of children.

麻州總檢察官奚莉 (Maura Healey)將參選麻州州長,這次消息好像很真確。 (檔案照片,
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Prior to her time as Attorney General, Healey was a civil rights attorney in the office, where she challenged the Defense of Marriage Act and big banks. She grew up in Hampton Falls, N.H. and waitressed at the Hampton Beach Casino through high school and college. Healey attended Harvard College, where she captained the basketball team, and went on to play professional basketball in Austria, before earning her law degree from Northeastern University. She lives in Boston.

           (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓綜合報導) 麻州人一直懸念的麻州總檢察官奚莉 (Maura Healey)  到底會不會參選麻州州長,終於有消息了,民主黨領導層有人透露她要參選,只是正式宣佈,最快也要明天 (120)

                    中國古書中 ,吳敬梓所撰儒林外史中的詩句,有人辭官歸故里,有人漏夜趕科場,用來形容今年的麻州州長選舉,似乎頗為恰當。在麻州現任州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker),副州長白莉朵 (Karen Polito)去年11月宣佈,確定不競選第三度連任,原本已宣佈參選,曾任麻州參議員的Ben Downing也於日前宣布退選之後,麻州總檢察官奚莉的參選,將使今年的州長選舉競爭更為激烈。

                    現年僅50歲的奚莉一旦參選,將是參選者中唯一的在位州政府高官,也肯定是最有希望贏得大位的人之一。她不但有全國性知名度,全國性的籌款網,而且她的競選財庫已累積有370萬元,比其他3名主要競爭對手已募經費加起來的總和還多。

                  3人分別是在位的麻州參議員陳翟蘇妮 (Sonia Chang-Diaz),哈佛教授Danielle Allen,以及共和黨籍的前麻州眾議員Geoff Diehl

                   奚莉是在2014年當選麻州總檢察長,成為全美首位公開同性戀身分的州政府總檢察官。如果她參選,還當選了,她將是麻州首名同性戀州長。

                全美僅有2名公開的同性戀者曾經當選為州長,科羅拉多州 (Colorado)Jared Polis,以及奧勒岡州 (Oregon) 雙性戀的Kate Brown

             由於共和黨籍的查理貝克和副州長白莉朵 (Karen Polito)都已確定將不參選,麻州的民主黨人對於奪回州長寶座,都抱著極大信心。

             在位2任中,奚莉和其他州的民主黨籍總檢察官攜手,針對川普政府提出了十幾項訴訟。她還在環保規章,保護學生貸款人,反對遣返所謂「夢想者」等議題上,非常投入,控告過ExxonMobil Purdue製藥等巨型企業。

             身高只有54吋,奚莉卻曾經是學校籃球隊隊長,還在歐洲的專業球隊打過2年球。她經常說打球的日子教會她如何對付挑戰,這技能,她也帶進政壇。

她在新罕布夏州的Hampton小鎮長大,是家裏5個小孩中的長姊。從哈佛大學本科,東北大學法律系畢業後,她在麻州總檢察官辦公室工作了7年,曾領導公共保護及企業和勞工局,擔任民權組負責人,還率領麻州反對聯邦把婚姻定義為一男一女之結合的婚姻保護法。

奚莉也曾經擔任麻州聯邦法官的書記,在Wilmer Hale律師事務所當過初級合夥人。

雖然以往曾任總檢察長的人競選州長時,總會遭遇阻礙,例如Martha Coakley2014年輸給查理貝克,Scott HarshbargerFrank BellottiTom Reilly這幾人也都試過,但沒成功。

之前成功競選的是1940年代的Paul Dever

不過奚莉有她自己的優點。2018奚莉支持Ayanna Pressley和當時在位的卡普阿諾 (Michael E. Capuano) 競爭聯邦眾議員席位,結果Ayanna Pressley當選時,奚莉就站在她旁邊。

她自己2014年競選時,黨派初選時的對手Warren Tolman,不但以曾任麻州議員的身分,在黨代表大會中爭取到民主黨支持,還有當時的波士頓市長Martin Walsh,麻州州長Deval Patrick背書,但奚莉卻以24個百分點贏了這黨派初選。

一旦她參選麻州州長,戰力勢必仍然很強。

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