By Matt Murphy and Andy Metzger
State House News Service
BOSTON — Rep. Harold Naughton, a Clinton Democrat and former prosecutor, plans to film a campaign announcement video over the weekend and officially announce his candidacy for attorney general next week, according to a source with knowledge of his planning.
After initially focusing his 2014 sights on the lieutenant governor’s race, Naughton shifted gears when Attorney General Martha Coakley formally announced her plans to run for governor. His House district includes Lancaster.
Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter announced Wednesday that he would not run for attorney general, but expressed disbelief that no one has yet stepped up to seek the seat being vacated by Coakley, who served two terms as the state’s top prosecutor.
“It is amazing to me that one month after Martha Coakley announced she was going to run for governor, and not for a third term as attorney general, no one has officially entered the race to become the next attorney general of the commonwealth — no district attorney, state legislator, mayor, or practicing lawyer,” Sutter wrote in the letter published in the Herald News of Fall River.
Meanwhile, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said he will not run for governor in 2014, eliminating one of the few remaining wild cards in the race to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick.
After finishing second to Sen. Katherine Clark in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Congress in the 5th District, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian has also been mentioned by Democrats as a potential candidate, though an adviser told the New Service he didn’t know if the former state representative and Middlesex prosecutor had given it much thought during his congressional campaign.
The race for state treasurer also got its first official entrant Monday when Deborah Goldberg, whose family founded the Stop & Shop supermarket chain, told the audience she hosted at her home for a Brookline Democratic Town Committee garden party that she would run. Goldberg, a former chair of the Brookline Board of Selectmen, finished second in the 2006 lieutenant governor’s race.
State Sen. Barry Finegold, an Andover Democrat, is also expected to run for treasurer.
Currently running unopposed for his 10th term as mayor of Somerville, Curtatone said the timing of the open governor’s race was not right.
“I’ve gone back and forth many times, countless times,” Curtatone told the News Service on Wednesday, later posting on social media that there were times he was “95 percent certain” he would run. He said, “It’s a quality of life decision for my family and I.”
Curtatone and his wife, Nancy, have four boys, the youngest of whom is entering kindergarten, and the mayor said the pressures and demands of a statewide campaign for the highest office seemed too large.
“Running an effective gubernatorial campaign is a very time consuming, physically exhausting feat,” Curtatone said.
In January, Curtatone will become the longest-serving mayor in Somerville’s history, and having assumed office in 2004, the Somerville native will hold the reins of government as the city prepares for an extension of the Green Line trolley.
“I have even more energy than when I started. I’m just so excited where this community has led itself to,” Curtatone said. He said, “You don’t have to be a governor of a state to be a leader across a state.”
Describing Republican candidate Charlie Baker as a “nice person,” Curtatone said he would listen to the other Democrats in the race in considering whom to support.
The field of Democrats running for governor currently includes Coakley, Treasurer Steven Grossman, former Obama Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald Berwick, bio-pharmaceutical executive Joseph Avellone, former state and federal homeland security official Juliette Kayyem, and Cape Cod Sen. Daniel Wolf, who has suspended his campaign pending the outcome of a dispute with the Ethics Commission over his ability to run and maintain ownership of Cape Air.
Independent Evan Falchuk is also running for governor, and libertarian Scott Douglas Lively, a conservative Christian activist based in Springfield and known for his anti-LGBT positions, has filed paperwork with the state to run for governor.