A Republican businessman announces his candidacy for the post of governor | Massachusetts News

BOSTON (AP) — Businessman Chris Doughty released a video Wednesday announcing he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Massachusetts.

Doughty, 59, from Wrentham, in the video, touted his job-creating success as chairman of a company that makes metal machinery parts, a business that first stumbled when a critical piece of the machine broke down.

“With the right team, a bit of creativity and a willingness to work hard, just about any problem can be solved,” he said. “It’s the same work ethic and teamwork that I will bring as governor.”

He called for making Massachusetts more affordable, protecting businesses and bringing well-paying jobs to the state. He also called for making Massachusetts a leader in education, from preschool to colleges and trade schools.

Doughty is seen as a moderate alternative to the other Republican who has announced a race, former state lawmaker Geoff Diehl, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

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Father and grandfather, Doughty never ran for political office.

Attorney General Maura Healey, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Harvard University professor Danielle Allen are running as Democrats.

Outgoing Republican Governor Charlie Baker is not seeking a third term.

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