Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has endorsed Democrat Don Berwick for governor, according to a press release. She will also serve as the chair of his campaign.
Berwick is the founder of the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Berwick is battling candidates Martha Coakley, the current state attorney general; Steve Grossman, the current state treasurer; Joe Avellone; and Juliette Kayyem for the Democratic nomination for governor.
“Don has spent his career advocating for the public, finding practical solutions to big-scale problems, and fighting for underserved communities,” said Chang-Díaz, according to the press release. “His passion, vision and willingness to stand up for what is right will make a difference in people’s lives—as, indeed, it literally already has.”
She said Berwick has put forward an agenda that would “preserve adequate resources for our schools,” ensure workers in the state earn a livable wage and reform the corrections system.
Local state Reps. Jeff Sánchez and Liz Malia did not respond to requests asking if they are endorsing any of the candidates.