- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - While many Massachusetts Democrats are keeping a close eye on the party’s five-way race for governor, there are other races drawing multiple candidates, including contests for attorney general, treasurer and lieutenant governor.

Those candidates face the same challenge as the gubernatorial hopefuls - collecting the support of 15 percent of delegates at Saturday’s Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Worcester. That threshold is needed to secure a spot on the September primary ballot.

The party’s two-way contest for attorney general is one of the races garnering the closest scrutiny, pitting former state Sen. Warren Tolman against Maura Healey, a former top deputy to Attorney General Martha Coakley, who is running for governor.

Tolman served as state representative and senator representing his hometown of Watertown from 1991 to 1999. He was the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor in 1998 and in 2002 launched a failed bid for governor. More recently he’s worked at the law firm of Holland and Knight.

Tolman said he’ll focus on-campus sexual assault, gun violence and opiate abuse if elected. Warren said he’ll also push for the adoption of so-called “smart gun” technology.

“I believe we can require the implementation of smart gun technology on guns sold in the commonwealth,” he said.

Healey points to her experience in the attorney general’s office. She headed up two divisions in the office and helped spearhead the state’s successful challenge to the portion of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act which barred married gay couples in Massachusetts from receiving the same federal benefits as straight couples.

“The one thing I don’t need an introduction to is the job of attorney general,” Healey said. “I’m running for attorney general based on my last seven years in that office.”

The Boston resident was once the starting point guard on a professional basketball team in Austria.

Winchester attorney John Miller is the lone Republican candidate for attorney general.

In the other open races:

-The Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor include former Department of Agriculture regional administrator James Arena-DeRosa, Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung, former presidential elector Michael Lake, and former Lancaster selectman Stephen Kerrigan.

Shrewsbury state representative Karyn Polito is the only Republican candidate.

Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately in each party’s primary and then as a team in the general election.

-The Democratic candidates to replace state Treasurer Steven Grossman, who is running for governor, include Wayland state Rep. Thomas Conroy, Andover state Sen. Barry Finegold and former Brookline Selectman Deborah Goldberg.

Wellesley’s Michael James Heffernan is the only Republican candidate.

-Two statewide Democratic incumbents - Secretary William Galvin and Auditor Suzanne Bump - face no primary competition, although both have Republican opponents. Galvin will face Malden City Councilor David D’Arcangelo in November while Bump faces Norfolk resident Patricia Saint Aubin.

-U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat running for his first full six-year term, will face off against Hopkinton Republican Brian Herr in November.

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