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Jewish candidates vie in Mass. gubernatorial primary

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Steve Grossman, the former chair of AIPAC, will be one of two Jewish candidates for Massachusetts governor on the Democratic primary ballot.

Grossman, the state’s treasurer and one-time head of the Democratic National Committee, and Dr. Don Berwick, a Harvard-trained physician and former Medicare chief, qualified in voting by party delegates at the state’s Democratic convention held June 14.

A third Jewish candidate, Evan Falchuk, son of former Hadassah national president Nancy Falchuk, is running as an independent. Dan Wolf, a Jewish state senator and businessman, withdrew months ago from the heated race to succeed Deval Patrick, a Democrat.

The primary will be held in September.

Grossman was the top vote-getter June 14, garnering 35.2 percent of the delegates’ votes, ahead of Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general, who received 23.3 percent. Berwick was next at 22.1 percent, according to the Boston Globe.

Massachusetts has never had a Jewish governor, though it’s not a first for Jewish candidates to run for the state’s top office. — jta


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