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Governor Candidate Profile: Charlie Baker

Springfield, MA (WGGB)—Charlie Baker is the top front-runner in the race for governor. He’s been here before having lost to Deval Patrick in 2010.

Baker says jobs and education are his top priorities.

“For me the big thing is always going to be better economy, so the people who want to work can, better schools so that everybody knows they’re sending their kids to a great school and stronger communities.”

On Wednesday Baker spent part of the afternoon at the benchmark carbide company in Springfield which manufactures high quality machine tools.

“There are three thousand machinists who work in the Pioneer Valley right now many in businesses like this one and I think we should be recognizing that fact and building strategies that have the kind of skilled workers that companies out here like this need to grow and expand to be successful here.”

Baker has served in local government as a selectman in Swampscott.

He also worked as secretary of administration and finance under Governors William weld and Paul Cellucci, as well as being the former CEO at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

He feels that combined experience makes him the best candidate for governor.

Baker also favors a casino for Springfield. “I do want people out here in this part of Massachusetts to know specifically that I do support the Springfield casino plan I’ve walked the site, I think I’m the only candidate who’s actually done that I think the location of it is a great place to put it,” Baker said.

Baker says as Governor he would work to make sure the MGM casino proposal becomes a reality in Springfield.

In the past, Baker said he favored one casino for the state before deciding if more should be built.

He says he is against the current repeal effort which calls for overturning the current law which allows up to three casinos in the state.


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