Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 19, 2013, 5:15pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s announcement earlier this week that she is running for governor has opened the floodgates for potential successors.

And the list of those interested seems to be growing by the day.

The Sun Chronicle reported Tuesday that Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, a Democrat, is “seriously considering” a run for the Attorney General’s Office.

Also, Barbara Anthony, undersecretary of consumer affairs, reportedly has wanted to run for the office for years.

A source told the newspaper that Secretary of State Bill Galvin is thinking about running, too.

Also considering a run: state Rep. Harold Naughton and state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, both Democrats.

Coakley, the first woman to serve as the state’s top lawyer, officially launched her campaign for governor Monday.

“I am so excited to announce today my candidacy for governor of Massachusetts,” she said.


We are coming out of this tough economic crisis, but many families are still struggling. The reason we are going to emerge from this and build a better future is because of our people. The same people I’ve had the privilege to serve with and for throughout my career.

“The people of Massachusetts are tough, smart, resilient, and we care about each other. 

These folks are the reason I’m running for governor. You need someone who will fight for you. Someone who will take your side. I’ve done that as attorney general and I’ll do it as governor.”

Her campaign released a video announcement the same day.

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