Report: Coakley planning to run for re-election in 2014

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 24, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Wednesday she plans to run for re-election in 2014.

Coakley, a Democrat, told reporters at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce event she would not be running for governor, according to The Associated Press.

Last week, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray said he would not run for governor. The Democrat said he wants to spend more time with his family.

But Murray's decision has not changed Coakley's plans, the attorney general said.

Incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick, also a Democrat, has said he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Coakley was elected attorney general in the 2006 general election, defeating Republican Larry Frisoli with 73 percent of the vote.

She is the first woman to serve as the state's top lawyer.

In 2010, she also was the Democratic nominee in a special election to fill the seat in the U.S. Senate held by Sen. Paul Kirk, who was appointed following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. The election decided who would fill the remaining three years of longtime senator's term.

Coakley was defeated by Republican Scott Brown, 52 to 47 percent.

In 2010, she was re-elected as attorney general.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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