Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz announces end to bid for Massachusetts governor

BOSTON — Democratic Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz on Thursday announced that she is ending her bid to become the next governor of Massachusetts.

In a statement, Chang-Díaz confirmed that she is no longer actively campaigning for governor and will be shifting her focus to electing “Courage Democrats.” Despite the decision, her name will remain on the ballot.

“The reality is, this race has always been about more than just me. It’s been about all of us coming together and building a movement for courage and urgency in this state. A good leader calls the question and focuses resources not just on themselves — but on the best way to build our power and win real change for the long-term,” Chang-Díaz said. “I am going to be spending my time campaigning and marshaling my supporters and the movement we’ve built for these Courage Democrats down ballot, candidates who walk the walk when it comes to our values. I have no doubt that they will fight to put courage over politics in our state, and I am going to be using my energy to help put them into office.”

The slate of Courage Democrats are as follows:

  • Vivian Birchall, Candidate for State Representative, 14th Middlesex District
  • Raul Fernandez, Candidate for State Representative, 15th Norfolk District
  • Sam Montaño, Candidate for State Representative, 15th Suffolk District
  • Ricardo Arroyo, Candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney
  • Rahsaan Hall, Candidate for Plymouth County District Attorney

Chang-Díaz had entered the race for governor after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced he would not be seeking reelection in November.

Other candidates for governor include Republican Geoff Diehl, Republican Chris Doughty, and Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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