Lt. Gov. Healey announces bid for Massachusetts’ governor |

Lt. Gov. Healey announces bid for Massachusetts’ governor

BOSTON – Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey on Wednesday announced her bid to become the state’s first elected woman governor, pledging to fight for lower taxes and education reform.In a speech to supporters, the Republican pledged to “stand up to the tax-and-spend attitude of the Democratic Legislature.” She also said she would push to raise the legal age a young person can leave high school from 16 to 18.”To allow 16-year-olds to end their education is to sentence them to a life of disappointment, poverty or even jail,” she said.Healey, 45, is looking to take over from Mitt Romney, who announced late last year that he would not run for re-election, in part to mull a possible presidential run in 2008.Democrats in the race include Attorney General Thomas Reilly and Deval Patrick, chief of civil rights for the Justice Department during the Clinton administration.One possible GOP challenger for Healey is former Massachusetts Turnpike Board member Christy Mihos, who has not yet decided whether to run as a Republican or an independent.Healey would be the second woman to hold the office. Jane Swift, lieutenant governor at the time, took over for Paul Cellucci in 2001 but decided against running to make way for Romney.Vail, Colorado

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