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June 19, 2014

State Sen. Barry Finegold secures bid for state treasurer

One of three Democrats facing off in primary

State Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover has joined two other challengers to in securing spot on the Democratic primary ballot in the race for state treasurer .

At their election-year convention in Worcester this past Saturday, delegates from across Massachusetts agreed to send all three Democrats to the voters in the primary for the wide open treasurer’s race.

Finegold together with Deb Goldberg of Brookline and Rep. Thomas Conroy of Wayland all cleared the 15 percent threshold of delegate support, enabling them to continue their campaigns.

Party officials said 4,609 party registered delegates traveled to Worcester for a convention that brought together party insiders to judge and rally around their slate of candidates ahead of the fall elections.

After a first round of voting that stretched on for four hours, it was announced that Goldberg had earned 38.9 percent of the 4,299 votes cast, Conroy 33.9 percent and Finegold 27.1 percent.

At 7 p.m., in an announcement that drew cheers, party chairman Tom McGee said Goldberg and Conroy agreed not to force a second ballot “in recognition of the long day,” leaving the party without a formally endorsed candidate for treasurer.

While they riled the party faithful in the DCU Center, the treasurer candidates have yet to connect with voters.

In a Suffolk University poll taken June 4-7 of 800 likely Massachusetts voters, 74 percent said they were undecided when asked if they were leaning toward voting for Conroy, Finegold or Goldberg. Among those who had a preference, 10.7 percent chose Goldberg, 8.4 percent Finegold and 4.4 percent Conroy.

Financial services executive Michael Heffernan of Wellesley is unopposed running as a Republican this year for treasurer.

In Massachusetts, the state treasurer handles a variety of sometimes unrelated duties, overseeing the state lottery, employee retirement and school construction programs; running the state’s cash and borrowing programs, and leading a board that manages state pension fund investments.

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