BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Andrea Campbell is the first black woman in Massachusetts history to be elected attorney general.
Campbell had received approval from Attorney General Maura Healey, the Democratic nominee for governor, as well as four previous attorneys general, US Senator Edward Markey and US Representative Ayanna Pressley.
During her victory speech, Campbell cited her faith and family history, including her twin brother Andre, who died in government custody.
“He and so many of you gave me the courage to keep moving forward to turn pain into goals and my God gave me the strength to make it happen,” she told supporters, gathered at a downtown hotel assembled from Boston.
Campbell also addressed a number of issues she wanted to address, including fighting wage theft and defending seniors, protecting renters and homeowners, pushing for common sense gun laws, and supporting anti-violence organizations.
“For those who felt unseen, this win is for you. For those who have felt left out, this win is for you. For those who have felt excluded, left behind and undervalued, this win is for you,” she said.
Campbell has spoken openly about the lives of her father and brothers involvement in the criminal justice system.
The 40-year-old has credited a Boston public education system with helping get her into schools that opened doors to success, while her brother’s schools had few resources. She also said that as a girl, she was less likely to be racially profiled by the criminal justice system.
Campbell grew up in Boston and attended Princeton University and UCLA Law School and served as assistant legal counsel to former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.
During the campaign, Campbell said she will “look at any issue through the lens of equity.” She said Massachusetts residents do not all have equal access to affordable health care or housing and are not all equally affected by criminal justice, crime or the climate crisis.
She added that communities of color are “disproportionately surveilled and incarcerated” and the disparity in school funding and quality — broken down by income, race and region — is stark.
McMahon, who said during the campaign that Campbell would be lenient with crime, had also pointed to personal tragedy as a motivation for running for attorney general. McMahon, 68, said his son Joel, an Army veteran, died of an opioid overdose in 2008.
He said that loss is the reason he aspired to the post.
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