Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced her candidacy for governor Monday, kicking off a three day tour of 18 cities and towns in the state. She stopped by Pittsfield and North Adams Tuesday, speaking with voters and residents on the second day of her tour. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more on this story.
BERKSHIRE COUNTY, Mass. -- Entering the room to a flurry of applause, the Attorney General looked confident. She greeted a former high school classmate from North Adams, a not so subtle reminder to voters that she's from the Berkshires.
"I grew up here. I know what some of the economic issues are here. I know when the economic goes south, it goes deeper here and it's tougher for it to come back," said Martha Coakley.
She's hoping to strike a stronger connection with voters during her run for governor. This is something she says she could have done better during 2010 senatorial race against Scott Brown.
"I appreciate that I made some mistakes during that race. And my biggest regret is that people thought I didn't work hard," said Coakley.
That's not what Pittsfield resident Donna Walto thinks.
"I know that she cares about the Berkshires and the whole state of Massachusetts. I like her style as Attorney General and the things she represents," said Walto.
"As Attorney General, I've worked really hard to make sure health care costs are curtailed, so people have access to healthcare and they have choice. I've worked on keeping energy costs down. Those are two cost drivers for businesses," said Coakley.
Some Democrats like Tommie Hutto-Blake from Becket are a little more cautious about where to place their vote. Coakley is running against four other Democratic candidates and one Republican candidate.
"I've been very involved as an activist. In that aspect, I'm rooting for her. But that doesn't mean she's going to be my candidate until she proves herself," said Hutto-Blake.