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Republican Businessman Chris Doughty Enters Massachusetts Governor's Race

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Businessman Chris Doughty released a video Wednesday announcing that he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Massachusetts.

Doughty, 59, of Wrentham, touted his success creating jobs as the president of a company that manufactures metal machine parts, a business that stumbled at first when a critical piece of machinery broke down.

"With the right team, a little creativity and the willingness to work hard, just about any problem can be solved," he said. "This is the same work ethic and teamwork I will bring as your governor."

He called for making Massachusetts more affordable, protecting businesses, and recruiting high-paying jobs to the state. He also called for making Massachusetts an educational leader from early education through college and trade schools.

Doughty is seen as a moderate alternative to the other Republican who has announced a run, former State Rep. Geoff Diehl, who has been endorsed by former president Donald Trump.

A father and grandfather, Doughty has never before run for political office.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Harvard professor Danielle Allen are running in the Democratic primary.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is not seeking a third term.

(© Copyright 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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