Baker, Kayyem release biographical videos in governor’s race

Sticking to the upbeat image that has marked his 2014 gubernatorial bid, Republican Charlie Baker today released a peppy video that mixed snippets of a November speech he gave to the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce with shots of him on the campaign trail and scenes of Massachusetts.

In the video, Baker, the 2010 GOP nominee for governor, indicated he would like to serve two terms.

“I would love to have the opportunity to have eight years making Massachusetts great on your behalf,” he said.


He emphasized there is “no reason” Massachusetts can’t become a more business friendly state.

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“Whether you’re talking about the cost of energy, permitting, land, health care, regulatory.” he said. “Is this brain surgery? No!”

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Juliette Kayyem, a former state and federal homeland security official, also released a web video.

“Taking on discrimination in military academies, holding BP responsible, Juliette has the tenacity to stand up to lobbyists and special interests and get things done for people,” a narrator says in the five-minute biopic.

Baker faces Mark R. Fisher, a political novice from Shrewsbury, in the Republican primary.


Kayyem faces four Democrats, who are currently vying for their party’s nomination. They are: Attorney General Martha Coakley; Treasurer Steven Grossman; former Obama administration health care official Donald M. Berwick; and Joseph C. Avellone, an executive at a bio-pharmaceutical research firm.

Two independent candidates have also launched bids for governor: Evan Falchuk, an attorney and former business executive; and evangelical christian pastor Scott Lively.

Venture capital investor Jeffrey S. McCormick, an independent, is seriously considering a run as well.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.