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For Democratic hopefuls who fell short, reflection and rest

They’re moving on.

After former homeland security official Juliette Kayyem and biopharmaceutical executive Joe Avellone fell short of garnering the required delegate votes at Saturday’s party convention in Worcester, both gubernatorial hopefuls said today they are looking toward the future.

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In a telephone interview this afternoon, Kayyem, who came up just short of the 15 percent threshold needed to qualify for the Sept. 9 primary ballot, said she had mourned the loss and was left feeling only gratitude.

“It’s remarkable to go through the seven stages of grief in 36 hours, but now I’m over it,” she said with a laugh.

Kayyem said she went hiking on Sunday, was going to the Red Sox game tonight, and planned to go surfing on Wednesday. Her summer plans include working on a book and spending more time with her family. But, Kayyem explained, she plans to stay involved in politics. “I definitely want to be part of an effort to push on with Deval Patrick’s legacy” and keep a Democrat in the Corner Office.

She said she had only one regret: not getting in earlier. “Essentially, we had a very, very short runway. We always knew that. We did. The successes we had were always tempered by knowing that this was really hard for someone like me to do,” she said.

Avellone said it was hard to lose, but he has no regrets.

For now, he’s catching up on things that fell by the wayside during his bid and spending time with his family. Avellone said his first grandchild was baptized on Sunday and “that was a great new beginning.”

After the loss, Avellone said he had no big plans or indulgences except “maybe a little golf.” He added he wanted to continue to try and make a difference, “perhaps in government, perhaps in some other way.”

After months of campaigning across Massachusetts, the political novice said it is “very uplifting to know how many really good people in the state there are who really care about the Commonwealth and care about each other.”

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