Founding partner at Boston VC firm Saturn Partners Jeffrey McCormick officially entered the race for the governor’s 2014 seat this afternoon reports State House News Service. According to the report, McCormick filed the necessary paperwork to run for governor as an independent.
McCormick listed a Beacon Street address close to the Boston Public Gardens for his campaign’s headquarters. The partner also formed an account with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance Monday morning, which will likely be run by Francis Basler Jr., who was named as campaign treasurer.
News of McCormick’s public declaration of candidacy comes 20 days after an email from McCormick and sent around to a number of friends was leaked to the press. The note seemed to hint at the investor’s strong interest in joining the race:
“…an independent, solutions-oriented governor could bring a new spirit to Beacon Hill, and help make Massachusetts the leading state for opportunity and quality of life…I’m at a stage in my life when I am ready for this challenge.
We can no longer sit on the sidelines and hope the answer will come solely from politicians of either party. We have to bet on ourselves, and become part of the solution.”
McCormick, 52, is the second candidate with VC roots bidding for current Mass. governor Deval Patrick’s position. General Catalyst Entrepreneur-in-Residence Charlie Baker, who ran for governor and lost to Patrick in 2010, will run on the Republican ticket, and is currently the only GOP candidate thus far.