|By Douglas Moser, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.|
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Finegold, 42, said he chose his childhood home as a backdrop to emphasize his middle-class roots and his experience working on fiscal issues as a member of
In an interview with
"I scraped every nickel and dime to start my business," Finegold said. "I believe these qualities will make me a strong advocate for taxpayers."
If elected, Finegold said he would take over an office which manages the state's woefully underfunded pension system and operates a state Lottery system that he said is expected to take a financial hit as major casinos open and drain gambling dollars from the state's games.
An opponent of casino authorization bills in both the state
But with eventually three casinos in
"Where are all these dollars coming from?" he said.
He said he would oppose allowing Lottery tickets to be purchased with credit cards, and opening the state Keno game online to make it easier for people to play anywhere.
The state's pension system is underfunded by between
"We'll have to be disciplined even in the bad times," Finegold said.
He supports current Treasurer
Grossman is not seeking another term so he can run for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Finegold has said since last
Goldberg, whose family founded the Stop & Shop supermarket chain, has
Heffernan just notified the state of his campaign and has not yet filed any financial disclosures.
The primary is
Finegold has been a state senator since 2011 and represented
This year he serves as chairman of the Election Laws committee and vice chairman of the joint
He also serves on the Education; Health Care Financing; and Labor and
The rush is already on for Finegold's state senate seat, which covers parts of
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