Democratic candidates for Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey and Warren Tolman outlined their goals and capabilities as the Bay State's chief law enforcement officer during a roundtable discussion hosted by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School.
Healey said she would fight for reproductive healthcare for women, continue combating predatory lending practices and for-profit schools, provide greater mental health and substance abuse services in the state, and work on reforming gun sale laws if elected. Healey has served in the Attorney General’s Office since 2008, most recently as chief of the Civil Rights division and Public Protection & Advocacy and Business & Labor bureaus.
“I understand the important core issues that the attorney general wrestles with day in and day out, and I understand the important exercise of those responsibilities,” Healey said.
Tolman said familial lessons of standing up for what you believe in and working hard helped solidified his reputation in the public and private sectors, especially with taking on the tobacco industry, domestic violence initiatives and campaign finance reform. Tolman said that as attorney general he would implement smart gun fingerprint technology on gun handles to cut down on unnecessary gun violence, despite the National Rifle Association giving him an “F rating.”
Tolman is a former state senator and state representative who was most recently an attorney at the law firm of Holland and Knight.
“When Warren Tolman is your attorney general, you will have a fighter, you will have an advocate, you will have someone in your corner,” he said.
The candidates took questions from a panel of three former assistant attorneys general - Alice Moore, counsel to the Massachusetts State Senate, and Suffolk Law Professors Dwight Golann and Rosanna Cavallaro. The panelists repeatedly referred to their own experience in the Attorney General's Office as they asked the candidates about how they would handle conflicts, difficult decisions and some of the current issues facing the commonwealth.
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Each candidate gave brief opening remarks. Watch Healey's opening remarks:
Watch Tolman's opening remarks: