By Dana Sanchez
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told senior Democrats Wednesday that he plans to run for president, and envisions a campaign similar to Barack Obama’s in 2008 with a focus on uniting and healing the country rather than on a particular ideology.
The only African American governor of Massachusetts, Patrick served two terms starting in 2006, succeeding Mitt Romney. Patrick is just the second elected Black governor in U.S. history. His entry in the Democratic race comes when memories are still raw of Andrew Gillum’s close race in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial race.
After losing to DeSantis, Gillum’s name came up as a potential presidential candidate. Gillum announced that he would not run for president but instead said he planned to register 1 million new Florida voters. More recently, Gillum’s name has come up as a possible vice presidential running mate for Warren.
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