WRENTHAM, Mass. — A Wrentham businessman is entering the race for governor of Massachusetts.
Chris Doughty describes himself as a “moderate” and announced his candidacy with a video on Wednesday.
In his announcement, Doughty said “Massachusetts has become unaffordable for many of our residents” and specifically points to job growth and investments in education from early childhood through college and trade schools as priorities.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced last month they would not be seeking a third term.
Doughty is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard Business School. In 1992, he founded started Capstan Industries and Capstan Atlantic, based in Wrentham. He and his wife have six children and four grandchildren.
Doughty will compete against Geoff Diehl for the Republican nomination. Diehl, who launched his campaign before Baker decided not to, has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump
“I welcome the opportunity to discuss the future of our state with other candidates in the race and to contrast our differing views,” Diehl said in a statement Wednesday. “Republicans are looking for conservative values to chart the best path forward for our state, and I singularly represent those principles in this race.”
On the Democratic side, Attorney General Maura Healey, Danielle Allen and Sonia Chang-Diaz have announced their plans to run for the top state office. Chang-Diaz is a current state senator. Allen is a Harvard University political science professor.