In choosing a successor to capable state treasurer Steve Grossman, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic gubernatorial nod, voters should want someone who combines his experience, energy and willingness to explore new concepts. Deborah Goldberg has the potential to meet those standards.
Ms. Goldberg brings a unique private-public perspective. As a member of the family that built Stop & Shop, she knows the challenges facing businesses. As a former member of the Board of Selectmen in Brookline, Ms. Goldberg knows government at its roots. The Democratic candidate’s knowledge of financial issues from the viewpoint of a government official and a businesswoman will serve her well as treasurer.
An opponent of casinos, she will be an ally of the small store owners who have become dependent on the Lottery should casinos survive the Nov. 4 referendum. Her Republican opponent, Mike Heffernan, has expressed support for casinos as a tool to boost the economy but that is not what is happening in Atlantic City or southeastern Connecticut.
Mr. Heffernan has long experience in the financial industry, which would serve him as treasurer, but he does not have his opponent’s valuable experience in the public sector. Ms. Goldberg has negotiated with public unions, worked with pension systems and engaged at a local level with the same issues that will confront her as treasurer.
As has been the case with Mr. Grossman, she will aggressively promote the financial literacy programs that will help residents avoid the traps set by Wall Street. The treasurer oversees the state’s school renovation program, which is of considerable importance to the Berkshires, and her pro-education stance and background suggest she will be responsive to towns trying to do better by their young people.
Under Mr. Grossman, the office of state treasurer has become more open and pro-active, and the once-struggling pension fund has gained strength. Ms. Goldberg has shown in her campaign and demonstrated in her career that she will take an activist approach as well, enabling this important office to fulfill its varied duties. The Eagle endorses Deborah Goldberg as state treasurer.
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