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Coakley picks up several endorsements in Springfield

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Right now, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is considered the Democratic frontrunner in the race for governor.

With the state convention just two weeks away, Coakley is spending the weekend campaigning in Western Massachusetts.

Saturday afternoon, in front of supporters at River Front Park, Coakley received the endorsement of several city officials.

A native of Berkshire County, Coakley said she understands the importance of having Western Mass support.

"These are folks who work every day on the ground, know how this economy has been tough in Springfield," said Coakley. "We see some pockets of improvement, but we have a lot more work to do. I see the next governor, a Gov. Coakley, as being a partner with the people in Springfield about investing in our education and investing in the economy."

Endorsing Coakley Saturday were state representatives Sean Curran and Ben Swan, city councilors Bud Williams and Zaida Luna and vice-chair of the state's Democratic party Ray Jordan.

Williams told CBS 3 what convinced him to back Coakley for governor.  

"She won't forget Western Massachusetts," said Williams. "I think she can continue the legacy of Gov. [Deval] Patrick, who was in Western Mass numerous times. It makes a difference, because a lot of times Beacon Hill takes Western Mass for granted."

Coakley also picked up a union endorsement at Saturday's event from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 63.

She will continue campaigning through Western Mass on Sunday.

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