Less than two months away from primary elections, one of the front-runners in the race for governor paid the city a visit on Sunday.
Democratic candidate Martha Coakley was on hand as her campaign officially opened its office on State Street.
Coakley is squaring off with State Treasurer Steve Grossman and former Medicare chief Don Berwick for the nomination.
The current Massachusetts attorney general said Springfield will be an important factor in the race for the governor's seat.
"A lot of the things I want to do as governor will really be helpful in Springfield," said Coakley. "Early education, good school days for everybody, investment in our workforce and bringing in the kinds of business and industry that will help us move forward on our terms. I think people in Springfield are ready for some changes and I'm ready to help them make those happen."
Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will likely square off this November with Republican Charlie Baker for governor.
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