Boston investor may launch independent campaign for governor

A Boston investor is telling friends he may run for governor as an independent in 2014, declaring, “I’m at a stage in my life when I am ready for this challenge.”

If he were to enter the race, Jeffrey S. McCormick, the founder of Saturn Partners, would be the second independent candidate for governor, joining Evan Falchuck, a former business executive who launched his campaign in February. But McCormick might pose the most direct challenge to Charles D. Baker, a Republican who has also been working as a venture capitalist and promising to bring a business-minded perspective to state government.

“I have come to believe that an independent, solutions-oriented governor could bring a new spirit to Beacon Hill, and help make Massachusetts the leading state for opportunity and quality of life,” McCormick wrote in an e-mail to friends.

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McCormick is a political neophyte whose firm has helped launch such companies as Boston Duck Tours and Constant Contact, an e-mail marketing program. He has donated to politicians of both parties over the years, including giving more than $45,000 to the Democratic National Committee; $2,500 to Republican Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign; and $1,000 to Baker in his 2010 run for governor against Deval Patrick.

“We can no longer sit on the sidelines and hope the answers will come solely from politicians of either party,” McCormick wrote. “We have to bet on ourselves, and become part of the solution. Some may feel threatened by an independent candidacy, but I believe collaborative leadership draws the best ideas from many sources.”

He declined to be interviewed about his potential candidacy, saying in an e-mail to the Globe: “As you probably know, I am in a period of soliciting additional feedback from trusted advisors and friends and will be making my decision in the coming weeks.”

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