State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, a veteran progressive lawmaker who has helped lead legislative efforts on police reform and heads a new committee on racial equity, will launch a bid for governor on Wednesday, entering a historically diverse Democratic field in a bid to become Massachusetts’ first Latina governor.
Chang-Díaz, 43, is in her seventh term representing Jamaica Plain. A former teacher and the daughter of an astronaut, she was the first Latina elected to the state Senate in 2008 and has spent her years on Beacon Hill focused on education and criminal justice reform.
During the COVID-19 vaccine rollout this year, as vaccination rates for people of color lag behind those of white residents, she has been one of Governor Charlie Baker’s harshest critics, saying in February that the state’s distribution system was “a textbook case study of structural racism.” She also cochairs the Legislature’s committee on cannabis policy.
In a campaign announcement video, Chang-Díaz billed herself as a fighter focused on building eco-friendly infrastructure and closing the racial wealth gap.