Latest Poll Puts Mayor Driscoll In Lead For Lieutenant Governor Seat

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In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Driscoll campaign submitted to SOURCE media. (Source file photo from Driscoll’s visit to Framingham in April 2022)


BOSTON – In another winning debate performance, Mayor Kim Driscoll showed she is ready to lead on day one as a partner to Governor Healey, as the only candidate in this race with executive experience.

Today’s debate was hosted by WBUR, WCVB, and the Boston Globe. MassINC also released a poll showing Mayor Driscoll with a lead over her opponents in this race, which is the latest poll underscoring her momentum, as Driscoll continues to lead in every public poll in this race. 

The debate win comes on the heels of over 50 new endorsements from leaders across the Commonwealth, including: Boston Former Acting Mayor Kim Janey; former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Tom O’Neill; former Congressman Bill Delahunt; Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett; Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan; Norfolk Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell; Franklin Register of Probate John Merrigan; State Senator John Keenan; over 20 current and former State Representatives; former Mayors Yvonne M. Spicer (Framingham), Kendrys Vasquez (Lawrence), and Joe O’Brien (Worcester); labor and advocacy organizations like Teamsters Local 25 and Mass Retirees; county officials, city councilors, school committee members, and Democratic State Committee members from Worthington to Gloucester to New Bedford and everywhere in between. This support builds key momentum as people continue to cast their ballots in real time and election day nears with under three weeks to go.

Mayor Driscoll said: “I am running for Lieutenant Governor as a proud member of the Get Stuff Done wing of government. There’s no hiding when you’re a Mayor. People are hurting right now and they need results from their government to alleviate current conditions – particularly as we grapple with affordability with gas prices, housing, and the rising costs to feed your family. I am the only candidate in this race with a proven track record of on-the-ground results, fighting the most urgent fights, and I’m ready to partner with Maura Healey as we find creative solutions to the problems we hear about from people in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

During the debate, Mayor Driscoll described her collaborative leadership style, noting that the state has significant work to do on transportation and pointing to the successful multimodal solutions in Salem. Mayor Driscoll established a mobility hub, one of Salem’s bold transportation initiatives to create more options for residents to travel, including bike shares, ride shares, expanding public transit, subsidized public shuttles, and the Salem Skipper. She noted: “I fully support grand infrastructure like East-West rail, but the reality on the ground is that most people are trying to get around their own communities and the current system is on fire. We need to do better for our cities and towns.”

The latest public poll, conducted by MassINC in early August, showed Mayor Driscoll leading the field with 15% of support, with her opponents trailing at 8% and 7% respectively.

A previous UMass Lowell poll followed the same pattern, with Driscoll earning more than twice the support of her opponents.

To date, Mayor Driscoll has over 300 public endorsers that include current and former elected officials across Massachusetts, labor unions, national leaders such as Barbara Lee, and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

These endorsements also follow Driscoll’s resounding endorsement at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Worcester this past June, where she secured over 41% of support in a crowded five-way race. The full list of endorsers can be found here.

Driscoll is Salem’s 50th Mayor, the first woman to serve in the role, and has been reelected to the position five times by significant margins. Her career includes work in Chelsea, as Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy City Manager, working to rebuild the city as it came out of receivership by helping to usher in inclusivity, equity, and accountability. In 2003, just three years into her Salem City Council term, she knew her hometown deserved new leadership and transparency in City Hall. She won a tough, three-way race for Mayor in 2005, and since then, she has led on issues that matter most to our neighborhoods – COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, improving the city’s public schools as Chair of the School Committee, supporting housing affordability, boosting economic empowerment by supporting small businesses, leading on climate action and resiliency in a historic seaside community, and acting with a commitment to racial equity and inclusion at a time of national upheaval.

As a proud member of the “Get Stuff Done” wing of government, she has exemplified great leadership for Salem, our region, and our Commonwealth. She is now running for Lieutenant Governor to bring that effective, equitable, and visionary leadership to Beacon Hill and empower cities and towns across Massachusetts. You can learn more about Driscoll and her campaign by visiting


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