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Martha Coakley campaigns in Western Massachusetts

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She is considered one of the front runners in this year's race for governor.

Attorney General Martha Coakley spent her Sunday campaigning in Western Massachusetts.

After stops in Franklin and Berkshire counties, Coakley ended the day in Easthampton for a meet and greet.

It was part of her month-long "Martha in Your Community" statewide tour.

Coakley, who is a Berkshire County native, said she understands the struggles of Western Mass residents.

"When the economy is tough, it's tougher out in this part of the state," Coakley stated. "Coming back is going to be tougher too. I think it's incredibly important that the next governor be the governor for the whole state. So a lot of what I talked about, in talking with voters across Western Mass, looked at regional development, regional transportation issues, the internet access issue and making sure that we have regional equity moving forward."

For Coakley, this governor's race offers a shot at redemption following her failed U.S. Senate run in 2010, when she lost to Republican Scott Brown.

She said her campaign has learned a lot over the past four years since that last run.

"It was a tough loss," said Coakley. "I've acknowledged that. It was tough for people in the state and in the country. I got back to work, ran again for attorney general. We did a lot of good work holding banks accountable, preventing foreclosures, challenging the Defense of Marriage Act and I'm asking people to consider that as we move forward."

Coakley will be back in Western Mass this coming Wednesday night when she takes part in the Pioneer Valley Candidates Night in Northampton.

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