GREENFIELD — Lucas G. Cote is not your typical candidate for statewide elected office. He has no campaign volunteers, virtually no political experience, and he will refuse all donations.
But that doesn’t stop him from running for the Republican nomination for governor.
Côté, 53, of Greenfield, registered with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance ahead of the party’s primary election scheduled for September. General elections will be held on November 8.
“I think if somebody likes what you offer…it shouldn’t have to do with big corporations giving you money and trying to get you to accept their programs and stuff like that,” he said. -he declares.
Côté’s only brush with politics was an unsuccessful run for the Montague Selectboard some 20 years ago.
If elected, Côté said he would like to look at ways to cut taxes to provide relief to businesses and workers and to keep veterans’ health care in their communities as much as possible. He mentioned recent news that the US Department of Veterans Affairs may include the VA Northampton Medical Center on a list of aging facilities recommended for closure in future years, and said he would like a chance. to prevent this from happening.
An independent voter the vast majority of his adult life, Côté said he joined the GOP about two years ago.
“I love what the Republican Party stands for,” he said.
Côté has mentioned that he supports Gov. Charlie Baker and began seriously considering a gubernatorial run late last year after learning that Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito had no plans to stand for re-election.
“I think (Baker’s) has done a great job and I would just like to improve where … he stops,” said Côté, who worked as a janitor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for nearly 33 years old. He said he is from Huntington and attended Gateway Regional High School for two years before graduating from Belchertown High School. He moved from Montague to Greenfield about two years ago.
Côté said he wants to focus on job training programs and addiction treatment to reduce homelessness while studying the causes of the problem so they can be addressed. He also wants to see the planned east-west rail system from Boston to Pittsfield come to fruition.
He said he also supports law enforcement and identifies as pro-life.
“After so many weeks, I believe it’s the baby’s right to be born,” Côté said, adding that there were “certain circumstances,” like rape or incest, that would cause him to give in a bit.
Côté mentioned that he believes in an environment with safe renewable energy, that parents should have more say in what their children learn in school, and that biological men should not be allowed to compete in female sports.
To get his name on the primary ballot, Côté said he needed to collect 10,000 signatures in time to be certified by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance by 5 p.m. may. He said he had no campaign staff and plans to collect those signatures on his own.
Contact Domenic Poli at: [email protected] or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.