Goldberg’s win puts her one step closer to making history

By Susie Davidson

Special to the Advocate

Democratic nominee for state treasurer Deborah Goldberg PHOTO/SUSIE DAVIDSON

Deborah Goldberg’s victory over state senator Barry Finegold and state representative Tom Conroy in the three-way Democratic primary race for Massachusetts Treasurer on Sept. 9, put her in a position to become the first Jewish woman to win statewide office. She will now face Republican nominee Michael Heffernan, a Wellesley resident, as well as Ian Jackson of the Green- Rainbow party, in the November general election.

Goldberg would succeed Steve Grossman who served as state treasurer for the past four years and narrowly lost the primary to Martha Coakley. According to the National Democratic Jewish Council, when Grossman was elected treasurer ofMassachusetts in 2010, he became the first Jewish statewide elected official in Massachusetts in over 50 years. George Feingold, who between 1952 and 1958 served three terms as attorney general, was the first Jew to win statewide elective office, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. At the time of his death in 1958, he was the Republican nominee for governor.

At her primary night celebration at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Goldberg said that the campaign had been an opportunity for her to honor the Jewish values that had been part of the Rabb/Goldberg family, who founded Stop & Shop supermarkets. A Brookline native, she worked for the company, beginning as a retail clerk, until it was sold in 1988.

Goldberg said she would not campaign on Yom Kippur, adding that her father, husband and son carry the Torah at Brookline’s Congregation Kehillath Israel during Kol Nidre. “My children are the sixth generation to go there,” she said.