Donald Berwick, a pediatrician and former Obama administration health care official, formally announced on Monday that he plans to run for governor in 2014, entering a slowly evolving field.
Mr. Berwick, a Chilmark summer resident, served for a year and a half as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Mr. Obama. Since January, he has been meeting with voters and donors as he explored a potential campaign. Mr. Berwick has already raised roughly $223,220 toward a gubernatorial bid, including $100,000 of his own money put toward the campaign, and spent more than $47,827 as he has hired staff and begun to put together a team, the State House News service reported.
“We lead the nation — with hard work and a continued commitment to making our state better and taking care of the most vulnerable among us, we can ensure that tradition of leadership continues. As a doctor, an educator, an innovator and someone who has dedicated his professional career to making things work better and to helping people, I am ready to lead,” Mr. Berwick said in a statement released Monday afternoon.