Cape and islands Senator Dan Wolf announces run for governor

State Senator Daniel Wolf, spoke at an April 2013 meeting in Tisbury about health care reform. — File photo by Steve Myrick

Sen. Daniel Wolf, a Harwich Democrat who founded Cape Air 25 years ago, announced his campaign for governor on Wednesday. Mr. Wolf, a newcomer first elected in November 2010, represents the Cape and islands.

He joins a crowded field that includes three other Democrats already in the race, but the field is expected to grow with Attorney General Martha Coakley and Congressman Michael Capuano also considering runs, the State House News reported. Charles Baker, the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee, and former Sen. Scott Brown are considered possible candidates for governor.

Mr. Wolf announced his intention to run in 2014 with a press release and a video posted to YouTube, promising to “build” on the work of Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and work to grow the middle class. Mr. Patrick will not seek a third term next year.

“Together we can show that an economy is better when it grows from the middle out, not the top down, and that government helps build that kind of economy when we spend today’s dollars on tomorrow, rather than continuing to spend tomorrow’s dollars on today. That’s why I am running for Governor,” Mr. Wolf said.

Former Obama administration health official and Chilmark summer resident Donald Berwick and former Wellesley selectman and health care executive Joseph Avellone are the only other Democrats who have formally declared as candidates for governor in 2014.