BAKER SUPPORTING ATTLEBORO REPUBLICAN IN SENATE RACE
By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BOSTON, SEPT. 27, 2017....Gov. Charlie Baker met Tuesday with Republican Senate candidate Jacob Ventura and a Baker aide told the News Service Wednesday that the governor is supporting the Attleboro resident in his quest to fill the Senate seat vacated earlier this year by Walpole Democrat James Timilty.
Baker met with Ventura at the party's headquarters in Boston to congratulate him on his primary win and wish him good luck, according to Baker political aide Jim Conroy. Baker did not back a candidate in the four-person GOP primary that Ventura won on Sept. 19.
Ventura quickly posted photos from his meetup with the governor on his social media accounts to promote their visit.
"Productive discussion with Governor Charlie Baker this morning about some of the important issues facing the people of the Commonwealth and my campaign for Senate," Ventura wrote on his Facebook page.
Democrat Paul Feeney of Foxborough and unenrolled candidate Joe Shortsleeve of Medfield are also running in the Oct. 17 special election. Feeney beat Edward Philips of Sharon in this months's Democratic primary.
A former aide to Rep. Steven Howitt of Seekonk, Ventura is a member of the Wampanoag Aquinnah Tribe with Portuguese and Cape Verdean heritage, graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a degree in finance, and worked in banking at J.P. Morgan in Boston.
He earned a degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.