(Boston, MA - December 11, 2013) For the second time in his political career, former Democratic Presidential nominee and Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis endorsed a candidate in a competitive statewide primary election. Governor Dukakis and his wife Kitty formally endorsed Mike Lake for Lt. Governor at his official Campaign Kickoff on December 11th before a crowd of hundreds in Boston.

“Mike has been so special to the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University. It’s not always that we get people like Mike Lake, who are as grounded and sensitive and caring without any arrogance. And that's why I love this guy and all of us need to give him extra extra help to get him elected,” said Mrs. Dukakis at the Kickoff event.

Governor Dukakis, a respected and beloved figure in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, has become a role model for a new generation of public servants. “Earning the endorsement of a political statesman and icon like Governor Dukakis is a tremendous honor. His and Kitty’s vote of confidence has already created waves of support in communities throughout the Commonwealth. Their support demonstrates the strength of our campaign’s vision, our commitment to grassroots organizing and our momentum entering 2014,” said Lake.

He added, “The campaign model championed by Governor Dukakis has proven that winning statewide elections in Massachusetts requires a strong grassroots organization. I am so proud of and humbled by what our campaign has already accomplished in mobilizing a grassroots network of supporters across the Commonwealth.” After launching his campaign in March 2013, Lake entered the 2013 State Democratic Convention in Lowell with half of the Commonwealth already being organized by volunteer coordinators.

Lake was appointed by President Clinton as Special Assistant for White House Operations and is the President and CEO of Leading Cities, an international organization that focuses on exchanging solutions to municipal challenges and creating jobs through business development and government to government cooperation.

Lake’s vision for the Lt. Governor’s office is to leverage his experience working with cities around the world by serving as a partner with city and town officials tackling the challenges of the 21st century— all of which will be solved at the local level.

In addition, Lake proposes to serve as the Commonwealth’s “Chief Marketing Officer” to attract and retain startup and scale-up businesses, expanding the economic pie by increasing revenues without increasing taxes, and providing more funds needed for investments in education, infrastructure and long-term prosperity. “I have the proven experience to bring jobs and investment to Massachusetts. Massachusetts is operating in a global economy and we must be competitive in that global arena.”

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