timothy murray

When Timothy Murray steps down next month as Massachusetts lieutenant governor it will mean the state’s top elected officials will all reside in the greater Boston area.

   It is rare for a politician who lives west of the Boston suburbs to win election to statewide office. Jane Swift of North Adams was elected  lieutenant governor in 1998 and later served two years as acting governor. Murray, who is from Worcester, forged a bond with western Massachusetts. State Representative Angelo Puppolo of Springfield does not believe the region will suffer when Murray leaves office.

James Day / Governor's Office

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray has decided against running for governor in 2014.

A political aide to Murray confirmed Friday that Murray, a former mayor of Worcester, has sent an email to supporters announcing his decision to skip the race.

The Democrat said in an interview with the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester that he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two daughters.

The decision could dramatically alter the landscape for the next gubernatorial election. Gov. Deval Patrick has ruled out running for a third term.

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray toured Western Massachusetts yesterday, stopping in Springfield and Pittsfield to highlight the creative economy. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…