Democrat Setti Warren, the two-term mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, has officially announced his candidacy for governor of Massachusetts in 2018.
Warren's campaign was made public on Saturday at a block party in front of his Newton home.
One day before his gubernatorial announcement, he sat down with NBC's Phil Lipof for a conversation about his vision for the state of Massachusetts.
He said that he knew it would be tough to run against Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, but he's up for it.
In Warren's campaign announcement, he said that Massachusetts is "the greatest state in the nation because of the extraordinary intellect, talent, grit, and hard work of our people."
He also mentioned income inequality, public education, and budget reform as major campaign touchstones.
One expert, Tufts University political science professor Jeff Berry thinks Warren will have a hard time winning against the popular Baker - if he's even able to get out of the primaries.
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"The state has a tiny unemployment rate; incomes are rising," said Berry to illustrate why voters may not be interested in switching governors.
Berry also said Baker would have to really mess up in order for Warren to have a shot at victory.
The election for Massachusetts governor will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.