Alison Kuznitz can be reached at akuznitz@masslive.com.When Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey ran for governor in January, she cleared the way for the next "people's lawyer."

Last week, Quentin Palfrey, a former assistant attorney general and the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018, ended his campaign

because he did poorly in public polls and fundraising. This made the race for lieutenant governor even more heated.

Palfrey supported Andrea Campbell, a former Boston city councillor and former Boston mayoral candidate, over her other rival Shannon Liss-

Riordan, a Brookline labour lawyer who was sometimes his campaign ally.Even though Palfrey has criticised Campbell for not denying that a super

PAC is helping her campaign, which could lead to a conflict of interest if she wins.

Liss-Riordan, who ran against Sen. Ed Markey for the U.S. Senate, started her campaign in late January at the Iron Workers' Local 7 Union Hall in

South Boston. Since then, she has gotten support from a number of major labour groups, such as the union that represents more than 200 workers

at the contaminated Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse in Springfield. 

"This is a terrible situation that needs to be fixed," Liss-Riordan said in April about the courthouse, which has been linked to the deaths of five

employees who got ALS and 60 cancer diagnoses.

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