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Democrats Maura Healey and Warren Tolman are vying for their party's endorsement for Massachusetts attorney general.
Healey, an aide to current Attorney General Martha Oakley and Tolman, a former state senator, made their pitches Saturday to delegates at the state convention in Worcester.
Healey is a one-time college basketball player. She said as head of the attorney general's civil rights division, she helped lead the fight for marriage equality and preserving protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics.
Tolman promised if elected he would take on the National Rifle Association, noting that as a lawmaker he battled the tobacco industry while fighting for tougher anti-smoking laws.
Coakley is among five Democrats running for governor.
The candidate that falls short of the convention endorsement would make the primary ballot with at least 15 percent of the delegates' support.