LOWELL -- A day after Attorney General Martha Coakley's gubernatorial campaign came to the city, it was Charlie Baker's turn to drum up support.

Meeting with area business leaders at Olympia Restaurant, the Republican candidate held a small business roundtable as part of his "Great Again Massachusetts Tour." He discussed his economic initiatives to increase economic opportunity and grow small businesses, emphasizing the key is compromise and bipartisanship.

"I grew up in a household with a mom who was Democrat and dad who was Republican, so I know how to compromise.

Republican governor candidate Charlie Baker meets with Olympia restaurant owner Peter Cocalis, 82, on a visit to the legendary Lowell eatery.SUN/RICK SOBEY
Republican governor candidate Charlie Baker meets with Olympia restaurant owner Peter Cocalis, 82, on a visit to the legendary Lowell eatery. SUN/RICK SOBEY
I get the drill," Baker told a half-dozen business leaders while eating lunch at the legendary Greek eatery on Market Street.

"When I worked under Governor (William) Weld, we had a good relationship with Democrats in the Statehouse, and we got a lot done," he added. "Balance is a good thing, and we proved that over and over again. It's how we'll get things done."

His initiatives include boosting the state's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to assist families, proposals to eliminate regulations, and tax credits for small businesses to offset the impact of raising the minimum wage.

Wednesday was the second consecutive day when a candidate for governor was in Lowell for a roundtable discussion.


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Coakley, running for the Democratic nomination, stopped at Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus as part of her "On Our Terms" tour of the state -- a series of roundtable discussions aimed at allowing voters to tell the candidate their priorities.

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