By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The five Democratic candidates for governor all agree that Massachusetts is on the right track but acknowledge there are problems in state government that need to be fixed.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, state Treasurer Steven Grossman, business executive Joseph Avellone, former federal health care administrator Don Berwick and former homeland security officer Juliette Kayyem met in a 90-minute debate Tuesday sponsored by the Boston Herald and Suffolk University.

The debate came just days before the Democratic state convention in Worcester. The candidates need at least 15 percent to qualify for the September primary ballot.

In an unusual twist, the debate included videotaped questions from other gubernatorial candidates including Republicans Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher, who asked if the Democrats believed Massachusetts was on the right track under current Gov. Deval Patrick.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

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