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Three months after U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas announced she would not seek re-election, at least 12 people have declared their intention to run for the open seat.
Tsongas represents the state's 3rd Congressional District, in northern Massachusetts. The district stretches from parts of Winchendon in the west to Westminster to Marlborough and to Haverhill in the east, and includes the cities of Lawrence and Lowell.
Since Tsongas' announcement, potential candidates have lined up to replace her.
According to State House News Service, those who have announced their intention to run for the office in the Democratic primary include:
- Abhijit Das, CEO of Troca Hotels;
- Rufus Gifford, former U.S. ambassador to Denmark;
- Steve Kerrigan, former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor;
- Dan Koh, former chief of staff for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh;
- state Rep. Juana Matias, who represents the Sixteenth Essex District;
- Nadeem Mazen, departing Cambridge city councilor;
- Terry Ryan, chairman of the Westford School Committee;
- Lori Trahan, former chief of staff for Marty Meehan;
- Alexandra Chandler, a former Naval intelligence officer;
- and state Sen. Barbara L'Italien, who represents the Second Essex And Middlesex District.
Two candidates have declared for the Republican side:
- Rick Green, a businessman and founder of the advocacy group Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance;
- and Scott Gunderson, a retired Naval officer.
Tsongas, the widow of former U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas, has served in the House since 2007. The election to replace her is next year.
The Cook Political Report rates the 3rd district a "Solid Democratic" seat.
With additional material from The Associated Press
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