Today is the primary day in the Bay State. Here are the candidates for the House that we’ve been discussing over the past few months. I’m not listing the R’s even though it is primary day for them as well nor am I providing info on races with only one candidate. Polls close at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT.
Rep. Richard Neal
Background: Elected to Congress in 1988, Neal serves as the ranking member of the Ways and Means committee. The former Springfield mayor has also served as a city councilor and a mayoral aide, and was a high school history teacher.
Background: Amatul-Wadud is a domestic relations and civil rights attorney. She also serves as a volunteer commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, the state agency that works to encourage and guard equality for women.
3rd District (this has 10 candidates!)
Background: Ballinger is an international labor and workers’ rights advocate. He founded the nonprofit, Press for Change, which worked to increase the minimum wage in Indonesia and documented Nike factory working conditions there, according to his campaign website and The Boston Globe.
Background: Chandler worked for over a decade in U.S. Navy intelligence to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and arms smuggling. She is the first openly transgender candidate for federal office in the state, and, if elected, she would serve as the first openly transgender member of Congress, The Lowell Sun reports.
Background: A constitutional law attorney and entrepreneur, Das is the founder of Troca Hotels, which operates facilities in three states. He has also worked at Boston law firms, taught law classes at UMass Lowell, and served as a federal law clerk.
Background: Gifford served for four yeas as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark after serving as a senior aide to President Barack Obama. He is the former finance director of the Democratic National Committee.
Background: Golder is a civil law attorney and a member of Stow’s Planning Board, according to The Lowell Sun. He has also served as a town selectman and library trustee and ran for state representative in 2008, state Senate in 1999, and Middlesex Country sheriff in 1996.
Background: Koh is the former chief of staff for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. His resume also includes time as chief of staff at the Huffington Post and as an adviser to late Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
Background: The sitting state Senator for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District since 2015, L’Italien worked as a social worker in elder care before being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2003. L’Italien has also served as an Andover School Committee member.
Background: Coming to America as a Cambodian refugee when she was 9 years old, Malone is a vice president at Lowell’s Enterprise Bank. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Lesley University, her alma mater.
Background: Elected in 2016, Matias is the sitting state representative for the 16th Essex District. She is also an attorney, social worker, and immigrant, who came to the United States with her family from the Dominican Republic when she was 5 years old. Note: Matias is a JD endorsee.
Background: Trahan co-founded the consulting firm, Concire Leadership Institute, after she worked as a technology company executive in Cambridge. Prior to that, she was the chief of staff for former Massachusetts Congressman Marty Meehan.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III
Background: Kennedy, first elected in 2012, is the district incumbent and serves as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as chairman of the Transgender Equality Task Force. Before taking office, he served as an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts and as a member of the Peace Corps.
Background: A software project manager at MIT, Rucinski is also the founder of the grassroots organization, Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Boston chapter. He founded and chaired the ballot initiative Committee for a Green Economy, which sought to put new taxes on fossil fuels in 2013.
Rep. Mike Capuano
Background: Capuano, first taking office in the 8th District in 1999 — before districts were reconfigured — serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Financial Services Committee. He is the former mayor of Somerville, where he held office from 1990 to 1990.
Background: Pressley is a Boston city councilor, a position she’s held since being elected in 2009. She previously worked as a senior aide for Congressman Joseph Kennedy II and U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Note: Pressley is a JD endorsee.
Rep. Stephen Lynch
Background: First elected in 2001, Lynch serves on the Financial Services Committee and on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Once an ironworker and labor leader, he was later elected state representative and state senator and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2013.
Background: Voehl is a pilot for UPS. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed overseas six times during his 20 years in the military as a fighter pilot and he retired as a lieutenant colonel, according to The Boston Globe.
Background: Wu is a video game engineer who co-founded the Boston-based company, Giant Spacekat. She made headlines in 2014 after being targeted in the GamerGate movement and worked in Washington, D.C., politics for a short time, the Globe reports.
Rep. Bill Keating
Background: Keating was first elected to Congress in 2010 after serving as the Norfolk district attorney for a decade. He was elected state representative when he was 23 years old in 1977 and was later elected state senator.
Background: An Argentine immigrant, Cimbrelo came to the United States when he was six years old. He has worked in the chemical industry and also founded a home remolding business. In 2011, he ran for Congress as an independent candidate against incumbent Republican Scott Brown.
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(I liked Sheeran’s version of this song in the tribute to the Bee Gees from a couple of years ago)
Update: Ayanna Pressley’s Victory Speech
Ayanna Pressley: "It seems like change is on the way." (via WBZ) pic.twitter.com/gQcImaWspQ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 5, 2018