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Lowell City Hall Hotbed for Activity in 3rd District Race

August 2, 2018

LOWELL -- City Hall was a hotbed for congressional campaign activity on Wednesday, including two events for 3rd Congressional District candidates and one announcement from a Senate candidate.

Lori Trahan, raised in Lowell before moving to Westford, held the “Lowell for Lori” endorsement event Wednesday evening. More than 65 elected officials, business leaders and community activists joined together to endorse the Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District.

In addition, the lone Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, Rick Green of Pepperell, announced the “1st Generation Americans for Rick Green” coalition at City Hall Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the day, U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl announced the formation of the “Cambodians for Diehl” coalition at City Hall. Lowell is home to more than 30,000 Cambodians -- the highest population of Cambodians on the East Coast.

Among those endorsing Trahan on Wednesday included: Lowell Mayor Bill Samaras; former Mayors Armand Lemay and Bud Caulfield; former Lowell High School Head of School Brian Martin; former City Managers Kevin Murphy and John Cox; City Councilors Rita Mercier and James Milinazzo; former Sun Publisher Kendall Wallace; and more.

“You have no idea how humbling it is to stand in front of all of you, people I have long admired, who have done more for this city over the course of my life,” Trahan told the dozens endorsing her Wednesday evening.

Lawyer Michael Gallagher was one of those on the steps of City Hall, endorsing Trahan.

“I firmly believe that the most important qualities for a congressperson are boldness, intelligence, clarity of vision and energy, and Lori checks all those boxes,” Gallagher said. “In a short period of time, she has demonstrated how courageous she is in her stances, how knowledgeable she is about the issues, how dedicated she is to solving problems for the people of this community, and how incredible her energy is.”

At the other end of JFK Plaza at City Hall on Wednesday evening, Green kicked off his “1st Generation Americans for Rick Green” coalition. He said that Lowell was the perfect backdrop for this, considering the city’s diverse cultural makeup.

“I wanted to come here and just highlight the folks from all different countries who are first-generation Americans who are backing my candidacy for Congress,” Green said.

“Building a coalition is what it takes to work in Congress, working with people who don’t necessarily agree with you, or look like you, or share your background, or come from a different culture,” he added.

“Cambodians for Diehl” will be organizing meet-and-greets and door knocking efforts within the community for outreach and spreading Diehl’s message.

“I have been meeting with leaders of the Massachusetts Cambodian community over the past year to hear their concerns,” Diehl said. “I support their efforts for free and open elections in Cambodia. As the next United States Senator, they will have my ear on the issues facing Cambodians here and abroad.”

Follow Rick Sobey on Twitter @rsobeyLSun.

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