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Nguyen Upsets Lyons for Rep

November 7, 2018

TEWKSBURY -- In her first run for political office, Democratic candidate Tram Nguyen made it count by winning the 18th Essex District seat held by incumbent Republican Jim Lyons.

Lyons had held for eight years the seat, which includes a pair of Tewksbury precincts, as well as Andover, Boxford and North Andover.

Lyons conceded defeat at 9 p.m., at a time when Nguyen was calculated to win with a minimum of 54 percent of the vote, according to Nguyen’s campaign manager Phil D’Agati.

Nguyen finished with 10,868 votes (54.8 percent) to 8,960 votes received by Lyons.

Nguyen, named a spotlight candidate by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, was among six political candidates across the state to be endorsed by former President Barack Obama.

Lyons, who was not immediately available for comment Tuesday night, was considered one of the most conservative members of the House.

Nguyen said, after her victory was established Tuesday night, the biggest challenge facing the district was the fallout from a four-term representative who failed to collaborate with other leaders. She said among her goals is to “reach out” and to build coalitions with other legislators.

“I look forward to working with them to make sure they know that they have an advocate at the Statehouse,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen is a legal aid attorney, who has represented domestic violence survivors, workers, veterans and more.

She has advocated for common sense gun safety, reproductive rights and prevention and treatment to address the opioid epidemic.

“I stand for inclusion, equality and making sure that we have the quality of life we deserve in the district,” Nguyen said during her campaign. “I stand polar opposite to my opponent in this race.

Nguyen was 5 years old when she and her family came to the states as political refugees, leaving behind the communist regime in Vietnam.

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