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Trahan is Best Choice in Sept. 4 Primary

August 22, 2018

Who knew when U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas announced her plans to step down from Congress that one of the U.S. election cycle’s most talented, diverse, and inspiring fields of Democrat candidates would emerge right here in Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District.

Yes, it’s a tribute to the caliber of people out there willing to step in and step up to continue Tsongas’ staunch advocacy for the district’s needs and interests.

For nearly a year, the 10 Democrats vying to succeed Tsongas have worked hard to raise important issues and win voter confidence. We applaud their willingness to engage in public debates and forums throughout the district’s 37 cities and towns.

Fifteen days from now, voters will go to the polls on Sept. 4 to select the Democrat nominee to face Republican Rick Green of Pepperell in November.

From our standpoint, the Democrat field has one candidate who has emerged from the top tier in convincing fashion.

Wife, mother, political operative, and successful entrepreneur, Lori Loureiro Trahan has the lifelong ties and experiences that bind her to the district. She’s excelled on the stump, sticking to issues that affect people’s livelihoods and personal convictions. These include the economy, environment civil rights, affordable healthcare and expanded, low-cost educational opportunities.

Trahan, 43, was born and raised in Lowell, where she graduated the public high school and earned a scholarship to Georgetown University. She now lives in Westford with her husband and five children. Except for college, and a stint serving as former Congressman Marty Meehan’s chief of staff in Washington, Trahan has never left home.

She grew up in a working-class family and it gave her a deep understanding of the challenges that similar families face today.

It’s easy to spout bromides about fighting for the interests of those struggling to make ends meet, but Trahan has lived it. Her father was a union ironworker before being stricken with multiple sclerosis and her mother was a domestic worker; she knew well the “anxiety” that comes with living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Trahan knows what an education did for her, and wants to help working-class families by expanding the path of upward mobility through education. She cites the need for renewed emphasis on apprenticeships and vocational training programs through community colleges.

Unlike her main rivals, Trahan boasts experience in both the private and public sectors. After departing Meehan’s office in 2005, she joined ChoiceStream, a marketing software company in Cambridge, before co-founding the Concire Leadership Institute with two other women.

In a strong field, Trahan has come out the strongest in her sense of purpose, ideas, and commitment to the people of the 3rd Congressional District. The Sun endorses Lori Trahan in the Democrat primary on Sept. 4.

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