LOWELL, Mass. — Lori Trahan, Democrat for Congress, announced her lead in the race for the Third District has more than doubled with over 80 percent of the vote certified by city and town clerks.
“A big part of campaigning is about building trust with the people you will represent in Washington. I believe it is vital for everyone to have confidence in the result of this week’s primary, and I respect the right of the Koh campaign to pursue a recount,” Trahan said at her “Women for Lori” rally in Lowell. “But I continue to believe that when all the votes are counted again, I will remain the Democratic nominee for Congress.”
With about 80 percent of results certified by city and town clerks across this district, Trahan’s lead has more than doubled from 52 to 131. Among the communities reporting include Andover, Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, Methuen, Chelmsford, Fitchburg, Acton, Concord and Carlisle among others. (Chart attached)
“Due to the compressed nature of the general election calendar, our campaign has no choice but to turn our focus toward November 6th, toward building a winning campaign, and beginning our fight against a well-financed Republican who will support irresponsible and divisive Administration,” she said.
Trahan was joined in her rally by her former opponents state Sen. Barbara L’Italien, state Rep. Juana Matias, and Bopha Malone. Congresswoman Katherine Clark was unable to attend the event due to an unexpected family emergency, but shared the following statement:
“Whether it’s access to health care, the ability to take care of our families or protecting reproductive rights, women understand what’s at stake and are leading the way in holding Trump and the Republican controlled Congress accountable,” said Congresswoman Clark.
Three women Democrats in the race each spoke of the urgency to begin the campaign to ensure the seat stays with a Democrat.
“We need strong Democrats in Washington who will fight Trump and the Republicans to ensure the U.S. remains a place where the ‘American Dream’ remains accessible,” Malone said. “Lori understands the struggles of the families of Lowell and I know she will work hard for this district.”
L’Italien said it is “critical” that the seat continue to be held by a woman and a Democrat.
“We’re trying desperately to stop Trump and his attacks on women’s rights, on women’s reproductive health — these are all things that we thought were settled decades ago and they are all under attack again,” L’Italien said. “It’s incumbent on all of us that we start today, to being helping Lori finish strong, to get her to Congress to and to represent all of us in the Third District.”
“We need more women at the table. We must also make a commitment that this seat is served by a Democrat,” said Matias, adding Lori “is bringing the values we so deeply need to Washington.”