Meet three candidates for U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas’ seat 

Roughly a dozen people are running for the Massachusetts Third District’s U.S. Representative seat being vacated with the retirement of Rep. Niki Tsongas. All have agreed to participate in a series of forums to be held in Carlisle, sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters, Carlisle Rising to Action and the Carlisle Democratic and Republican Committees. The candidates have been invited to submit short statements to the Mosquito about their background and goals. 

The first forum scheduled for last week was postponed after the snowstorm and the three candidates who were to speak will be attending one of the remaining forums, to be held on March 23, April 5 and April 12. All events will be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Carlisle School. 

Three candidates are scheduled to speak on March 23: Alexandra Chandler, Dan Koh and Bopha Malone. Malone’s statement appeared in the March 9 Mosquito (page 9), while statements by the other candidates appear below: 

Alexandra Chandler 

Alexandra Chandler is running to actually get things done in Congress for working and middle-class people, especially to address underemployment, healthcare and childcare costs, and the opioid epidemic. After living in New York City during the 9/11 attack, she joined the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), where she led analysts targeting the spread of weapons of mass destruction and arms smuggling. She was the first person at ONI to gender transition while on the job, in 2006. She was also a director of Whitman Walker, a not for profit community health center in DC which she helped save from bankruptcy and lead to new heights in cost control and quality of care for over 15,000 patients a year. Chandler is a graduate of Brown University and Brooklyn Law School, and lives in Haverhill with her wife, their two sons and her parents. For her complete platform please visit AlexandraChandler.com. 

Dan Koh 

A native of Andover, Dan Koh is the descendant of Korean and Lebanese immigrants who came to Lawrence a century ago, and he is dedicated to preserving the American Dream that made his own story possible. Most recently, Koh served as Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, where he managed 18,000 employees and a $3 billion budget during one of the most prosperous four-year stretches in Boston’s history. Previously, Koh served as Chief of Staff at the Huffington Post. With an innovative track record, Koh is a problem-solver who represents a new generation of leadership ready to fight for progressive values. In Congress, Dan can be counted on to stand up to Trump’s disastrous policies and push forward a bold, forward-looking agenda. Koh will work to expand everyone’s access to quality, affordable healthcare and fight for an economy where everyone can earn a living wage and has the opportunity to get ahead. Koh will bring his high-energy attitude to D.C. to cut through the noise and get things done to move our district forward. Δ