Massachusetts Democrats Strain to Stand Out in Rare Open-Seat Race
Many share similar policy positions in contest to replace Rep. Niki Tsongas

Democrats running for Massachusetts’ open 3rd District seat include, clockwise from top left, Rufus Gifford, Daniel Koh, Lori Trahan, state Rep. Juana Matias, state Sen. Barbara L’Italien and Alexandra Chandler. (Courtesy Zach Nolin (Gifford), Dan Koh for Congress, Lori Trahan for Congress, Juana Matias for Congress, L’Italien for Congress and Alexandra Chandler for Congress)

Voters in north-central Massachusetts will cast ballots Tuesday in one of the cycle’s most crowded primaries. Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas is retiring after five full terms, creating a free-for-all for the 3rd District, the state’s only open seat this year.

The ten Democrats running include the first openly transgender person to run for Congress in Massachusetts, two candidates who immigrated to the United States as children, and a former ambassador whose experience as a gay diplomat was chronicled in a Danish television documentary. Winning the primary would be tantamount to victory in the heavily Democratic seat that Hillary Clinton carried by 23 points in 2016. 

Dominican-American Candidate Pledges to be Trump’s ‘Worst Nightmare’
Juana Matias is fourth Democrat to enter race for retiring Rep. Tsongas’ seat

“I'm Donald Trump’s worst nightmare — I’m an immigrant who’s the product of the American Dream,” says Massachusetts House candidate Juana Matias. (Juana Matias via Facebook)

Massachusetts State Rep. Juana Matias on Thursday became the fourth candidate to jump into the Democratic primary to replace Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas.

“I’m Donald Trump’s worst nightmare — I’m an immigrant who’s the product of the American Dream,” she said.