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Meet the 2018 Massachusetts Candidates



    Meet the 2018 Massachusetts Candidates
    FILE - In this July 14, 2018, file photo, computer mouse pads with Secure the Vote logo on them are seen on a vendor's table at a convention of state secretaries of state in Philadelphia. As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. Both Republicans and Democrats have criticized the administration’s response as fragmented, without enough coordination across federal agencies. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    The Massachusetts primary election is Sept. 4, and there are quite a few races to keep an eye on around the Bay State.

    Check out our interviews with the candidates below:

    Massachusetts 1st Congressional District

    Tahirah Amatul Wadud

    1-on-1 With Tahirah Amatul Wadud1-on-1 With Tahirah Amatul Wadud

    The mother of seven is running for Congress in western Massachusetts as a first-time candidate.

    (Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018)

    Tahirah Amatul Wadud is challenging U.S. Rep. Richard Neal for the Democratic nomination for the Bay State's 1st Congressional District. She says she's running "because the people of the 1st Congressional District are really struggling and really suffering," pointing to higher-than-average rates of unemployment and uninsured, along with lower wages compared the rest of the state.

    Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District

    State Sen. Barbara L'Italien

    MA-3 Candidate Barbara L'ItalienMA-3 Candidate Barbara L'Italien

    What are voters looking for in the successor to Niki Tsongas in Congress? Sen. Barbara L'Italien, one of 12 Democrats vying for the Massachusetts 3rd District seat, joins Sue O'Connell.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017)

    State Sen. Barbara L'Italien is a Democrat running to replace Niki Tsongas in Congress. L'Italien says her platform for the 1st Congressional District includes education, better-paying jobs and good housing. Click here for Alison King's one-on-one interview with L'Italien on "kitchen table" politics.

    Dan Koh

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    Dan Koh, candidate for Massachusetts congress speaks with Sue O'Connell about Michael Flynn, the proposed tax plan, and the 3rd district congressional race.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)

    Dan Koh was Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's chief of staff before he stepped down to run for Congress in the Bay State's 3rd Congressional District. Koh says his family's Lebanese and Korean roots have inspired his candidacy, and adds Congress can do more to help people achieve the American dream.

    Rufus Gifford

    2018 Contest for Mass. 3rd Congressional Seat2018 Contest for Mass. 3rd Congressional Seat

    He was celebrated on Danish reality TV, but what will he do for voters in Massachusetts? Rufus Gifford, who served as President Obama’s ambassador to Denmark, sits for his first live TV interview in his run for the Massachusetts 3rd District Congressional seat.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017)

    Rufus Gifford's interesting resume includes a stint as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark, but what does he hope to accomplish for voters in Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District? He says he was troubled by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and wants to protect climate and trade policies.

    Click here to watch Alexandra Chandler's interview

    Click here to watch Jeff Ballinger's interview

    Click here to watch Abhijit "Beej" Das' interview

    Click here to watch Juana Matias' interview

    Click here to watch Bopha Malone's interview

    Click here to watch Lori Trahan's interview

    Massachusetts 7th Congressional District

    Ayanna Pressley

    MA-7 Candidate Ayanna PressleyMA-7 Candidate Ayanna Pressley

    Democrat Ayanna Pressley, running for the Congress seat held by Michael Capuano, joins Sue O'Connell.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018)

    Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is making headlines with her primary campaign against incumbent Democratic Congressman Michael Capuano in the state's only minority-majority congressional district.

    One-on-One With Ayanna PressleyOne-on-One With Ayanna Pressley

    Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano this year in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District, is calling for the abolition of ICE.

    (Published Thursday, July 5, 2018)

    Massachusetts 8th Congressional District

    Brianna Wu

    MA-8 Candidate Brianna WuMA-8 Candidate Brianna Wu

    Brianna Wu, software engineer and Democratic candidate for Congress in MA-8, discusses whether Facebook betrayed its users during the election.

    (Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018)

    Brianna Wu, a software engineer, is running against Rep. Stephen Lynch in the Massachusetts 8th Congressional District Democratic primary. If elected, she says she will address economic inequality and cybersecurity issues.

    Editor's note: More to come.

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