Thursday, September 6, 2007
Niki Tsongas Wins Primary
Lowell, MA – IAPAC candidate Niki Tsongas, wife of the late U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, won the Democratic nomination in a race to fill U.S. Representative Marty Meehan’s seat in the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts. Meehan resigned his seat to become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Tsongas defeated four other Democratic contenders, including Lowell City Councilor and two state representatives. She will now face Republican Jim Ogonowski, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, in the general election scheduled for October 16, 2007.
An accomplished attorney, Tsongas has a law degree from Boston University and started Lowell’s first all-female law practice. She has spent decades working as Director of External Affairs at Middlesex Community College -- the largest in the commonwealth. Tsongas has also been involved in an array of civic organizations, including the committee that manages the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.
"I would like to express my appreciation to IAPAC's membership and board members for their support of my campaign for United States Congress,” said Tsongas. “I strongly support IAPAC's mission to promote the Iranian American community and will work to promote the substantial accomplishments that Iranian Americans have contributed to our great society. Together, we will work to guard against all forms of discrimination against Iranian Americans and for the protection of civil liberties for all Americans."
Tsongas heads into the general election match-up as the favorite to win the race in a district that has been held by the Democrats since 1975. If successful, Tsongas will be first woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress in more than 35 years.
IAPAC is a registered bipartisan political action committee that contributes to candidates for public office who are attuned to the domestic concerns of the Iranian American community. IAPAC focuses exclusively on domestic policy issues such as civil rights and immigration, and it encourages Americans of Iranian descent to actively participate in civic affairs.