These are all the U.S. House candidates in Massachusetts

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, left, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, right, are squaring off in Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary on Sept. 4. —The Associated Press

There’s a packed field of Democrats vying for the party nod in the 3rd Congressional District, a Springfield election that’s putting a newcomer up against a 15-term incumbent, and a House seat race in Boston that’s garnered interest from around the country.

This is primary season for Massachusetts’s nine Congressional districts.

Here are all the candidates running for party nominations in U.S. House of Representatives primary elections on Sept. 4:

1st District


Rep. Richard Neal

Town/City: Springfield

Background: Elected to Congress in 1988, Neal serves as the ranking member of the Ways and Means committee. The former Springfield mayor has also served as a city councilor and a mayoral aide, and was a high school history teacher.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

Town/City: Springfield

Background: Amatul-Wadud is a domestic relations and civil rights attorney. She also serves as a volunteer commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, the state agency that works to encourage and guard equality for women.


(There are no Republican candidates for the 1st District.)

2nd District


Rep. James McGovern

Town/City: Worcester

Background: An incumbent, McGovern was elected in 1996 and serves as the second-ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee. Previously, he was a senior aide to late South Boston Congressman John Joseph Moakley.


Tracy Lovvorn

Town/City: Grafton

Background: A physical therapist since 1997, Lovvorn is the CEO and founder of Evolution Physical Therapy, an outpatient clinic in Grafton. She has also served as an appointed member of Grafton’s Planning Board.

Kevin Powers

Town/City: Millville

Background: Powers is an entrepreneur and works in the energy industry.

3rd District


Jeff Ballinger

Town/City: Andover

Background: Ballinger is an international labor and workers’ rights advocate. He founded the nonprofit, Press for Change, which worked to increase the minimum wage in Indonesia and documented Nike factory working conditions there, according to his campaign website and The Boston Globe.

Alexandra Chandler

Town/City: Haverhill

Background: Chandler worked for over a decade in U.S. Navy intelligence to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and arms smuggling. She is the first openly transgender candidate for federal office in the state, and, if elected, she would serve as the first openly transgender member of Congress, The Lowell Sun reports.


Beej Das

Town/City: Lowell

Background: A constitutional law attorney and entrepreneur, Das is the founder of Troca Hotels, which operates facilities in three states. He has also worked at Boston law firms, taught law classes at UMass Lowell, and served as a federal law clerk.

Rufus Gifford

Town/City: Concord

Background: Gifford served for four yeas as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark after serving as a senior aide to President Barack Obama. He is the former finance director of the Democratic National Committee.

Leonard Golder

Town/City: Stow

Background: Golder is a civil law attorney and a member of Stow’s Planning Board, according to The Lowell Sun. He has also served as a town selectman and library trustee and ran for state representative in 2008, state Senate in 1999, and Middlesex Country sheriff in 1996.

Dan Koh

Town/City: Andover

Background: Koh is the former chief of staff for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. His resume also includes time as chief of staff at the Huffington Post and as an adviser to late Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

Barbara L’Italien

Town/City: Andover

Background: The sitting state Senator for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District since 2015, L’Italien worked as a social worker in elder care before being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2003. L’Italien has also served as an Andover School Committee member.

Bopha Malone

Town/City: Bedford

Background: Coming to America as a Cambodian refugee when she was 9 years old, Malone is a vice president at Lowell’s Enterprise Bank. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Lesley University, her alma mater.


Juana Matias

Town/City: Lawrence

Background: Elected in 2016, Matias is the sitting state representative for the 16th Essex District. She is also an attorney, social worker, and immigrant, who came to the United States with her family from the Dominican Republic when she was 5 years old.

Lori Trahan

Town/City: Westford

Background: Trahan co-founded the consulting firm, Concire Leadership Institute, after she worked as a technology company executive in Cambridge. Prior to that, she was the chief of staff for former Massachusetts Congressman Marty Meehan.


Rick Green

Town/City: Pepperell

Background: Green is the co-founder, president, and CEO of the online auto parts company, 1A Auto. He previously worked in the aerospace industry and founded the nonprofit, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.

4th District


Rep. Joe Kennedy III

Town/City: Newton

Background: Kennedy, first elected in 2012, is the district incumbent and serves as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as chairman of the Transgender Equality Task Force. Before taking office, he served as an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts and as a member of the Peace Corps.

Gary Rucinski

Town/City: Newton

Background: A software project manager at MIT, Rucinski is also the founder of the grassroots organization, Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Boston chapter. He founded and chaired the ballot initiative Committee for a Green Economy, which sought to put new taxes on fossil fuels in 2013.

(There are no Republican candidates for the 4th District.)

5th District


Rep. Katherine Clark

Town/City: Melrose

Background: Clark was first elected to Congress in 2013 and serves on the House Appropriations Committee. Before heading to Washington, D.C., she was a Massachusetts state senator, state representative, school committee member, and general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, among other posts.


John Hugo

Town/City: Woburn

Background: Hugo is a dispatcher and has served as an Arlington town meeting member as well as secretary and vice chairman of the Greater Boston Young Republicans, he said in an email. Previously, he has run for U.S. Senator, Boston City Council seats, and for mayor of Boston, he said.

Louis Kuchnir

Town/City: Southborough

Background: Kuchnir, the son of Brazilian immigrants, is the founder of Kuchnir Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. He has served as president of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology and is on the UMass Medical School faculty.

6th District


Rep. Seth Moulton

Town/City: Salem

Background: Elected in 2014, Moulton serves as a member of the Budget Committee. Before taking office, he served in the U.S. Marines, completing four tours in Iraq.


Joseph Schneider

Town/City: Beverly

Background: A Romanian immigrant, Schneider is the founder of an aerospace and defense strategy consulting firm. He spent 13 years in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces.

7th District 


Rep. Mike Capuano

Town/City: Somerville

Background: Capuano, first taking office in the 8th District in 1999 — before districts were reconfigured — serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Financial Services Committee. He is the former mayor of Somerville, where he held office from 1990 to 1990.

Ayanna Pressley

Town/City: Boston

Background: Pressley is a Boston city councilor, a position she’s held since being elected in 2009. She previously worked as a senior aide for Congressman Joseph Kennedy II and U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

(There are no Republican candidates in the 7th District.)

8th District 


Rep. Stephen Lynch

Town/City: Boston

Background: First elected in 2001, Lynch serves on the Financial Services Committee and on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Once an ironworker and labor leader, he was later elected state representative and state senator and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2013.

Christopher Voehl

Town/City: Milton

Background: Voehl is a pilot for UPS. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed overseas six times during his 20 years in the military as a fighter pilot and he retired as a lieutenant colonel, according to The Boston Globe.

Brianna Wu

Town/City: Dedham

Background: Wu is a video game engineer who co-founded the Boston-based company, Giant Spacekat. She made headlines in 2014 after being targeted in the GamerGate movement and worked in Washington, D.C., politics for a short time, the Globe reports.

(There are no Republican candidates in the 8th District.)

9th District 


Rep. Bill Keating

Town/City: Bourne

Background: Keating was first elected to Congress in 2010 after serving as the Norfolk district attorney for a decade. He was elected state representative when he was 23 years old in 1977 and was later elected state senator.

Bill Cimbrelo

Town/City: Barnstable

Background: An Argentine immigrant, Cimbrelo came to the United States when he was six years old. He has worked in the chemical industry and also founded a home remolding business. In 2011, he ran for Congress as an independent candidate against incumbent Republican Scott Brown.


Peter Tedeschi

Town/City: Marshfield

Background: Tedeschi is the former CEO and president of his family business, Tedeschi Food Shops. He previously worked as senior vice president and director of operations for Putnam Investments and currently serves on the executive board of directors of Friendship Home and Lil’ Drug Store Products.

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