The Massachusetts candidate filing deadline is still over six months away, but already 13 Democrats have announced for the party nomination to run in the open 3rd District. The field includes businessman Keith St. John, who declared his candidacy this weekend. In August, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) announced that she would not seek a seventh term, which set the political machinations into motion. The field includes Daniel Koh, the former chief of staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, state Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover), state Rep. Juana Matias (D-Lawrence), former Ambassador Rufus Gifford, and nine businessmen, local officials, and activists. Democrats will likely hold the seat, but the September 18th primary will be a free-for-all.
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