Cambridge City Councilman Nadeem Mazen (D), who was potentially preparing a Democratic primary challenge to Rep. Steve Capuano (D-Somerville), has now officially switched gears. Though Cambridge is two congressional districts away from the open 3rd District, Mr. Mazen has nonetheless declared his candidacy for the open seat. He faces stiff Democratic primary competition. Likely to enter the race are Dan Koh, former chief of staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, state Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover), hotel corporation CEO Abhijit Das, and former congressional aide Lori Trahan among other potential contenders. With a September 2018 Democratic primary almost a year away, this contest will take months to gel, and much will happen to sculpt this race. Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) is retiring.
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