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IAPAC Supports Niki Tsongas for Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District



Thursday, August 30, 2007

IAPAC Supports Niki Tsongas for Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District

Washington, D.C. - The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) today announced its endorsement of Niki Tsongas for U.S. Congress.

 Tsongas, wife of the late U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas, is a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts’ vacant 5th Congressional District. 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.

 On July 1, 2007, incumbent 5th District Representative Marty Meehan resigned his seat in U.S. House of Representatives to become the next chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. In accordance with state law, Massachusetts will hold a special election to fill the vacancy on October 16, 2007. A primary election will be held on September 4th to determine each political party’s nominee for the general election.

 The race to replace Representative Meehan instantly drew a field of serious contenders for the state’s first open congressional seat in six years. Besides Tsongas, the field of Democrats includes three state representatives and a Lowell city councilor who is a former mayor. The winner of the Democratic primary will likely face retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jim Ogonowski in the general election. Ogonowski is expected to win the Republican primary.

 Tsongas has broad support throughout her district. She has committed her life to serving others and will uphold the exceptional legacy of both her late husband and Representative Meehan.

 "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."

 As the primary campaign enters its final stretch, recent polls indicate that Tsongas is the leading candidate in the crowded Democratic race. A SurveyUSA Election Poll shows Tsongas holding the lead with 38%, followed by Lowell City Councilor Eileen Donoghue at 16%.

 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.