LOWELL -- Third Congressional District candidate Lori Trahan was again in the Mill City where she grew up Monday to highlight her goals in office including reducing the corruptive influence of money in politics, making college education and health care affordable, and building workplace equality.
During her address to supporters at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Trahan described the current administration and Republican Congress as a disaster for working and middle class families.
"Trump has broken too many campaign promises that he made to families like ours," Trahan said. "He walked away from an infrastructure spending bill that would have created thousands of hard-hat jobs while improving our roads, bridges and airports, so he could give a tax cut to his friends.
"He hasn't made health care or our prescription drugs more affordable, and has ignored his responsibility to lead on opioid addiction, gun violence, and immigration reform," she continued. "Ironically, our national deficit will hit the $1 trillion mark in 2020 -- two years ahead of schedule."
She added that a positive outcome from the last 18 months is a growth in desire for residents, like herself, to become more involved.
"Particularly women like me are getting off the sidelines and saying enough is enough," said Trahan, a married mother of two children and three step children.
Trahan has been a vocal advocate for women during her months of campaigning, which she reiterated throughout her address.
"It's time to align the incentives that get more people, more women, to work," Trahan said. "Affordable quality daycare, a living wage, paid leave and equal pay for equal work."
Though she lives in Westford, Trahan grew up in Lowell. On Monday, she reaffirmed those ties, pointing out around 60 to 65 percent of her donations have come from within the district.
"Too many candidates in this race are moving into this district to run," Trahan said. "Nearly all are funding their campaigns primarily from special interests in Boston or from people who do not live here -- people who have no ties to this district. A couple candidates on the ballot can't even vote for themselves on Sept. 4 because they don't live in this district."
"I was born here, raised here and I stayed here," she concluded. "My story is your story."
State Reps. David Nangle and Rady Mom, who have both endorsed Trahan for the 3rd Congressional District seat, spoke during Monday's gathering. State Rep. Thomas Golden has also endorsed Trahan.
During her address, a man in the audience collapsed to the floor, forcing emergency crews to respond to the scene. After several minutes, the man was able to walk out of the conference room under his own strength to applause from the crowd. Trahan then continued with her address.
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