By Chelsea Feinstein
LOWELL -- Rep. John Tierney says voters are facing a stark choice in the closely contested battle for the district he has served for 18 years.
"You have an opportunity to go with the Republican who's going to further empower (Speaker of the House) John Boehner and that radical right that's been doing nothing, essentially nothing down there, or we can put somebody that takes the values that's going to stand up for small businesses, make sure that we have things like the workforce development situation, we have good higher education, we make sure people get paid a decent amount, get treated well in the workforce and that women don't have employers deciding what their health care is going to be," Tierney said Monday in a meeting with The Sun's editorial board.
Tierney, the incumbent in the 6th Congressional District, is facing challenges from within his own party from democratic candidates Seth Moulton and Marisa DeFranco.
He dismissed critiques from Moulton that he has only passed one bill in his 18 years in Congress by saying that he has accomplished much through collaboration, including work on a workforce innovation act that recently passed, to help workers find jobs and train for new careers.
He said his priorities going forward would include raising the minimum wage and ensuring women are treated equally in the workplace.
The winner of the democratic primary will face Republican Richard Tisei, who lost narrowly when he challenged Tierney in 2012.
The 6th district includes Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Tewksbury and Wilmington.
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