On Sunday, April 29, 2018, UMass Lowell's Center for Public Opinion and the Boston Globe presented for two 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary debates.

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Format: The panels were determined based on the results of a recent UMass Lowell-Boston Globe poll of 490 likely Democratic primary voters in the 3rd Congressional District.

Noon to 1:30 p.m. panel included:
  • Jeff Ballinger of Andover, labor organizer and corporate crime researcher;
  • Beej Das of Lowell, president and CEO of Troca Hotels;
  • Leonard Golder of Stow, attorney;
  • Patrick Littlefield of Boxboro, Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation, executive director;
  • Bopha Malone of Bedford, regional business adviser, vice president, Enterprise Bank;
  • Keith St. John of Marlborough, entrepreneur.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. panel included:
  • Alexandra Chandler of Haverhill, former leader and analyst, Office of Naval Intelligence;
  • Rufus Gifford of Concord, former U.S. ambassador to Denmark;
  • Daniel Koh of Andover, former chief of staff, Office of the Mayor of Boston;
  • Barbara L’Italien of Andover, state senator;
  • Juana Matias of Lawrence, state representative;
  • Lori Trahan of Westford, CEO of Concire Leadership Institute.
  • Boston Globe Politics Editor Shira T. Center moderated the debates. In addition, questions were posed to candidates by Frank Phillips, Boston Globe State House bureau chief; Rick Sobey, a reporter for the Lowell Sun; and UMass Lowell students.
  • UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney opened each debate, which were free and open to the public, with a welcome.
  • Use #ma3debate to follow the conversation.
  • Both debates were open to the news media. 
  • A media room was reserved for candidates to interact with the media following each debate.
  • Audio and visual feeds are available for media organizations.
  • For more information, contact UMass Lowell’s media relations team