For Cambodian-American, a Lesson on Winning in Losing Congressional Bid

Bopha Malone lost her bid to become a Democratic candidate but she was part of a wave of women running for office, a move that “inspired” younger women in the community to follow her.

Washington, DC – Bopha Malone set out to win the race to represent residents of the Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District in Massachusetts, filing papers and meeting deadlines throughout the summer.

The September 4 Democratic primary to fill the seat vacated by Democrat Niki Tsongas, 71, who opted out of seeking re-election, was a nine-way contest notable for its ethnic and gender diversity.

Malone and Juana Matias are both immigrants, Rufus Gifford is gay, Alexandra Chandler is a transgender woman, Daniel Koh and Beej Das are the sons of immigrants.The field included a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, a senior aide to former President Barack Obama.

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