SCRAMBLE FOR OPEN HOUSE SEAT STARTS AS TSONGAS PLANS EXIT
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 9, 2017.....U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas's announcement Wednesday that she would not run for re-election in 2018 jolted the political establishment and dormant ambitions of current and former office holders newly faced with the rare chance to run for an open Congressional seat.
Tsongas, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in a special election in 2007, has given would-be successors plenty of time to consider whether they want to make the leap into what could be a crowded field of contenders.
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