Tram Nguyen (18th Essex — House)
When she was five years old, Tram and her family fled the hostile communist regime of Vietnam and immigrated to the United States, where they settled in the Merrimack Valley. Tram is a proud graduate of Massachusetts public schools; she attended grade school in Lawrence and Methuen and went on to graduate from Methuen High School at the top of her class. Tram has dedicated her career to public service and has been a champion for people who needed one. She is a staff attorney with Greater Boston Legal Service (GBLS) and serves as the project coordinator for the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) Project. She helps victims of crime in myriad ways – assisting them in getting restraining orders against abusers, representing their interests in contested divorces, helping them combat wage theft, preventing them from being wrongfully evicted, helping them navigate the legal system to obtain immigration status, and more. She’ll continue to be such a champion for the marginalized as the next State Representative for the 18th Essex district.
Jack Stanton (5th Barnstable — House)
Jack’s entire extended family hails from Fall River, and the Stantons moved to the Cape when Jack was 6 years old as his family sought to find a safe and supportive community in which to raise children. Jack graduated from Sandwich High School in 2010 and went on to Washington, DC, to study at The George Washington University. In college, Jack sought to expand his horizons as much as possible and spent dual semesters studying in francophone countries overseas – one studying International Development in Dakar, Senegal, and the other in Paris, France, on exchange at the renowned Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. While at university, Jack also held internships at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, a nonpartisan Environmental think tank, and worked for Pyramis Global Advisors. Since then, he has worked exclusively in international settings – largely in the Development sector, with most of this time at the World Bank. Deeply concerned about the toxicity of the national political climate, and the collective frustration so many seem to have towards government, Jack resigned from his role overseas and moved home in order to contemplate a run for State Representative in the community which has served as the foundation for his life.
Allison Gustavson (4th Essex — House)
About Allison: Allison is a parent, former teacher, small business manager, and community organizer running for state representative to bring new energy and proactive leadership to the critical issues facing Ipswich, Topsfield, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham and Rowley: education, economic and fiscal well-being, and protecting the rivers, beaches, marshes and open spaces that define our area. A pro-choice and pro-common sense gun safety proponent, Allison will bring the same passion and determination to Beacon Hill that she brought to North Shore Indivisible, which she founded in 2016 to create a new and vigorous forum for civic engagement on the North Shore. She is challenging a 20-year incumbent Republican who has opposed women’s reproductive rights and access to essential health services and who has received an A rating from the NRA. Her candidacy is rooted in her belief that “it’s not enough to raise our children to be prepared for the world; we must also raise the world to be worthy of our children.”
Katie McBrine (Plymouth & Norfolk — Senate)