Tram wins second term in Statehouse

State Rep. Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, won the race for the 18th Essex District against Republican Jeff Dufour of Tewksbury. 

State Rep. Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, won the 18th Essex District race last Tuesday night against Republican Jeff Dufour of Tewksbury

"I'm so humbled and honored that the people of Essex 18th District want to give me another term," Tram said Tuesday night. "I want to thank my opponent because democracy functions best when voters have options and he cares about our community no matter our different visions of it."

Nguyen, the one-term incumbent, won the district spans parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover and Tewksbury with over 60% of the votes.

Ngyuen got her biggest lead from Andover amassing 8,472 votes to Dufour's 4,191, according to unofficial town results.

In North Andover she gardened 4,278 to Dufour's 2,765, according to town results.

In Boxford she won 816 to 412, according to town results.

Her smallest lead was in Dufour's hometown, Tewksbury, with 2,620 to 2,377, according to town results.

Dufour was a first-time candidate challenging the former legal aid lawyer-turned-politician who was elected following the Merrimack Valley gas disaster.

This election was challenging due to the pandemic, but Nguyen said wanted to thank her family, friends and constituents for helping her in this campaign. 

She especially wanted to thank her parents who stood outside Andover High School all day holding signs for her. 

Nguyen's parents, father Long Nguyen and mother Thanh Ho, live in Methuen, and they were disappointed they couldn't vote for their daughter. However, they wanted to make sure others who could did.

"We came to support her and make sure she gets elected," Long Nguyen said.

And now Rep. Nguyen is "eager to get back to legislating and working for the people of the district."




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