LOWELL, MA– Indian-American Beej Das, the Democratic candidate in the primary elections for US Congress from Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District, lost badly and fell behind six candidates in the crowded field.
Mr. Das received 1,481 votes, or 1.7 percent of the votes. There were six candidates ahead of him with Lori Trahan winning the race with 18,368 votes, or 21.6 percent of the votes. Daniel Koh received 18,316 votes, or 21.6 percent.
As a first generation Indian American, Das viewed his presence on the ballot as another sign to children of color across the country that their voice and perspective matter in politics.
If elected, Beej would have been the first Indian American to represent any East Coast state from Florida to Maine in the US Congress and the first Indian American on the ballot for U.S. House of Representatives from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Mr.Das recieved his Bachelors in Political Science from Middlebury College in Vermont. He then Attended University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. After completing law school Das worked as a federal law clerk for the Hon. Judge Benson Everett Legg of the U.S. District court of Maryland.
After his clerkship ended Das taught classes a UMass Lowell, and started working at top law firms in the Boston Law Firm. He then became a successful hotel developer.