|Democratic candidate for|
Congresswoman for MA-03
September 4, 2018
|Occupation||Former Naval Intelligence Officer|
Background[edit | edit source]
Chandler grew up in a middle class family with a father who struggled with opioid addiction. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School. She currently lives in Haverhill with her wife Catherine and their two sons.
Military Career[edit | edit source]
During the September 11 attacks, Chandler was living in New York City. Her girlfriend became trapped within the subway, prompting her to start working in the Office of Naval Intelligence to prevent weapons proliferation and arms dealing. She was then transferred to The Pentagon, where she promoted the excellence and efficiency that she had created in her own analytical division. In 2006, she became the first openly transgender individual in the United States Naval Intelligence, where she was generally accepted, though not by all. She has stated that one of the biggest advantages of her intelligence team was the diversity included in ideals, ranging from far left to far right. Throughout her career, she has worked primarily on North Korea and Iran.
Congressional Campaign[edit | edit source]
In the wake of the news that Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is retiring, Chandler announced her candidacy for office, along with nine other remaining democrats, many of whom share very similar stances. She is running on a progressive democratic platform. Her main points include preventing corporate funds from influencing politicians, equal rights, better public education, stricter gun control, and stronger environmental protection laws. She also supports paid family leave, singlepayer health care, and support programs for opioid addicts.
References[edit | edit source]
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