Politics to Opioids to Scandals, Top Local Stories Had Us Talking in 2018
Sun staff report
From the halls of Congress to City Hall, residents of Greater Lowell filled 2018 with groundbreaking achievements, notable controversies and poignant remembrances. Here are the 10 most newsworthy stories we covered last year.
Wild race for 3rd District
It was always expected that U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas’ retirement would draw significant attention. It was not expected that the Democratic primary in that race would become one of the most crowded elections in state history, one with such notable highlights as Barbara L’Italien accepting a Fox News interview meant for someone else and using the appearance to criticize the president or a primary election night that ended without a clear winner. The gap between Lori Trahan and Dan Koh was so close that a recount was needed, but in the end, Trahan emerged as the Democratic nominee. Her victory in the general election came with a much larger margin and ensured that, as the trailblazing Tsongas departs and as a record class of women enters Congress, the 3rd Congressional District seat will continue to be held by a woman.