LOWELL — The field of Democrats vying to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas has hit an even dozen.
Bopha Malone, a vice president at Enterprise Bank in Lowell who came to the United States as a Cambodian refugee when she was 9, told The Sun she is running for Tsongas’ seat in Congress, becoming the 12th Democrat in the race.
“My parents instilled in me the value of hard work and perseverance, and through hard work, I was able to have my American dream,” Malone, 36, said. “I was very, very blessed that I had many people supporting me, many organizations, and as a result, I made it to where I am today. The reason why I want to run is I want to be able to give that same opportunity to others.”
She began working for Enterprise Bank in 2005 shortly after graduating Lesley University, where she now sits on the board, and rose through various positions. Today, Malone is a vice president with the company, although she said she will take a leave of absence to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat.
Malone is also widely involved in leadership initiatives across the city, particularly those with a mission of empowering women. She serves on the board of directors of Girls Inc. of Lowell, Women Working Wonders, Working Cities Challenge, Community Teamwork Inc., Middlesex Community College and Lowell General Hospital. In 2014, Malone was named The Sun’s Woman of the Year.