Springfield Attorney To Challenge Democrat Rep. Richard Neal

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud (Photo Credit: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud For Congress/Facebook)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield attorney has decided to challenge U.S. Rep. Richard Neal in next year's Democratic primary. 

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud officially launched her campaign Tuesday with stops across western Massachusetts.Amatul-Wadud is a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and a board member for the Massachusetts Council of American-Islamic Relations.

According to her website , Tahirah Amatul-Wadud has focused on domestic relations and civil rights law. She has also specialized in advocating for the rights of religiously-persecuted individuals and supports a single payer health care program.

Neal - who represents the state's 1st Congressional District - was first elected to Congress in 1988. He currently has more than $3.2 million in his campaign account.

Neal also serves at the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

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