Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a Springfield attorney looking to challenge incumbent Rep. Richard Neal in the 2018 Democratic primary, officially launched her U.S. House run Tuesday with a series of campaign stops across Western Massachusetts.

Amatul-Wadud, a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and board member for the Massachusetts Council of American-Islamic Relations, discussed her vision for the state's 1st Congressional District and met with voters during events in Shelburne Falls, Pittsfield and Springfield.

The 44-year-old Democratic hopeful said she decided to run for Congress in response to the number of Western Massachusetts residents she has met through outreach work who've expressed that they feel ignored and underrepresented in Washington.

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