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Where are they now? Once primary opponents, Third District hopefuls are landing new gigs

Third District candidates (left to right) Alexandra Chandler, Rufus Gifford, Daniel Koh, Barbara L’Italien, Juana Matias, and Lori Trahan participated in a debate in April of last year.
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Third District candidates (left to right) Alexandra Chandler, Rufus Gifford, Daniel Koh, Barbara L’Italien, Juana Matias, and Lori Trahan participated in a debate in April of last year.

Scattered to the political winds six months ago, many of the Third Congressional District’s onetime hopefuls are still making news.

Juana B. Matias, a former Lawrence state representative who finished fourth in the 10-Democrat field, was officially announced Thursday as the chief operating officer of MassINC, just months after joining its board. Matias will help with strategy and planning, and serve as a spokeswoman for the think tank’s research.

A day earlier, Rufus Gifford, the former US ambassador to Denmark who placed fifth in the field, joined the board of Priorities USA, the Democratic super PAC, according to a tweet from chairman Guy Cecil.

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Barbara A. L’Italien, the primary’s third-place finisher and a former state senator, had, days before, reiterated that she’s weighing another congressional run, this time against Representative Seth Moulton, the Sixth District incumbent.

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Daniel Koh, the runner-up in the primary, spent Tuesday night debating three others also contending for two of the open spots on Andover’s Board of Selectmen. The election is slated for March 26.

Meanwhile, the race’s ultimate winner, Representative Lori Trahan, was also dealing with fallout of her own after the Globe published a story Monday detailing how she offered vague and conflicting explanations about the origins of $371,000 she loaned her campaign during the race.

The district — which carves through 37 communities northwest of Boston — hosted the largest field of any Massachusetts congressional race in decades after the incumbent, Niki Tsongas, announced she wasn’t seeking reelection.

Matt Stout can be reached at matt.stout@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattpstout.