Candidates focus on criminal justice, opioids, housing

LOWELL — What do you get when you mix 10 Democrats, one Independent, four emcees, a DJ and a dinosaur? A thirdcongressional district candidate forum organized by UTEC youth organization, of course.
   Wednesday night, 11 candidates vying for the third congressional district seat gathered at the UTEC Catalyst Center in Lowell to discuss policy questions created by the youth at the organization, which aims to lift “proven-risk” people ages 17 to 24 away from drugs, gang activity and violence.