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Representative Tram Nguyen Co-hosts Census 2020 Kickoff

Jul 18, 2019 05:35AM

Representative Tram T. Nguyen (D-18th Essex) co-hosted a Census 2020 Kickoff event at Memorial Hall Library in Andover on Thursday, July 11th, along with Representative Paul Mark (D-2nd Berkshire), Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, and Georgia Lowe, Partnership Coordinator at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Andover, MA – Representative Tram T. Nguyen (D-18th Essex) co-hosted a Census 2020 Kickoff event at Memorial Hall Library in Andover on Thursday, July 11th, along with Representative Paul Mark (D-2nd Berkshire), Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, and Georgia Lowe, Partnership Coordinator at the U.S. Census Bureau.

The U.S. Census, which is conducted every ten years, provides a snapshot of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools and businesses and how federal funding is distributed. With the 2020 Census less than a year away, outreach efforts are being conducted by Complete Count Committees which are coalitions of state and local governments, businesses, and community organizations to support outreach and educate the Commonwealth on the importance of the Census.

Representative Mark introduced the upcoming 2020 Census, focusing on Merrimack Valley’s sizable population growth since the last Census and the importance of a full and accurate count in the redistricting process. Following the last Census in 2010, Massachusetts lost a congressional seat. Representative Mark said that if we achieve a full and accurate count, Massachusetts could regain the seat that it lost. 

Additionally, Census data is used to allocate $650 billion in federal funding. The closer we are to a complete count, the more federal dollars we bring to Massachusetts for local aid. Finally, Representative Mark noted the nationwide recognition that Massachusetts earned in 2010 for its fair and transparent Census process. Both he and Senator William Brownsberger (D-2nd Suffolk and Middlesex), who is Chair of the Senate Committee on Redistricting, are committed to conducting Census 2020 in the same high-quality manner.

Georgia Lowe, Partnership Coordinator at the U.S. Census Bureau, explained how safe, easy, and important responding to the 2020 Census will be. For the first time, the ten-question Census can be completed by phone or online. Census information will be available in twelve languages in addition to English. Residents who prefer to not complete the Census by phone or online can complete a paper form of the Census. Ms. Lowe also spoke of the Title XIII protections of the Census data that is collected. Federal employees who fail to protect the data will face jail time and significant monetary fines. Additionally, the most stringent cybersecurity standards are in place to protect Census data.

Other speakers included Joe Thibodeau, a representative from Congresswoman Lori Trahan’s office, who briefed the importance of Census 2020 for the Congresswoman; Brian Major, chair of the Andover Board of Registrars, who highlighted Andover’s plan to form a Complete Count Committee later this summer; and James Ostis, Assistant to Lowell Mayor William Samaras, who shared the ongoing efforts of the Lowell Complete Count Committee.

Representative Nguyen emphasized the impact that Census 2020 will have on her towns of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury, especially as it relates to local aid funding. She urges all residents to participate in the Census.

Representative Nguyen serves the 18th Essex District, which includes parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury. She lives in Andover with her partner Nate and three adorable dogs. She can be reached at Tram.Nguyen@mahouse.gov.

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