Former homeless, at-risk youth running for State Senate

Hassan Williams is running for the State Senate seat of the 2nd Suffolk District against incumbent candidate Sonia Chang-Diaz on the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 14.  This former at-risk youth from Roxbury shares with the Sampan why he wants to run for office. Sampan: Please tell our readers about yourself. Williams:  My name is Hassan A. Williams and I am an educator, attorney and community advocate.  As a child, I was a troubled youth.  Born and raised in Roxbury, I resorted to hustling and fighting to survive.  I attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Boston Technical High School (currently known as … Continue reading

D.O.B unknown – Former Cambodian orphan and refugee running for Congress

Born under the Khmer Rouge regime as an orphan, Sam Meas does not know which year he was born, since the all the birth records were destroyed by the regime.  But he knows he should be somewhere between 37 and 40 years old.   He grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand was later adopted by an American when he was a teenager.  Despite his tough childhood, Meas, a Haverhill resident, has big dreams.  For one, he is running as a Congress candidate in the Republican primary in November, representing the Fifth District.  Meas opens up to the Sampan at … Continue reading