Charlestown’s Dan Ryan officially announced his candidacy for State Representative for the Second Suffolk District late last week and held a meet and greet at the Warren Tavern Wednesday night.
“It’s an honor to be in a position to run for State Representative, a role that will allow me to build upon my record of service on behalf of the good people of Chelsea and Charlestown,” said Ryan. “With a short window to Election Day, I intend to hit the pavement day and night in an effort to meet as many residents of the district as possible. I look forward to going door-to-door to earn the votes of my neighbors, discuss issues and set our priorities.”
Ryan has worked for U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano in his district office for the past decade. He also spent four years working in Capuano’s Washington DC office. In 2006 he took a shot at the District 1 City Council seat against Sal LaMattina after the seat was vacated by former City Councilor Paul Scapicchio. Ryan narrowly lost the race by less than 160 votes but received an astonishing 95 percent of the vote in Charlestown.
Ryan has already received more than enough signatures to be on the ballot for the special election set for March 4th.
“This is going to be a grassroots campaign across the district. My passion for public service does not stop on the Tobin Bridge,” said Ryan.
Ryan, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, lives in the neighborhood with his wife, Kara Segal-Ryan. The couple are raising their three children. Prior to working for Capuano, Ryan spent ten years working at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club as director of the Teen Center and program coordinator for the Healthy Charlestown Coalition. Ryan serves on numerous boards and community-based organizations.
The Second Suffolk District includes Charlestown and parts of Chelsea. O’Flaherty, who served as State Rep for the past 17 years has left the seat to become Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston. You can follow Ryan’s campaign on Twitter: DanRyanforRep or on Facebook: