After two hard fought battles one in Marchand again during the September primary against Chelsea’s Roy Avellaneda it was made official Tuesday night and Rep. Dan Ryan will be heading back up to the State House to represent Charlestown and Chelsea.
Ryan ran unopposed during the state’s General Election and received 5,065 votes from residents here and has been reelected to the seat.
“Although I love being out on the street talking with voters, it is a relief to put a year of campaigning behind me,” said Ryan election night. “I’m at my desk today focused on the governmental aspects of my job.”
Ryan’s victory during a special election back in March brought the seat back to Charlestown for the first time since the late 1970s. Jimmy Collins won the seat back in 1977. In 1978 the seat was redistricted and Chelsea’s Richie Voke ousted Collins. The seat had been held by a Chelsea resident ever since.
Prior to working for U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano as his chief aide, Ryan spent ten years working at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club where he served as director of the Teen Center and program coordinator for the Healthy Charlestown Coalition.
Ryan and his wife, Kara Segal-Ryan, are raising their three children.