Charlestown community activist Dan Ryan this past weekend announced his candidacy for state representative in the Second Suffolk District, a seat held by Gene O’Flaherty for many years.
Ryan said, “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. 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 is a lifelong resident of Charlestown where he and his wife, Kara Segal-Ryan are raising their three children. He has spent the past decade as a district office aide to Congressman Mike Capuano, after spending four years in the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to that, Ryan spent 10 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.
“This is going to be a grassroots campaign across the district,” he said. “My passion for public service does not stop on the Tobin Bridge.”
Ryan’s campaign recently reported that he has already submitted enough signatures to make the ballot.
In 2006, Ryan ran in a special election for Boston District City Council. Though he lost narrowly, he shocked the political establishment by garnering nearly 95 percent of the vote from Charlestown in a much higher turnout than was expected.
The Second Suffolk District includes Charlestown and parts of Chelsea. A special primary election has been set for March 4.