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Ryan Switches from Congressional Seat to State Senate Race


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Westford resident Terry Ryan announced on April 5 that he is running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Eileen Donoghue.

Ryan had been a candidate for the Third Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas who is not seeking another term. He was one of 13 Democratic candidates vying for the post. With Ryan’s departure, that list is pared to 12. Candidates have until June 5 to file their nomination papers. So far, only Daniel Koh has been certified, according to Secretary William F. Galvin’s office.

Ryan issued a press release today saying he was encouraged by “constituents and Democratic leaders” to pursue the First Middlesex District race.

“Reflecting on where I can best serve, I have decided that I can have the most direct, immediate, and positive impact by representing the people of this district in the state Senate,” he said.

He is focusing on economic development, student success, and fostering healthy communities, Ryan said.

Ryan had tossed his hat into the Congressional race this winter — a bold move considering the highest public office he’s held to date is that of School Committee in Westford. Ryan is completing his second three-year term this spring and is not seeking re-election. He served as School Committee chairman for the past year.

Donoghue has held the state Senate seat since 2011 and is now the city manager-elect for Lowell. Her district covers Lowell, and the towns of Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough and Westford.

Ryan grew up in Lowell, the son of an engineer and a public school teacher. He has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from Framingham State University.

He and his wife Kerry are raising three children in Westford. They’ve lived in town for 13 years.