(WESTFORD – April 5, 2018) Terry Ryan, a public servant and engineer who was raised in Lowell and now lives in Westford, has declared his candidacy for senator for the First Middlesex District, the seat being vacated by State Senator Eileen Donoghue. In declaring his candidacy, Terry will leave the race for the Third Congressional District.
"I have been motivated and energized by the encouragement of so many constituents and Democratic leaders who have repeatedly approached me to pursue this opportunity to serve the First Middlesex District,” he said. “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."
Terry is committed to carrying on the hard work and success of Senator Donoghue, while focusing on his priority areas of economic development, student success, and fostering healthy communities. With a track record of success in both the public and private sectors, as well as urban and suburban communities, he has earned a reputation as a collaborator with the temperament and skills to bring people together toward successful solutions.
"I am by nature a problem solver, and I am ready to take on the difficult decisions, working to bring people and communities together and work collaboratively to find common-sense solutions to the challenges we face," he said.
The son of an engineer and a public-school teacher, Terry was raised in Lowell by hardworking middle-class parents who instilled in him a strong work ethic and a commitment to public service. Terry has lived, worked, and served this district his entire life. He earned his B.S. in Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and an MBA from Framingham State University, working for 30 years as an engineer at Raytheon Company and Lucent Technologies. He most recently served as Director of the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center in Lowell, helping entrepreneurs start and expand small businesses.
He and his wife Kerry (also a native of Lowell) are raising three school-aged children in Westford, where they have lived for the past 13 years. Terry is currently Chair of the Westford School Committee, on which he has served for the past six years, working on a local level to find solutions and solve problems to ensure that all children attain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
"On the Westford School Committee, it has been my privilege to serve the needs of my constituents and advocate on behalf of our students, teachers, and community members," he said. "Now I look forward to meeting and hearing firsthand from the people of the First Middlesex District and better understanding how their legislature can best serve them. As senator, I will be a champion for all who call this district home."