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Capuano aide keeping options open

An aide to Congressman Michael Capuano said he’s keeping his options open as his campaign fundraising account remains active.

“I opened a campaign account last summer in anticipation of a potential opening in municipal government,” Dan Ryan, a Charlestown resident who has worked in Capuano’s office for 14 years, said in a statement to the Reporter. “I am simply keeping my options open so I can be ready to answer the call should a realistic opportunity to represent my neighborhood, this city and the commonwealth present itself.”

The potential opening Ryan referred to in his statement is the District 1 City Council seat. Councillor Sal LaMattina launched a campaign for Suffolk County Register of Probate last year, but lost the Democratic primary to fellow East Boston resident Patricia Campatelli, and kept in his Council seat.

Ryan’s campaign account recently showed a few deposits in March 2013, totaling $2,350 from several lawyers and developers, according to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

LaMattina, who had previously worked in the city's Transportation Department, beat Ryan by 156 votes in a June 2006 special election. District 1 includes East Boston, Charlestown and the North End.