Former prosecutor launches state rep. bid
Former prosecutor and planning board candidate Charles H. “Chad” Riley III officially announced his candidacy for the 31st Middlesex State Representative seat, being vacated by Rep. Paul Casey, D-Winchester, this week.
The district covers all of Winchester and precincts 1, 2, and 4-7 in Stoneham.
“The response from our town has exceeded all of my expectations,” said Riley, a graduate of Holy Cross College and Suffolk Law School. “The electorate is hungry for real change in state government and I think we need a fresh perspective to address our economic, public safety and energy issues on Beacon Hill.”
Riley is running as an Independent candidate, without any affiliation to a major party. Without having to spend money in a divisive primary, this could ultimately benefit the candidate in a legislative district where unenrolled voters comprise well over half the electorate. The 31st Middlesex District was represented by Republican Sherman “Whip” Saltmarsh before Democrat Paul Casey won the seat nearly 20 years ago.
“I’ve been out campaigning and continue to hear similar themes with concern over the increased foreclosures in our state and the uncertain economic climate we face,” said Riley. “As a former prosecutor, I understand we not only have to ensure that our consumers are protected from predatory lenders, but also that we prosecute fraudulent companies to the fullest extent of the law — I think my background best enables me to advocate for our community on Beacon Hill.”
Chad Riley lives on Canterbury Road with his wife Eileen Quill and their two children, Jack, 5, and Katie, 4. After serving as Assistant District Attorney under Kevin M. Burke (now Public Safety Secretary in the Patrick Administration) Riley worked for years as a civil litigator for an international law firm and then joined the general practice firm of Ganz, Ham & Riley PC with offices in Boston and Winchester.