Dylan Fernandes of Falmouth announced his candidacy for state representative Tuesday. Mr. Fernandes, a self-described lifelong Democrat and fourth-generation Falmouth resident, promised to be a champion for his hometown Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket district.
“This campaign is about bringing people together from Menemsha Bight to Bebe Woods, from Cisco Beach to Cuttyhunk, to make our district a more affordable, vibrant, and equitable place to live,” he said in a press release. “On this campaign and as state representative, my line will always be open. Call me anytime at 508-292-5451.”
Mr. Fernandes most recently worked as digital director in the office of Attorney General Maura Healey. There, “he launched innovative new media campaigns supporting earned sick time, equal pay for equal work, and clean energy solutions and environmental stewardship.”
He previously worked as political director for Healey’s campaign, managing her field organization and digital media. As an organizer for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in 2012, he managed Ms. Warren’s field organization across Buzzards Bay on the South Coast.
Mr. Fernandes is the latest candidate to announce a run for the state house seat now held by Representative Timothy Madden of Nantucket, who announced he will not seek re-election.
The district encompasses Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, the Elizabeth Islands, and four Falmouth precincts that include the village of Woods Hole.
Other announced candidates include Jacob Ferry of West Tisbury, who will run as an independent; Oak Bluffs resident and planning board member Ewell Hopkins, who will run as a Democrat; and Michael Heylin of Falmouth, who will also run as a Democrat. The state primary is Sept. 8.