“Chad Ryan (Democrat)
For this open seat, Ryan, 28, is a first-time candidate for public office. On Sept. 10, he won the Democratic primary against former Syracuse Police Chief Steve Thompson. Ryan is a third-generation funeral director for Edward J. Ryan & Son Funeral Home in Syracuse. His family has deep political roots. His father, Ed Ryan, is a former county legislator who recently retired as the Democratic elections commissioner.
Getting people to move back to the city, Ryan said, is the first step to improving the city’s fiscal issues. “If you get people living in the neighborhoods that care about the neighborhoods, if they start going to their association meetings, if they start complaining about things,” said Ryan, “then issues get resolved there