Charlestown's Remmes Announces Bid For State Rep

To take on incumbent Democrat Eugene O’Flaherty.

Chris Remmes.
Chris Remmes.

Chris Remmes, a 20 year resident of Charlestown, announced on Tuesday, Dec. 3 that he has formed a committee to launch a campaign for the 2nd Suffolk State Representative seat currently held by incumbent Democrat Eugene O’Flaherty since 1997.

"I’m running because I believe we a forward thinking, active and accessible State Representative to address the challenges that we face in the near future.  “I look forward to having conversations with voters to hear their concerns. I will listen, be responsive, and provide bold, progressive leadership for Charlestown and Chelsea," said Remmes in a written statement.

Remmes, 48, is a 1987 graduate of Mass Maritime Academy. He sailed as a Deck officer with Exxon and Texaco until 1999 then obtained his MBA from Boston University. He is currently a Realtor and the Chair of the Charlestown Democratic Ward Committee.

"I bring a unique background and range of experiences, a focused set of priorities that reflects our communities' special character and constituencies.  I will be a tireless advocate for women and children, seniors and small businesses in our neighborhood," he said.

Donna O'Brien December 04, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Hmmm, if Mr. Remmes isn't able to manage a 35 member Democratic Ward Committee, how will be able to manage a legislative district? I resigned from the Charlestown Democratic Ward Committee to protest Mr. Remmes' unwillingness to play by the rules of the DSC. To date, he hasn't filed the necessary forms with the State Committee, City of Boston or State Department to update the Charlestown Democratic Ward Committee membership. In addition, Mr. Remmes has not called a meeting of the Charlestown Democratic Ward Committee since being elected last January: even at the request of some members for him to do so. I'd say he'd better get the Ward Committee house in order before he takes on a new project.
Stephie A. Horn December 04, 2013 at 04:29 PM
This is such exciting news! Charlestown needs a great State Rep that actually, truly, cares for the people he comes into contact with. Chris is kind, intelligent, compassionate for people, and he represents everything I would want in a political figure. I know Chris professionally and personally and he is always willing to help others, always doing the "right thing" whether it puts him in a bad light or not, he is honest, and he goes above and beyond for his clients and people in general. I am SUPER excited he has shown so much courage and will to run! He is a wonderful person! PS - Sounds like Donna? (do not know her), has a personal issue with my beloved Chris Remmes of Charlestown. All I know is she said she resigned due to someone else's actions, I wouldn't want my state rep to quit due to other people, I would want them to have the courage, strength and fight to succeed through any difficulties they may face. That's what makes a great leader! Sorry, D, I don't agree!
Antwan Fisher December 04, 2013 at 04:48 PM
GOOD LUCK IN YOUR RUN, MR. REMMES! You have my full support! I have known Chris for a few years now, and recently had the wonderful opportunity of getting to know him further with his diligent work in the last Boston Mayoral Election. Chris is not just a friend, but a long-time neighbor of mine in Charlestown for several years now. After meeting and engaging with Chris, it is hard to provide you with an unbiased opinion of the man as he's one of the most personable residents that I have met while living in Charlestown! Whether consulting with him on a professional level, or chit-chat on Main Street as he's walking Rocco (Rocco for State Rep too!), Chris is someone you can believe in to follow-through with what needs to get done for our district! He knows the issues that the residents of Charlestown and Chelsea are most concerned with, and in my experience, he is a man of not only action, but conviction on those positions he holds near-and-dear to him. However, more than being passionate about his convictions, he is a level-headed person who will listen to an opposing perspective, and proceed in a direction that is based on logic and what is right, and not on emotion. I could only wish that more politicians who currently represent us could be as easy to support as Mr. Remmes is! We've had 17 years of the same... 2014 is a year for innovation for Charlestown & Chelsea! Best of luck, Chris!
Donna O'Brien December 04, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Stephanie, let's get the facts straight. First, I do not have a personal issue with Chair. I think it may be the other way around. My position is still based on the Chair's inability to adhere to the rules for local Ward and Town Committees which can be downloaded at massdems.org. These are my continued issues with the Chair. First, there are forms that must be filed with the the DSC, City of Boston and Secretary of State's Office. The form needs THREE signatures to be recorded in each office. Still haven't been filed. Next, there are pending new members who must be approved by the current members of the Ward Committee to bring the full complement to 35 members. Still haven't been voted. Also, the manual urges us to reach out to our community of Democrats in a variety of ways. It had been called to my attention that the Ward Committee held a candidates' night before the municipal election. I think the Chair of the Ward Committee did the community a disservice by not sharing the information.While I'm not a lawyer, this may violate the Open Meeting Law. The Ward Committee has a pro bono membership to the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce. I believe it is our responsibility, as a member organization, to actively support the growth and sustainability of local business in Charlestown. The current chair of the CDWC has consistently failed to do so by not informing other members of CCC's range of activities which could use our support, including the Chamber Nights Out. Indeed, Stephanie, you do not know me. However, I am a retired Boston Public Schools teacher and I'm going to give you a little advice. Grab a dictionary and look up the word resign and look up the word quit. You'll be glad you did your homework. You and I both agree that great leaders have 'courage, strength, and a fight to succeed….." While Gene and I have had political differences in the past, I know him to be a man of courage, strength, and fight. It seems, Mr. Remmes agreed with us in 2007: he gave Representative O'Flaherty $100.
Donna O'Brien December 04, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Mr. Fisher: Didn't find your name on the voter list in Charlestown or on White Pages? Perhaps you don't have a consistent voter record. Seems Mr. Giurleo has only voted twice in the past ten years. You are in good company, sir.
Donna O'Brien December 04, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Stephi! Just in case you didn't know; people who live in Lexington cannot vote in Boston. Jeez, now I get why you, Mr. Fisher and Mr. Giurleo don't understand Boston politics. If you do not vote in Boston, you don't understand the issues that are near and dear to our hearts. Sorry!
Antwan Fisher December 05, 2013 at 02:45 PM
@Donna O'Brien... it is a pen-name, first off, but I can assure you that I am an active voter in any vote that I am eligible for. I will gladly shake your hand outside of the voters booth in Charlestown come 2014! Though easily accessible, ultimately, I found your "due diligence" into my voting record more creepy than diligent, and more unnecessary than diligent too, but nonetheless. I really just wanted to clarify the "pen-name" point to someone who clearly takes pride in being smug, even when their reply is based on inaccurate information (smug went out of style in 1985, by the way). Frankly, you have zero-basis to speak from a pedestal. Even if you had voted in every single election, and I had never voted in one, that still doesn't make you a better voter, nor more informed, nor any more intelligent on politics than anyone else, and certainly not myself (I based that statement on a preponderance of evidence, not mere assumptions, by the way). Lastly, for you to make an asinine assumption(s) about my voting record and/or understanding of politics without even knowing who I am or what I stand for, ultimately showcases your ineptitude in comprehending something far more important than politics or political support... and that is people! As in how to appropriately speak to, and communicate with, people (even through an impersonal conduit like an online forum). Very simply, I voiced an opinion in support of Mr. Remmes as a candidate with no direct, nor indirect, mention of you or your post. I didn't engage you in a debate, request a rebuttal, or ask for your opinion! But to be smug, I suppose, is proffer an opinion when one wasn't asked for. Best regards.
Donna O'Brien December 05, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Mr. Fisher, Thanks for the rhetoric. Glad that nom de guerre thing is working out for you. See you on the campaign trail and do plan on getting your hat handed to you. MY team is on a roll as far as winning elections is concerned. Third time'll be a charm.
Matthew December 06, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Donna, Please stop antagonizing people. It is not productive, nor is it in the best interest of the democratic process. Have a great day.
Donna O'Brien December 06, 2013 at 11:58 PM
If you feel antagonized, don't read the posts.
Matthew December 08, 2013 at 03:27 PM
On the contrary. I feel sorry for someone like you who feels it is necessary to attack others just for their political beliefs. People like you are part of the problem in this country, and why we are at a political stalemate. Have a great day!
Donna O'Brien December 09, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Matthew: au contraire! I feel sorry for YOU! I'd say that's pretty much at the core of the stalemate are folks who choose to be misinformed and choose to give a slide to folks who just shouldn't run for office. The current chair of the Charlestown Democratic Ward Committee is out of compliance with the Democratic State Committee's Chairman's Manual ( can be downloaded from massdems.org) which is developed and approved by state committee members who VOLUNTEER hours to develop rules to keep the Democratic Party the party of all the people. I'll say it again: if you cannot follow the rules for the Charlestown Democratic Ward Committee, how can you follow the rules of the House of Representatives? As far as attacking goes: strong women usually get that kind of response from men who don't know what they are talking about. We make you guys nervous, right?
Matthew December 28, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Donna, Thank you for proving my point. Also, nice try with pulling the sexism card. People who have no leg to stand on usually do that. Anyway, I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm not even a MA resident. I'm active duty military and a resident of PA, stationed here in Boston. Go ahead and try to attack that. The bottom line is that I'm more interested in serving my country, not wasting my time with local squabbling. I was simply trying to be civil with you and you chose to let your ego get in the way. So sad.
Donna O'Brien December 30, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Thank you for your service to our country. It is appreciated and honored.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »