Four state reps, one senator to be sworn in soon
Even though the race was over, John Velis was breathing hard.
The Westfield Democrat, who won a special election for the state House of Representatives on April 1, said Monday he had just returned from a 7-mile run, part of his post-campaign effort to get back in shape.
He is one of four representatives elected last week along with a new state senator. None have yet been sworn in.
Three of the newly elected solons said today they were doing the double duty of recovering from the election slog and getting ready to take their new offices.
Velis, an attorney and a captain in the US Army Reserve, won the seat formerly vacated by Republican Donald F. Humason Jr., now a state senator.
He said he was spending most of his time speaking to legislators and “really just trying to learn the ropes.”
State Representative Jason M. Lewis of Winchester — who won the state Senate seat formerly held by US Representative Katherine Clark — said he was continuing his role as a legislator in the lower chamber while reaching out to new constituents in the bigger Senate district.
Lewis said over the weekend he had chatted with Clark in Malden, in the Senate district, and she had been tremendously supportive.
Daniel J. Hunt, a former official in the administration of Governor Deval Patrick, was in the midst of buying steak tips. Hunt won the Dorchester seat formerly held by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Since his victory, Hunt said, he has been “breaking down the campaign office, going to public events” and meeting with officials. In particular, Hunt said, he was educating himself on this year’s budget process and planned to attend the House Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday, the day the chamber is set roll out its 2015 state budget blueprint.
“I’m anxious to get to work,” Hunt said, “and have a place to hang my hat.”
Voters gave two other candidates a ticket to Beacon Hill last Tuesday:
•Roselee Vincent of Revere won the race to succeed former state representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein, who resigned to take a post as government affairs manager for the Boston Beer Co. The district includes parts of Chelsea, Revere, and Saugus.
•Daniel Joseph Ryan of Boston will succeed former state representative Eugene L. O’Flaherty, who resigned to become Boston’s corporation counsel. The district includes Charlestown and parts of Chelsea.
The four new House members are set to be sworn in April 16, according to Seth Gitell, a spokesman for Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. A spokeswoman for Senate President Therese Murray said a date had not yet been set for Lewis to take the oath.
Also on April 1, Evandro C. Carvalho won the Democratic primary in the Dorchester-based House district formerly represented by Carlos Henriquez, who was expelled from the House of Representatives in February. Carvalho will be the heavy favorite in the April 29 special election.