In 2020—for the first time in one-half century—Portland voters elected a City Council member with North Portland roots. Commissioner Dan Ryan is a Roosevelt High School graduate and current Arbor Lodge resident. He is the first North Portlander to serve on the Council since fellow Roosevelt alum Mayor Terry Schrunk left office in 1973.
As head of Parks Ryan has been the lead player on the planned $102 million dollar Northgate Park Aquatic Center and the Peninsula Safe Rest Village for the homeless that has been both praised and criticized. He also cleared the Peninsula Crossing Trail of unauthorized camping and trash, and has helped secure the future of both the Kenton Firehouse and the Interstate Firehouse.
Yet Ryan has not announced whether he’s running for reelection in 2024. He told the North Peninsula Review he will declare his election-year plans in late January. Sources say Ryan is deciding between a return to City Council, running for a seat on the Multnomah County Commission, or stepping back from politics altogether.
For more on City and County Commission election races see the upcoming editions of the North Peninsula Review.