Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan has now joined a field of 13 candidates running for a Portland City Council District seat that will represent North and Northeast Portland. There will be three seats available under the new city charter.
Ryan first won election to the City Council in 2020 under the previous system where commissioners were elected to at-large positions by a citywide vote. Under the new Charter Review system, all current Council positions will be eliminated at the end of the year.
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 a commissioner, Ryan has overseen the Parks & Recreation Bureau and been the lead elected official for the planned $102 million Northgate Park Aquatic Center. He also steered the citywide Safe Rest Village (SRV) program that provides housing for the homeless that includes addiction and social services. One of the sites is the Peninsula SRV along the railroad cut that has been both lauded and criticized.
While establishing the Safe Rest Village, he 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. Ryan briefly considered running for Mayor to succeed retiring incumbent Ted Wheeler, before deciding instead to run for one of the new District 2 Council seats.