Dan Ryan reflects on the similarities between the HIV/Aids crisis and Covid19, including a lack of adequate testing, discrimination against people who contracted the virus, disinformation, and a worldview awareness that viruses can be deadly. Ryan also says the experience deepened him as a human being and set him on a path of deep spiritual exploration.
Watch the one-on-one interview with Portland City Council position 2 candidate Dan Ryan
We have seen enough of wedge politics in Port - land; Ryan is the kind of coalition builder who can bring the city’s splintered sectors together. In a sea of candidates striving to sound bold and capable, he stands out for a self-assuredness that needs no ego trips. He has found his home, and his hometown needs him on council.
"He prodded the county's disparate school districts to make their offerings more equitable and juggled the egos of the corporate executives who funded his organization, building a reputation as one who can tell his friends hard truths... Like Fish, he is a bridge builder."
Dan Ryan for Portland City Council Position #2
Dan has a broad vision, prioritizing affordable housing, homelessness, mental health issues, in addition to public safety. His greatest appeal is his expertise connecting issues where they overlap and building coalitions to solve these complex problem.
When we asked whether this is the time to reform Portland's notoriously and often hilariously dysfunctional governance system, most of the candidates we spoke to hemmed and hawed, and said, perhaps, it should be studied. Ryan rolled his eyes. "Oh, Yes. I mean, Keep Portland Weird but we have to stop being stupid."
Dan Ryan, candidate for City Council Position 2, talks with Jefferson Smith about engaging the community, focusing on outcomes, and how the City Council could be more effective working as a team.
For Dan Ryan—one of 18 candidates in the May primary seeking to succeed the late City Commissioner Nick Fish—the COVID-19 pandemic holds a special resonance.