Thank you to everyone who voted, and for this chance to represent Ward 3 on the Northampton City Council. I can't wait to get started. Please be in touch with your thoughts and ideas.
I would be honored to represent you on the Northampton City Council. Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm and Ward 3 residents vote at the Senior Center on Conz St. Thank you!
NCTV Clip from October's Candidate Forum
Lawnsigns Bloom in Ward 3
If you don't have one yet, get in touch here and one will magically appear on your lawn. Get 'em while they last!
A Greener Northampton
Glad to join in this environmental demonstration in Northampton along with many others, including Ward 6 City Councilor Marianne LaBarge.
Thank you to Molly Watkins and Dave Dersham of Swan St for hosting this back porch campaign event on Saturday. (And thanks to everyone who came out on such a hot day!)
Campaign "Office Hours" Continue
Nice to bump into Ward 3's own Ingrid Shockey and Maddy Weaver Blanchette at yesterday's campaign office hours at The Foundry (24 Main St.) Next week's office hours will be the same time and place: Wednesday, July 24th 5-6pm. Please feel free to stop by!
I had a wonderful time at a campaign house party on Edwards Sq. this Sunday. Many thanks to Kelsey Flynn and Jaime Olander for hosting! It was an honor to meet so many great people and talk about the issues on this beautiful street.
Elvis Sighting on Strong Ave
Can't ask for a better sign placement than this... Thanks to Retro Genie Vintage Clothing and Accessories on Strong Avenue.
A Little Campaign Visibility
Thanks team! Today on the corner of Bridge and Market.
Northern Ave Snapshot
Thanks to Nancy Felton and Joel Dansky for hosting a lengthy and productive discussion at their home on Northern Ave, which included a full house of Ward 3 neighbors. A few of us even stuck around afterwards for a quick porch portrait...
On a Familiar Sidewalk in Ward 3
Thank you to an outstanding new business, Beehive Sewing Studio, for showing some Ward 3 pride.
Union Street House Party
Many thanks to Lou Franco and Jennifer Rippel for hosting a spectacular house party this afternoon!
Meanwhile, on Pleasant St...
Many thanks to Roberto's Restaurant for adding a little Ward 3 window decoration!
Special Election Day
Here I am with Gloria Parker, having just voted in today's special election. Always nice to see my neighbors and make new friends in Ward 3!
North Street House Party
Thanks to Wendy and David Newton for hosting a wonderful house party!
Thanks to everyone who packed the room at this exciting kickoff event! Our campaign is gaining supporters and momentum every day.
I Will Be on the Ballot!
Quick update: The Registrar of Voters has certified 117 of the signatures I had submitted, so I will definitely be on the ballot for City Council. Thanks everyone!
House Party on Bridge St.
Thanks to Kamas Choi and Marian Geller for introducing me to virtually everyone on Lincoln Ave today!
Had a great time walking in the parade today!
Bridge Street School PTO
Thank you to the Bridge Street School PTO for letting me drop by tonight, say a few words, and sit in on their meeting!
Greeting Voters at the Polls
I had a great time standing outside the Senior Center on Conz St meeting voters during today's special primary election for US Senate. Thanks for all the fantastic volunteers who turned out to help hold signs!
Door Knocking on Linden St.
Perfect weather today for going door to door on Linden St introducing myself to folks. Great to see Tom Weiner and Susan Dudek, as well as some other friendly faces!
Hope this weather keeps up!
Thanks to Linda Tropp for organizing a spectacular first campaign house party today!
Walking Coolidge, Swan, Crosby and Hubbard
Today was a beautiful day to go door to door introducing myself to Ward 3 residents on Coolidge, Swan, Crosby, and Hubbard. Special thanks to co-door-knocker Dave Dersham, and also to Bill and Joanne Mackiewicz!
Signatures Are In!
This morning, I turned in nomination papers containing about 120 signatures to the Northampton Registrar of Voters.
Why I'm Running
All of us in Ward 3 are brought together by certain principles. I am running for the Northampton City Council because Ward 3 needs an energetic advocate to represent the interests of all our residents and fight for the progressive public policies that matter.
I will prioritize constituent service and take an active role in community projects. On the Council, my approach will be to collaborate with my colleagues and city officials, consider issues carefully, listen to all sides, but never fail to stand up for our interests and certain basic principles: inclusion, equality and social justice.
I believe in investing in Northampton - in education, in infrastructure, and in the community. I believe our city should take stands on the most important issues of the day. I believe our councilors must be advocates at all levels, including the state level and the private sector, to achieve results that strengthen the city.
I'm an optimist at heart who believes we can accomplish great things here in Northampton if we work together. I would be honored to represent you on the City Council, and I ask for your vote!
SupportersClick here to see all or become one
"While I've been away from Ward 3 for a while now, the people and its neighborhoods still hold a very special place in my heart. I knew that Ryan would represent Ward 3 well and in fact, add value to the entire City Council the first time I met him. We always said that Ward 3's uniqueness, diversity and proximity to downtown make it both challenging and fun. The residents of Ward 3 need someone like Ryan with his energy, commitment and expertise to represent them."
Former Ward 3 City Councilor
"After he announced he was running for City Council, I had the pleasure of talking with Ryan about local issues within Ward 3. First, he is very dedicated to this ward and the area, also, I found him to have an exceptional knowledge of the issues within the ward. He is a good listener and is eager to meet and talk with the residents of Ward 3 to understand their concerns. He would be a great city councilor."
Frank J. Werbinski
"Having had a chance this week to meet and talk with him, I am enthusiastically supporting Ryan O'Donnell for Ward 3 to be our next city councilor. His commitment to our public schools is very solid, and that's what I care about the most in our city councilor."
"What I have learned about Ryan is that he really does say what he means. That is so helpful when there are complicated issues and no easy solutions. I like the fact that he is optimistic and wants to work with everyone. I also appreciate how much effort he is putting in to meeting us all in Ward 3."
"Ryan is truly dedicated to the arts in our community. I have known Ryan for many years, since he was an undergrad at UMass working at the Fine Arts Center as a graphic designer. He continued on after graduating producing posters for the Magic Triangle Jazz series that I have proudly hung in store windows throughout downtown Northampton for over a decade."