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City Councilor Ryan O'Donnell
Ward 3, Northampton

Ryan was elected to the Northampton City Council in 2013 and re-elected in 2015. He brings a progressive voice to the Council, and has worked on a number of projects including:

  • Writing the first ordinance in the Commonwealth to create local campaign finance limits lower than the state maximum.

  • Strengthening affordability and energy standards in Northampton's zoning code.

  • Fighting for affordable housing downtown.

  • Calling for Northampton to accept the state's new Earned Sick Time legislation for municipal workers.

  • Proposing the first resolution in a Massachusetts city against an unnecessary fracked gas pipeline that would run through Western Mass.

  • Amending the stormwater ordinance to prevent unfair billing and to reduce the burden for people with smaller properties.

  • Serving as Chair of the Transportation and Parking Commission and working on traffic calming and pedestrian safety citywide.

  • Leading a ground-up revision of the City Council Rules, reorganizing its committees and creating new mechanisms for public input and transparency.

  • Advocating for the upkeep of Ward 3 streets and working with residents on issues from broken streetlights and drainage problems to new signage to improve traffic conditions.

Ryan was born in Springfield in 1980 and went to public schools in the Valley, graduating from UMass in 2002. His mother and father were married at St. Mary's Church and lived for a number of years on Isabella Street. After his parents separated, he and his mother moved to Amherst, where he grew up. Ryan's grandfather was a public school teacher in Holyoke for 25 years and lived in Easthampton with his grandmother who transcribed textbooks into braille for visually impaired students.

In his professional life, Ryan worked for many years with nonprofit organizations such as Common Cause on issues of campaign finance reform, ethics and government transparency and continues to do that kind of work today as an independent consultant.

Before joining the City Council, Ryan was a board member of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association and the Northampton Living Wage Coalition (now Living Wage Western Mass.) He lives on Day Avenue.

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