Ryan Launches Re-Election Campaign


July 1, 2018


"I Promised Reform and I Kept My Word"

(Providence, RI) Establishing monthly community meetings. Focusing on financial common sense. Investing in our neighborhoods. Promoting public safety and making our streets safe.

In her first term as a Providence City Councilwoman, Jo-Ann Ryan has focused on taking action and getting results, using her experience as someone who grew up in Providence, went to school in the city, and raised a family here. Today, she announced her plans to run for re-election in the city’s Fifth Ward, building on a track record of:

  • listening to her neighbors

  • establishing a recreation center in the ward

  • working to improve local parks, and

  • helping law enforcement lead a major crackdown on illegal ATVs and dirt bikes throughout the city.

As a financial management professional, with more than 30 years of experience in the Rhode Island banking industry helping families attain home ownership, Ryan brings a commitment to fiscal responsibility and creating effective programs.

“When I first ran four years ago, we were focused on the need to reform city government, to make City Hall more responsive to the needs of our neighborhoods,” said Ryan. “I’ve lived my life in the Fifth Ward and want other families to have that same opportunity, so that’s why I’ve worked hard these last three and a half years and seek the opportunity to keep fighting on the issues that effect people’s lives.”

In her first term on the Council, Ryan was able to work with community leaders to:

  • establish monthly community meetings to listen to people’s concerns, encourage them to speak out, and get things done for them;

  • secure more than $6 million in investments to improve local schools, the library, recreational facilities, and businesses;

  • sponsor and pass public safety legislation to address student housing concerns;

  • lead the fight to empower the Providence Police Department to get unregistered dirt bikes and ATVs off our streets;

  • work to hold the line on taxes and encourage fiscal responsibility; and

  • push for a plastic bag reduction ordinance to clean up our neighborhoods, preserve our waterways, and protect our environment.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday September 12, 2018and the general election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Ryan concluded, “There’s important work still to be done and I look forward to spending the weeks ahead speaking with my neighbors and asking for their continued support to be their voice on the City Council.”