Golden Valley City Council
‘For workers and their families’
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 27, 2017
By Steve Share, editor, Minneapolis Labor Review
GOLDEN VALLEY — “I’ve always been interested in how our community can do better for workers and their families,” says Jim Ryan.
A first-time candidate, retired union member Jim Ryan is running for an at-large seat on the Golden Valley city council. He is running with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Ryan retired in 2015 after a nearly 40-year career with the Social Security Administration in the Twin Cities area. He was a union steward for American Federation of Government Employees Local 3129 and served as the local’s legislative and political coordinator.
‘I’ve always been interested in how our community can do better for workers and their families.’
Ryan is well-known to the MRLF. He volunteered with the MRLF’s campaign staff in recent election cycles and, in 2014, Ryan knocked the most doors of any of the MRLF’s field staff —2,300 doors!
“I wouldn’t have done this without that experience,” he says. “It gave me confidence that I could meet with people and within a short period of time elicit their concerns on issues that were critical to them.”
He views planning around light rail, affordable housing, and lowering the city’s debt level as top concerns.
Ryan grew up in Wisconsin and Iowa and moved to Minnesota to attend St. Mary’s University in Winona. Graduate school at the University of Minnesota brought him to the Twin Cities. He and his wife, Rose, chose Golden Valley as a place to settle because “we thought it was a good environment to live in and raise our children.”
When their sons were growing up, Ryan volunteered as Boy Scout leader, Little League coach, and soccer coach.
His wife Rose Ryan has worked for the Hennepin County Libraries for 25 years and is a member of AFSCME Local 2864. The couple have four grown sons —Patrick, Kevin, Colin and Barry —and one grandchild.