Get to Know Ryan Jolley

Get to Know Ryan Jolley

Name: Ryan Jolley
Office you’re seeking:
Mayor of Gahanna
Are you an incumbent?
No (open seat)
If no, do you currently hold an elected office?
No (former school board & city council member)
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Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.)
I was born in Dayton, raised in Gahanna, and graduated from THE Ohio State University. I was elected to the Board of Education when I was 18, and I also served on City Council. For the last three years, I’ve worked for the City in our Department of Public Service and Engineering.

Why are you running for this office?
I’m running for Mayor of Gahanna to ensure the next generation has the same great opportunities I had growing up here. I intend to act as a pivot point for our city, where a new progressive vision and fearless, revitalized leadership raises Gahanna to new heights and improves the quality of living for all. I look forward to doing the hard work required to build a better future for Gahanna’s residents and providing an example of progressive governance and Democratic values in action.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?
There are no major or hot-button issues in our city right now (which is a good thing for a change). I am most concerned with modernizing our city government, being more transparent about how we spend our tax dollars, and creating feedback mechanisms to ensure that all voices in our community are heard.

Give us a fun fact about yourself.
In high school I was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for a rock band

What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?
It’s not *ichigan

Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us!
OSU Buckeyes, of course!

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem

What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast?

If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in?

Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign?
We are running a textbook grassroots campaign, pounding the pavement, so anyone who wants to come canvass is welcome, any time!


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