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This press release arrived today….

Holly Ryan, a life-long Oak Hill Park resident and community leader, announced her candidacy today for the Ward 8 City Council seat to replace retiring City Councilor Cheryl Lappin.

Holly is well known for her community leadership in Newton and across Massachusetts. She has been an advocate for neighborhood concerns, human rights, equity, diversity, civic engagement and is a leader in the Democratic party. Holly was appointed as a Newton Human Rights Commissioner and she continues to serve on the Newton 9-11 Commission.

Professionally, Holly is a devoted public servant with experience working in state, county and city governments for over thirty years. Most recently, Holly served as the City of Newton’s LGBTQ+ Liaison for Mayors Ruthanne Fuller and Setti Warren. As Liaison, she worked across the City to ensure that every department and its programs, from schools to police, are accessible, responsive, and treat everyone with dignity and respect. Her previous roles include working for the Middlesex Human Services Agency and the MA Department of Public

Holly shares Councilor Lappin’s belief that Ward Councilors must be readily accessible not only to Ward 8, but all residents, who need assistance navigating city agencies and help with City issues. “My roots are in Ward 8,” Holly said, “I grew up in this community, raised my children here and we have always loved it. I want to be sure that we remain a diverse community where everyone has a voice, and residents of every age and income can live here and enjoy all that Newton has to offer.”

Holly was educated in the Newton Public Schools as were her daughter and son. Her parents were founding members of the Oak Hill Park Association. Holly officially launched her campaign with family and friends today at 2 pm in front of the Shuman Center in Oak Hill Park. Ward 8 residents Helene Stein and former School Committee Member Margie Ross Decter, have agreed to chair Holly’s campaign. Holly said, “I am overwhelmed with the support I’ve already received from so many in the Ward and the City. I look forward to meeting with as many people as possible in the weeks to come.” Holly would welcome your
reaching out to her at [email protected]