Jim Ryan’s story is a familiar one.

After graduating from Gloucester Catholic High School, Jim’s first job was sorting mail at Bell of Pennsylvania. Over the years, he rose through the ranks by first driving a delivery truck then working on communication lines up on poles, down in ditches, and underground in manholes.

In 1996, he and his wife Rosanne moved to Summit Farms. Their two daughters went to public school in the Appoquinimink School District; one is a University of Delaware graduate and his youngest will be starting at Del Tech in the fall. A lifelong Democrat, Jim is an active 9th Representative District Committee member.

Every day, for more than 30 years, he went to work at Verizon. Like all of us, he had plenty of sleepless nights trying to figure out how to make ends meet and make things better for his family. The goal was to provide opportunities that Jim and his wife did not have, and with the help of CWA, great teachers, faith and a LOT of long hours at work it was achieved.

In 2014 the 700 members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 13101 elected Jim as their president and in 2017 re-elected him. CWA is a very diverse Union with members working in the communications industry, State Police, Kent County public works, social services field and others. As CWA President, he’s driven to represent the Local’s members and their families…”because behind every member there’s a family, and opportunity and hope is what every child should be given, and every parent should have the chance to provide.”

Jim has what it takes to represent us in Dover. At Verizon, he volunteered for 10 years as an Education Advocate, guiding fellow employees on how to use the educational resources available to them and enabling them to advance by improving their skills. As CWA President, representing workers in both the private and public sectors, he’s stood up for workers being treated unfairly in the workplace, fought for better wages, negotiated health care and retirement plans and guided members with substance abuse problems to resources to help them recover.

Now, he wants to fight for the residents of the 9th Representative District.

Jim believes that elected office should not be a career choice, it should be about service, results, and making people’s lives better. Jim says the reason to be involved in politics should not just be to oppose anyone but rather to propose new ideas, perspective and energy.