I was born in Minneapolis, MN and moved to California in 1950 where I attended Catholic schools in the San Fernando Valley. In 1961 I entered the Sisters of Social Service, doing social work, community organization and home visiting. I left in 1969 and enrolled at UC Riverside where I earned my degree in Sociology, and met my husband, Joel Bryan, a post-polio quadriplegic. We moved to Davis in 1973 where he became director for the Disabled Student Program on the UC Davis campus.

I have lived in Davis for 44 years:

  • Served on the boards of the League of Women of Voters, Suicide Prevention of Yolo County, Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network, Yolo Community Foundation, Soroptimist International of Davis. I was a member of the City of Davis Affordable Housing Task Force.

  • Active in the Davis schools as a parent helper, PTA member and president, and American Youth Organization serving as player registrar, field manager and assistant coach.
  • Served for two years as Yolo County Supervisor Helen Thomson’s Aide.
  • Worked for UCD Extension organizing public policy conferences on social concerns facing California including, Homeless Youth, Youth Gangs and Drugs, Child Abuse, Drug Babies, AIDS, and Immigration Policy in California.
  • Worked as the Perinatal Substance Abuse Coordinator for Yolo County Alcohol and Drug Programs, a collaborative public/private effort to develop a continuum of services for chemically dependent pregnant and parenting women.
  • Founded the Sister Friend Program that trained community mentors who were paired with adults and teens. The program included weekly visits by mentors, parenting classes, workshops and social opportunities.
  • Was Executive Director of a Yolo County non-profit that incorporated the Sister Friend Project, Parenting Classes, the Volunteer Center and added youth mentoring and gang intervention services for middle school youth.
  • Was involved with Choices for Healthy Aging, a group organized to collect information regarding desires of Davis seniors who were interested in downsizing and staying in Davis.
  • Lobbied the Cannery developers for smaller, single-story and reasonably-affordable housing for seniors, singles, first-time homebuyers and the disabled.
  • Worked for two years to save the Families First buildings, urging the City Council to preserve the site for future public and/or private use to benefit the Davis community.

I am running for city council because I believe my current experience coupled with my commitment to the City of Davis and forty-four years of community involvement make me a viable candidate to understand and meet Davis’ current and future challenges.

Mary Jo Bryan posted a viewpoint to the issue Homelessness
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I support the city’s action (1) approving the location and funding of two public restrooms and storage containers for homeless persons, and (2) an ordinance restricting certain behaviors associated with panhandling. Although helpful, these actions are just providing a bandage and not addressing...

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Mary Jo Bryan posted a viewpoint to the issue Affordable Housing
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Here is my position on housing. I wrote this at the beginning of my campaign and it my major reason for deciding to become a candidate.


The Davis community, along with the City Council, together must develop strategies, and take concrete steps to plan for the future of Davis. Our...

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Mary Jo Bryan posted a viewpoint to the issue Amount of UCD On-Campus Hou...
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The city and county should continue to meet with, and continue to civilly pressure the university chancellor to increase the numbers on the Long Range Plan to the system-wide goal of housing 50% of students on campus.

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Increasing the amount of money and resources that the City devotes to infrastructure, operations, and quality of life, can only happen if the City increases its revenues. Revenue can be increased by raising taxes, but every dollar that a citizen pays in taxes is a dollar that can’t be used to...

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