Councilor John P. Donegan (D, Ward 3), was elected to his first term on the Cranston City Council in November 2018.
John was born June 19, 1990, in Queens, NY, and shortly thereafter moved back to his Mother’s hometown, Cranston, when his parents secured teaching jobs at local public schools. Growing up in Cranston John was involved in CLCF sports, Boy Scouts, and was a parishioner of St. Ann’s Church. He graduated from La Salle Academy in 2009, and earned a degree in History and Philosophy from Assumption College, in Worcester, MA in 2013. He worked as a camp counselor at the Cranston YMCA every summer during college, and upon graduating took a year off from school to run a program for the YMCA at the Eleanor Slater Hospital complex. John went back to school and earned his Master’s degree in American and Modern European History from Providence College in 2016. John teaches middle school social studies. John and his wife Laura, a high school science teacher, bought their home in the Stadium neighborhood in 2017.
John became involved with local politics following the 2016 elections. He regularly attended Council meetings, and spoke out on issues he is passionate about, such as preserving open space, and a transparent democratic process; supporting responsible development and zoning, opposing an ordinance to criminalize poverty, and advocating to prohibit guns in schools. When the City Council seat for Ward 3, the part of the City John has called home since he was 9, opened up in 2018, John jumped in the race to bring fresh new ideas to City government. Running on the promise to seek compassionate solutions to the issues facing our City, and fueled by grassroots support, John was elected to the City Council in November 2018, and inaugurated in January 2019. At 28, he was the youngest person elected to the Cranston City Council in decades.
During his first term on the Council, John has introduced numerous pieces of legislation that passed into law, including an ordinance to prohibit single-use plastic bags, an ordinance amendment strengthening rodent control efforts, an ordinance to waive fees or penalties for residents who are struggling to pay their 4th quarter taxes this year due to the pandemic, and an ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees. John cosponsored a $5M bond proposal, which will be on the November ballot, to finance projects to improve the City's green infrastructure, address energy consumption, and combat climate change. John also helped secure increased funding for the schools and doubled funding for the City’s rental assistance program for low-income residents. He is currently working to establish a splash pad in Ward 3, reduce health disparities as a member of the Cranston Health Equity Zone, and, with Councilman Steve Stycos, create a community garden at Arlington School. During the Covid-19 pandemic John worked to connect volunteers with people in need by organizing a mutual aid group, and introduced a package of proposals to protect taxpayers and support our local economy. He believes that our government should be accessible and transparent to every Cranston resident, and has kept his promise to hold monthly community meetings to bring neighbors together to discuss the issues at hand.
John looks forward to continuing this work throughout his second term, during which he was elected by his peers to serve as the City Council Minority Leader for the Democratic Caucus.
John is an advocate for social justice, equity, good government reforms, and our environment. As a City Councilor, he promises to continue to amplify the voices of working families and marginalized communities; combat systemic racism; help build a more equitable and inclusive community; work to make our city government more accessible and transparent; work to make our schools safer and more enriching places of learning; support a better framework to grow our local economy and boost small businesses; fight to improve housing affordability and housing standards; protect our environment and combat climate change; focus on quality of life issues facing our neighborhoods; and continue to be an honest, accessible, and transparent representative for Ward 3 on the Cranston City Council.
John cannot do this alone.