Why City Council and About Ryan


Why Run For City Council?

After living in Grimes for nearly 20 years, I want to get more hands-on in building a positive future  for all of us who are blessed to live here. Grimes has a history as a wonderful small town just outside Des Moines. I have enjoyed the fruits of this history and I want to help make its future even better.

I look forward to sitting on my porch years from now with my grandkids, relaxing after having a family reunion at Lions Park half a block away.

No dramatic goals or election promises, I just want to continue the amazing journey that Grimes has been on for the last 20 years and since it’s founding in 1881 as a small farming community.

Let me represent you and continue to build that future that we all want from our great hometown, Grimes!

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Who I Am

Ryan Burger is an 18-year Grimes resident who loves life in this great little town. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, his parents moved their family to Iowa in 1983. Ryan graduated from Valley High School in 1990. He immediately pursued a business degree and graduated from ISU in 1994.

Since 1986 he has been self-employed with BC Productions, a media company that produces a trade magazine, web portal and the flagship national conference for the mobile DJ industry.

Formerly the owner of BCPDJs, he was known in town by many as “that DJ guy,” providing sound for events all over town, starting the very first summer he lived in Grimes.  Being involved in Governors Days, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Booster Club and more you will see he’s involved anywhere he can help.

He is currently pursuing teaching certification, with the goal of teaching the next generation of Grimes residents how to run their own businesses or bring the most benefit to any business they work for.​[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”174″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

How is he experienced

Being self-employed has led him to a unique skillset over the last 30 years and a perspective that he understands how an organization or business should be run.  Through cooperation, negotiation and management of resources, he will work with the other city council members plus the mayor and city staff to make Grimes even better.

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How is he in touch with Grimes

Simply he’s there, Ryan loves being involved in some form in many many things, and does it well.  Almost any event in the HS Auditorium he’s around for, a ton of DCG Sports events you will see him in the concession stand, his office (in the old Lions Club building at 222 SE Main Street) has him accessible to anyone most days from 8am to 3pm, and often at home (807 NE Park Street) you will see him sitting on his front or back deck, reading a book or relaxing talking with friends.

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His family

Married to Rebecca for 25 years they have 5 kids that range in age from 22 down to 15.  Involved in the community through involvement with Crossroads Community Church, and Grimes Chamber and Economic Development plus DCG school activities, and membership in the Lions and Kiwanis.

His goal before the election is to meet every resident of Grimes and talk about what they want this city to be like in 5, 10 and 20 years from now.

Please contact him at rb@burgers50111.com or 515-778-3030.

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My Beliefs

  • Grimes is the best place in the world to bring up a family.
  • Its positive small-town attitude that has handled its growth better than any other town in the area.
  • Skilled city leadership, from both elected officials and staff, is the main reason Grimes is doing great
  • Grimes will continue to go the right direction right direction, as long as city leaders continue to have the right motives guiding their actions
  • There are many goals in place and more to be set for Grimes but it’s not my mission to make any changes to our services.
  • That only through continuing to be responsive to the needs of the community will we continue to grow in the right direction.


Where Have You Seen Ryan

Ryan loves to get involved in groups and involved in Grimes organizations and anywhere people gather.


  • Grimes Lions
  • Grimes Kiwanis
  • DCG Booster Club – Specializing in Concessions
  • Serves as the DCG High School Auditorium Manager

In The Past

  • DCG After Prom
  • DCG Dance Marathon
  • Dallas Center Skate Park Manager – 3 years
  • Grimes Chamber and Economic Development Committees
  • Governors Days / Funtastic Days – Past Chair and Committee Member