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Association leader says council needs to be reconnected with city neighborhoods and offers a plan.

COURTESY JOHN DUGGER - John Dugger seeks Position 3 on the Beaverton City Council in the May 19 primary.John Dugger says he would reconnect city government with its neighborhoods if he is elected May 19 to Position 3 on the Beaverton City Council.

Dugger has had leadership positions on two neighborhood association committees — Highland, which he was chairman of when it received a national award from Neighborhoods USA in 2018, and Central Beaverton. He's also a public member of the city Budget Committee and the Transportation and Capital Improvements Advisory Board, and has been on the Planning Commission.

He's also a co-founder of Pride Beaverton — the festival started in 2018 and a parade in 2019 — and a co-founder of Highland Helpers, a charity that helps residents of the Highland neighborhood.

"I bring a people first, neighbor-to-neighbor mentality and connection to decision-making that I think is lacking on our current city council," Dugger said in a statement.

"Our current council's disconnection to the people has shown itself most recently in the rush to get the charter changes on the ballot, rather than listen to feedback from neighbors and slow down the process."

He referred to a Feb. 11 meeting when the council voted 4-1 to place a revised city charter on the May 19 ballot, although Dugger was among several people who urged the council to hold off. The proposed charter would shift from an elected mayor to an appointed manager as the chief executive of city government.

Dugger is running against Mark Fagin, the two-term incumbent who joined the majority to vote for the charter referral to city voters.

Dugger, 40, has worked for Nike since April 2019. He is a supplier relationship manager and is working on a global supplier management program. For the previous two years, he worked in supplier relationship management for Cambia Health Solutions, the parent company of Regence. From 2012 to 2017 he was implantable device manager, orthopedics, for Providence Health & Services. He also has worked for Legacy Health.

He earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science in 2012 from Portland State University.

He and his husband, Quinn, have a rescue cat and a rescue Great Pyrenees dog.

Among Dugger's priorities if elected are housing and homelessness, traffic congestion and sustainability. Dugger said he has placed them in a wider context in a Hometown Beaverton plan.

"I also bring an optimistic vision and plan for our city that reconnects the work of the city leadership with our people," he said. "This vision … is the result of many years of work with regular people in our neighborhoods. It focuses on achievable goals, centered on people, that will set up Beaverton for prosperity for years to come."

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