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Dugger will finish up Council President Marc San Soucie's term before starting his own four-year term in January.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Beaverton City Council appointed John Dugger to take over Councilor Marc San Soucie's term starting Sept. 1, four months before he was expected to take office.Beaverton City Councilor-elect John Dugger will take office four months earlier than expected on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Voters elected Dugger, who ran unopposed, to Council Position 5 in May — a position he would have started Jan. 1. But with Council President Marc San Soucie stepping down from Position 5 effective Aug. 31, the council had a decision to make.

According to City Attorney Bill Kirby, the council could choose to appoint someone or not to, but the councilors agreed that having all seven members is ideal.

"I think our council needs some stability," Councilor Nadia Hasan said in a July 19 meeting, where she proposed a motion to appoint Dugger to the seat effective Sept. 1.

Dugger said it wasn't completely unexpected that he would be the one to finish up San Soucie's Position 5 term, but he's grateful to the council for letting him get started sooner.

"I'm ready to serve. I'm ready to get in there," Dugger said in an interview. "And there's a bunch of issues that it's kind of exciting that I get to weigh in on."

Though he's been involved with Beaverton's volunteer boards and committees, Dugger said he's excited to deal with things like transportation, development and housing as a council member.

"I do feel the weight of this, being the first-ever LGBTQ person to serve on the council," said Dugger, who is gay. "It kind of opens me up to more scrutiny. It opens me up to more eyes looking in."

But he's ready to do the work, Dugger said, and he's excited to get to work engaging community members from more marginalized groups.

"We've got some serious work to do," he said.

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