Councilor John Dugger joined the City Council as its newest member earlier this month— filling City Council Position 5. In his words, Dugger shares about this special occasion and his thoughts for the future:
How does it feel to be Beaverton’s newly elected City Councilor?
It feels incredible! I’m super excited to continue serving our city, working with our residents and our hard-working city staff to ensure Beaverton continues to be a place for all people.
I also know first-hand how hard everything has been (certainly within the last several years) and how hard our staff has worked to keep everything moving forward. To my colleagues (and future friends) who work so hard for our city, I see you. I’m grateful for the chance to get to know you and hear your story.
What inspired you to serve?
I’m a people person. I know that relationships power our service, but behind all the buzz words are real people with ambitions, fears, happiness, love, respect, kindness, sadness, basically the full human experience.
I feel inspired to serve by a simple belief: That government has a big role to play in creating communities that allow ALL people to thrive. That together WE can achieve big things. If we unlock the potential of our staff, I’m confident Beaverton can lead the world in so many different areas.
How do you feel your background has prepared you for this position?
My service on several different city boards and commissions, as well as my community work in helping co-found a couple of nonprofits here in Beaverton, has led me to this opportunity. I’m aware of the immense responsibility and trust folks have put in me in electing me to this role, but I have much to learn and can’t wait to get started on the work.
What are you most looking forward to?
I’m a proud nerd, so I like to get in the weeds and learn the details, but I also think the role of the City Council has to be strategic. We need to create clear priorities for city staff, resource those priorities appropriately, then get out of the way and allow our professional staff to shine.
The Beaverton City Council was expanded to seven members under the city’s new voter-approved Charter that went into effect Jan. 1, 2021. As the city’s governing body, the City Council gives policy direction and helps guide the city’s long-term goals.
For more information about the City Council, contact information, and upcoming meetings, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Council.