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Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs Diagnosed with Cancer

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Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs has been diagnosed with cancer, and is taking medical leave from his leadership role on the city council for treatment.

“This June I joined millions of American who have been diagnosed with cancer, and I’m now in the hands of a great medical team, and we’re eradicating it.”

He said he underwent surgery in June to remove a tonsil and will soon undergo radiation treatment.

Beggs said city council woman Candace Mumm would take over chairing the meetings while he undergoes chemotherapy, and he plans to still attend meetings over Zoom when he can.

“I appreciate your thoughts and support during this time, and know that I am surrounded by amazing family and friends. I love Spokane and I’m so happy to be in a city where we all belong.”

Breean Beggs was elected as city council president in 2019 and was previously a city councilman. He also is an advocate for criminal justice reform and civil rights, and has worked as a civil rights lawyer in Spokane and was the leader for the Center for Justice.