Former Montgomery County Commissioner and state senator Charles Curran has been appointed to a vacant seat on Beavercreek City Council.
Council members voted on the appointment at their meeting Monday night.
Curran has had a long career in local and state politics, serving six terms as a commissioner in Montgomery County, one term as a Democratic state senator and as a Dayton City Council member in the 1970s.
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After teaching political science at Sinclair Community College on a full- and part-time basis for 51 years, the 78-year-old said he now teaches “lifelong learning classes” to senior citizens.
Curran said his first priority as a council member in Beavercreek will be listening to council members, city staff and residents to learn “what particular issues they feel strongly about.” Listening to citizens, he said, is an “important responsibility for any elected official.”
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“The big challenge for a city that has a financial base based on property taxes is economic development,” Curran said. “It will be very important to develop a strong economic base in the city.”
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Curran was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Bob Stone, who won the bid for the mayor’s office in November’s election. Curran joins newly elected members to council Joanna Garcia and Ryan Rushing.
Others on the six-member council are Melissa Litteral, Zach Upton and Julie Vann.