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Dublin council gets out member

by BAR staff

Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland
Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland  

Dublin City Councilman Shawn Kumagai is believed to be the first out LGBT person elected to a city council in the East Bay's Tri-Valley region. He was sworn in Tuesday, December 18, in the council chambers by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer Kahan (D-Dublin). He was joined by his brother, Kevin Carter, left, and finance, Alex Rafael (partially obscured) at the ceremony. Kumagai, a Navy veteran and master chief petty officer in the Navy Reserve, ran on a platform of creating a walkable city with economic development in the downtown area that can connect to one of the city's BART stations.

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