Spokane City Council President announces cancer diagnosis, leave to finish treatment

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane City Council President, Breean Beggs, announced his cancer diagnosis at Monday’s meeting.

Beggs said he will be taking a leave of absence to complete chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

He was diagnosed with cancer in June and shortly after had a tumor removed from his tonsil.

“This treatment is fatiguing, but it will be worth it to get back to my life and the people I love,” Beggs said in a statement on Facebook.

Councilwoman Candace Mumm will be the City Council President Pro-tem until Beggs returns.

“She and our dedicated staff will keep me informed and I will continue to focus on my highest priorities for the City,” Beggs said. “I appreciate your thoughts and support during this time and know that I am surrounded with amazing family and friends.”

Beggs’ leave will contimnue through August and September.