TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The new Troutdale City Council was sworn in Monday night and one new council member is a history maker.
At 23, Larry Morgan is the youngest Troutdale councilor in its 107 year history and he is the first African-American elected to the city’s council.
Morgan defeated Norm Thomas, a 12-year incumbent who was also the council president. Morgan took 53% of the vote.
He is less than half the age of the next youngest council member, 47-year-old Eric Anderson.
“I’ve said there are two kinds of people,” said Morgan, who is also a real estate agent. “There are people who go into office and are changed and people who go to office and bring change.”
While he is aware of the history he’s making, he’s doesn’t feel encumbered by it.
“I think we use age or skin color or religion as barriers to prevent us from achieving big things, and they shouldn’t be,” he told KOIN 6 News.
The Mount Hood Community College graduate wants to tackle human trafficking and tax policies while helping to unite the council.
During the campaign he used 21st century technology to talk to voters, but he also met voters like Jon Brown for lunch.
“I don’t care what his age is,” Brown said. “I want somebody positive, a fresh person to keep Troutdale positive. I don’t want negative. I want him to work the negative out and get the positive going.”