Mark Fagin seeks third term on Beaverton City Council
Mark Fagin says he hopes to continue his work on a range of issues if he is elected May 19 to a third term on the Beaverton City Council.
"It's a lot, with a full-time job, but I find that the city work gives me energy," he said in a statement. "I enjoy serving my community in this way and would like to continue."
But Fagin, who has been involved with city issues for a decade, says it's difficult for him to pinpoint issues for personal credit "because the work on council is done in conjunction with a lot of other people."
He was chairman of the advisory committee that led to the Community Vision Plan, which the council originally adopted in 2010 and updated in 2016, with participation from thousands of residents. He said his other contribution was to align spending in the city budget to advance goals in the action plan.
Among other issues Fagin touched on:
• Funding for construction and operation of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, now underway and scheduled for completion in fall 2021, that does not rely on property taxes. Lodging taxes are the primary source for repayment of the city's share of $21 million in revenue bonds, plus a portion of future operating costs in addition to ticket sales and venue rentals. "Beaverton residents won't be responsible for what is truly a regional center," he said.
• A revised city charter, subject to voter approval May 19, that shifts from an elected mayor to an appointed manager as the chief executive of city government. Beaverton is the only large city in Oregon to employ a strong mayor-council form, which dates to the 1980 charter.
• A shift of 4,400 households already within city limits from service by independent water districts to city water service, resulting in reduced monthly rates, although the city is moving to increase rates for all of its water customers to pay for improvements and a new intertie with the Willamette River. The shift took place in 2019.
• An urban renewal district, which voters approved in 2011, that works to advance city and partner goals.
Fagin, 52, earned a bachelor's degree in aviation technology in 1989 from Purdue University. He and his wife Shelley have four adult children. He has owned Gaston Sales Inc. of Beaverton, which serves the semiconductor and solar industries, since 2000.
Fagin lost a bid for City Council against then-incumbent Betty Bode in 2010. He ran and won the Position 3 seat in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. If re-elected, he says he would abide by the term limits in the proposed city charter revision and the new term would be his final one.
Campaign contact: www.fagin4beaverton.com
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