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The special election winner will finish out the final three years of Mark Fagin's term.

COURTESY PHOTO: EDWARD KIMMI - Edward Kimmi was officially sworn in to the Beaverton City Council on June 21.The newest Beaverton city councilor officially took office on Tuesday, June 21, filling the seventh council seat.

Edward Kimmi was elected in May, winning with just over 70% of votes. The new councilor filled Position 3, which was left vacant when Mark Fagin resigned Jan. 1. Kimmi will finish the remainder of Fagin's three-year term.

Beaverton Municipal Judge Juliet Britton swore in Kimmi at the Tuesday City Council meeting, and the new councilor jumped right into a packed meeting, which included a regular work session and two executive sessions.

"Welcome to the team, Councilor Kimmi," Mayor Lacey Beaty said. "Buckle up, because your first meeting out of the gate is a good one to be at."

Kimmi said his first meeting was a bit more than he was expecting, but he's eager to take on the role.

"I feel blessed and excited," Kimmi said, "and also a very heavy responsibility."

The new councilor said he feels ready to take on the responsibility after campaigning for almost six months and having volunteered with the city already for eight years.

Plus, as Kimmi told Pamplin Media Group, the mayor and existing councilors have also helped him prepare for the role.

"And every day I'm studying on the new things that come up," he said. "I'm not prepared 100 percent, but I'm learning as quickly as I can."

Kimmi co-operates a chiropractic clinic with his wife, Helen Pak. Born in South Korea, Kimmi spent part of his childhood in Kuwait before his family fled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's invasion of the country in 1990.

As a refugee and first-generation Korean American, Kimmi has been active with cultural groups such as the Korean Society of Oregon, where he served as president.

Beaverton voters also elected Kevin Teater in May, who ran against Teresa Payne for Position 2. Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg and John Dugger ran unopposed for positions 1 and 5.

After Councilor Marc San Soucie steps down in August — though someone could fill the vacancy through December — the three elected councilors will bring the council back up to seven in January.

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