Mark Fagin, a small business owner and volunteer chairman of Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee, announced he will run this year for the Beaverton City Council Position 3 seat.
The position is held by Councilor Cathy Stanton, who recently announced she would not run for another term after finishing out this year. Serving on the council since 1994, Stanton is among the city leaders - along with Councilors Ian King, Marc San Soucie and Mayor Dennis Doyle - endorsing Fagin.
Rick Stephens, chairman of the Beaverton Planning Commission, and David Harrison, chairman of the Beaverton Committee for Citizen Involvement, have also endorsed him.
Fagin, 44, has served on the city's Civic Plan Steering Committee and participated in Leadership Beaverton through the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce. Doyle and the council recently appointed him to the Beaverton Planning Commission.
He said his interest in the council is an outgrowth of his involvement with other groups working to shape the city's future.
'My drive to join the City Council started with my participation on the Visioning Advisory Committee,' he said. 'As a member of the VAC, I had the opportunity to hear from thousands of our fellow residents representing all parts of the city. Ever since, I have felt a strong commitment to follow through on the priorities we identified for Beaverton.'
Fagin unsuccessfully challenged Councilor Betty Bode for her seat in 2010. He said he watches or attends council meetings regularly.
'I think things are running well right now,' he said of the council. 'We've been working hard on the Community Vision (plan), and I've worked with them on some urban renewal issues. Good things are happening, and I'm looking forward to those good things continuing.'
Fagin, who has lived in the Beaverton area for 16 years, is the Beaverton-area representative for Gaston Sales Inc., which specializes in semiconductor-, silicon- and solar energy-based products.
Doyle praised Fagin's business and volunteer experience as providing a solid foundation for the council.
'Mark will make a great city councilor,' said Doyle, who also supported his first bid for public office. 'He is extremely well qualified and knows our community. As a small business owner and community volunteer, Mark has that rare mix of common sense, competence and determination, with a strong sense of public service.'
San Soucie praised Fagin's ability to cooperate with a wide range of individuals and organizations to move plans toward reality.
'Mark has demonstrated superb leadership and great collaborative skills in his work chairing the Visioning Advisory Committee and working with many community groups,' he said. 'He is a great listener, with a positive, engaging way with people and a firm focus on accomplishing the task at hand.'
Fagin and his wife, Shelley, have four grown children.
'People say, 'Why be a councilor?'' Fagin said. 'Well, look at all the things that are starting to percolate. Things are really good in Beaverton, and it's a really exciting time to be part of it.'