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Chaimov wins council seat

The Milwaukie attorney was appointed to replace Carlotta Collette; now he's a permanent member of council
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Milwaukie attorney Greg Chaimov defeated David Miller in a special election to fill a seat on Milwaukie's City Council Tuesday.

Chaimov took 62 percent of the vote, or 1,000 of 1,609 ballots cast. He was appointed to fill the seat in December after Collette left to take a seat on the council of Metro, the regional governing body.

Collette was elected in 2004 to a four-year term. Chaimov's victory only carries through the end of that term, meaning Chaimov will have to defend his seat again in November.

Chaimov formerly worked as the lead legislative attorney for Oregon, as a special counsel with the justice department, served on the vector control and historic review boards at the county level and was vice chair of Milwaukie's library commission and the Island Station neighborhood association.

In his three months on the council, Chaimov has dealt with issues of downtown development, the county's proposed de-funding of libraries, code revisions and light rail.

He said in his time there he has brought respect back to the council, both among councilors and toward the public.

He's also sought the best solutions to problems rather than having a "pass" or "don't pass" mentality. When the issue came up of how much developer's should pay to help improve the public areas downtown, it was Chaimov who recommended the code be reviewed and possibly changed rather than simply decided on as it was written and not revised.