San Jose celebrates its first Arab American councilman

San Jose marked another milestone in the growing diversity of the Bay Area's largest city with a swearing-in ceremony Sunday for newly elected Councilman Johnny Khamis, the city's first elected official of Arab descent.

(Jan 07, 2013 - San Jose, CA) 

Khamis, a 44-year-old financial adviser, won the November election to represent San Jose’s District 10 in Almaden and Blossom valleys. His official swearing-in was Dec. 31, but he celebrated on Sunday before a crowd of some 200 well-wishers including his wife and two sons, Mayor Chuck Reed, Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and council members Pete Constant, Pierluigi Oliverio, Rose Herrera and Kansen Chu.

“I’m deeply humbled,” Khamis told the crowd at the ceremony in City Hall’s distinctive glass rotunda after a Boy Scout troop presented the U.S. flag for the Pledge of Allegiance and a local high school freshman sang the national anthem.

Khamis thanked his wife and campaign volunteers and, introducing his new staff, urged residents to stay involved in city affairs and to phone him with thoughts and ideas.

“My door is always open,” Khamis said. “I want to make sure to get your ideas.”

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