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Northwest Fresno has representation following City Council ceremony

Newest Fresno City Councilmember Mike Karbassi takes oath of office

Newest Fresno City Councilmember Mike Karbassi takes oath of office, sworn in by Fresno City Clerk Yvonne Spence and accompanied by his father, Mike Karbassi, Thursday morning, August 22, 2019.
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Newest Fresno City Councilmember Mike Karbassi takes oath of office, sworn in by Fresno City Clerk Yvonne Spence and accompanied by his father, Mike Karbassi, Thursday morning, August 22, 2019.

Fresno City Council’s newest member took his oath of office Thursday, a little more than a week after winning the special election.

Mike Karbassi, a 35-year-old small business owner, officially became the elected leader for northwest Fresno’s District 2 after a ceremony at City Hall. He collected about 58% of votes during the Aug. 13 election, which was certified by the Fresno County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday.

The seat was left vacant earlier this year by Steve Brandau, who was elected to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.

Karbassi said he was happy to call each member of the council “a colleague.”

“I know we may have our differences here and there, but I know every one of you cares about your district,” he said.

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Reporter Thaddeus Miller has covered cities in the central San Joaquin Valley since 2010, writing about everything from breaking news to government and police accountability. A native of Fresno, he joined The Fresno Bee in 2019 after time in Merced and Los Banos.
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