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From the bombs in Beirut to in San Jose,
Johnny Khamis and his family have lived "the American Dream. His parents fled their home in Beirut, Lebanon, when war broke out.
Granted political asylum in the US, the Khamis family arrived in San Jose in 1976 with very little cash and a fierce determination to use the opportunity given to them to build new lives.
Growing up in a struggling, immigrant family in San Jose laid a deep foundation for Johnny's views of how government should serve its people.
A product of the public education, he attended George Minor Elementary School, Herman Middle School and Oak Grove High School.
After graduating from high school, Johnny attended San Jose State University, earning his degree in Business Management and Communication. He used his education, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to build a financial advisory business and later started his own company, Western Benefit Solutions.
Johnny was first elected to the San Jose City Council in November 2012 representing District 10, the Almaden Valley and Blossom valley areas of South San Jose. He was reelected in 2016, winning more than 76% of the vote in the primary, securing another term in the first round of voting. Although intended as a criticism by some, Johnny takes great pride in being labeled "The Numbers Guy" on the City Council because of his focus on fiscal accountability.
In 2018, Johnny made the difficult decision to register as a non-partisan independent. Although many factors played into this decision, it was his experiences as a young immigrant child that made it impossible for Johnny to accept a policy that separates migrant children from their parents at the US border. In this highly partisan political environment, Johnny takes pride in working with colleagues with different political views to tackle the community's challenges.
Johnny is a devoted family man and 45 year resident of San Jose. He and his wife, Juliana, have made their home in Almaden with their two sons, Constantin and Alexander.
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