Jin Han Kim, the 25-year-old newcomer who came within 20 votes of ousting Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland in the Democratic primary, is seeking a recount.
The final results had McPartland winning 376 to 356, a narrow 51%-49% victory, in the June 4 primary.
After the machine votes were counted, McPartland led Jim by just 13 votes, 339 to 226.
The race was unexpectedly close.
Some insiders viewed McPartland’s near defeat on his ties to real estate developer Fred Daibes, who is currently battling a federal indictment on charges that he circumvented lending limits at a bank he ran to secure millions of dollars in loans.
Kim, policy consultant at BIT North America, was born in Korea and emigrated to the United States at age 12.
Edgewater is 35.5% Asian, according to the 2010 U.S. Census and is estimated to have a Korean population of 19%.
Jin Han Kim Filed Documents