Why I am running…
Seattle deserves better results from our City Council! I want to bring my PRACTICAL PROGRESSIVE approach to solving the issues we face in District 3. I would be honored to serve as your voice on the Seattle City Council.
After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, I fell in love with Seattle and chose to live here permanently. The first home I purchased was in the Central Area, not far from Garfield High School.
For 30+ years I've owned and operated a small IT firm. I work with businesses large and small, from a wide array of industries, across the region. I have a deep understanding of the technology sector's importance to the economy in our region.
My husband Shiro, and I have been married for 26 years. We have a son, Ryk. He is enrolled in the Paramedicine program at Central Washington University, and works part-time as an EMT. He graduated from Cleveland High School.
My education: a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington; a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound.
I have lived in District 3 for 40 years. I've lived in the Central Area, Broadway District, Capitol Hill, Leschi and Mt. Baker.
In 2006 I founded and led an organization called Many Cultures, One Message. We successfully blocked Mayor Nickels' attempt to declare all of SE Seattle blighted. A blight designation would have given the City the power to force immigrant and modest-income property owners to sell at bargain prices. The City's intent was to later "sell the properties to developers at a discount."
While serving on the Seattle Public Schools Closure Committee I fought to protect schools from closure in areas where population growth was expected, and to ensure equity for low-income students and students of color. I came up with creative solutions of how to best serve student needs, which the District sadly ignored, resulting in disproportionate harm to low-income students and students of color.
As President of the Cleveland High School PTSA, I convinced reluctant parents to host the school's first auction fundraiser in its nearly 90-year history. We raised over six times the national average for school auctions, and used all proceeds to purchase much-needed resources for Cleveland students.
My experience as a civic leader and business owner will bring creative solutions to improve Seattle and tackle our toughest challenges.
For over 25 years I have dedicated my time to improving Seattle. A few examples of my involvement: in 10th year as President of the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council; President of the Mount Baker Community Club; an active member of the Federation of Community Councils; President of the Cleveland High School PTSA; Vice Chair of the City Neighborhood Council; and engagement in many zoning and equity issues.