Why I am running….
Seattle deserves a revolution. We deserve better results from our City Council than what we are getting. Seattle should be a world leader rather than following bad policies implemented elsewhere. I believe my PRACTICAL PROGRESSIVE approach to solving the issues we face in District 3 will trigger the change we have longed for. I would be honored to serve as your voice on the Seattle City Council.
From Redlining to Gentrification, D3 has always been over-looked and left behind in Seattle’s history. I believe it’s time to bring our voices to City Hall. It’s our time to secure our seat at the table, and ensure the Residents and Small Businesses of our District come first.
I felt the sting of prejudice early on…from my parents. I was dating a black man, whom I later married, when my parents gave me a choice. Leave him or get out. I chose to get out.
As a woman business owner in the IT industry, my life has been about breaking glass ceilings. As the mother of a biracial son, I have had the conversations with my son about being safe in our society, about hate and prejudgment. In order for my family and I to succeed in Seattle, we have had to create that better tomorrow. Now, I want to open those doors to everyone in D3.
Seattle became my home because of 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 over 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, and what it takes for Seattle businesses to thrive and provide living-wage jobs.
My husband Shiro and I have been married for 26 years and we raised our son, Ryk, here in D3. We are so proud of him. He is a student at Central Washington University while working full-time as a Paramedic. He has already taught me so much about our healthcare system, what it really takes to save lives, and the struggles of people addicted to drugs and/or living on our streets.
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 D3 for 40 years. Since I was 9 years old, I’ve dedicated my life to putting people over power. I served the people through civic engagement for decades, including:
10 years as President of the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council
President of the Mount Baker Community Club, 5 years
President of the Cleveland High School PTSA, 2 years
Vice-Chair of the City Neighborhood Council
Member of the Federation of Community Councils.
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 PTSA-run 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.