UPDATE: We now have a treasurer and third at-large candidate. While no races are contested as of yet, we do have a a full slate of officer candidates.
The candidate statements of everyone who has declared for the 2010 Capitol Hill Community Council Election thus far are below in order of officer position and submittal.Â We’ll update this post as more statements get sent in.
I’m interested in serving on the council because I care about preserving the diversity and character of our neighborhood. I also think that our neighborhood can and should play a greater role in City and regional politics especially in regards to transit oriented development, sustainable community development and social justice. I’m an advocate for parks, lifelong education, arts, equality and neighborhood based economic development. I’ve lived on Capitol Hill for most of the last 18 years and I LOVE this neighborhood. My partner and I currently own a unit in the Braeburn Condos at 14th and Pine but I have lived in many areas of the Hill. I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, grew up in Kitsap County and moved to Seattle when I was 17.
I have a BA from The Evergreen State College where I studied Political Economics, Social Change, and Visual Art. My professional experience includes launching AmeriCorps programs in the mid-90s, working for k-12 school reform, directing the growth of legendary beauty and art business VAIN, producing educational and documentary TV programming for PBS, Discover Kids, and The Learning Channel, and consulting to non-profits, businesses, and government agencies on strategic planning and leadership development. Over 10 years ago I helped create and launch the Get Engaged program for the City of Seattle which places young adults on the CIty’s policy boards and commission. I currently serve on the board of directors for Washington Film Works and have served on several other boards including Metrocenter YMCA, YMCA of the USA, Points of Light Foundation and Puget Sound Community School.
My goal for the next year is to continue to build and grow the role and work of the Neighborhood Council so that we can effectively advocate for our neighborhood during the building and development of the light rail station and adjacent properties. I believe that the Council should also serve as a vehicle for greater community engagement and connection to city policies and services in all areas of government with special emphasis on Parks, Transportation, Arts and Culture, Housing, and Economic Development.
When my wife and I were planning our move to Seattle last year, we knew what we wanted in a neighborhood: lively street life, affordable housing options, easily accessible public transit, a politically engaged community, a vibrant arts and music scene, and interesting and independent retail and dining options, to name a handful. It was easy, then, to decide where to live: Capitol Hill. Since moving to Capitol Hill nearly a year ago, I have found the neighborhood to meet all of my expectations. However, with the changes that come with a fluctuating economy and significant new real estate development along Broadway, many of the things that make our neighborhood so desirable are threatened. I want to be a part of the movement that seeks to protect our neighborhood character while also promoting those efforts that allow it to advance as Seattleâ€™s preeminent forward-thinking, sustainable urban neighborhood.
I hope to be elected as Vice President of the Community Council. I bring to the Community Council experience as an urban planner, having worked in the field for more than two years and having earned a masterâ€™s degree in urban planning, and experience leading community organizations. In addition to my involvement with the Community Councilâ€™s Complete Streetcar Campaign, I volunteer with the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council and have recently become active with Streets for All Seattle and Great City. As Vice President of the Capitol Hill Community Council, I would hope to provide leadership for the organization in a few key areas.
First, I would hope to sustain the momentum that the Community Council has developed in recent years through successful projects like Unpaving Paradise and the Complete Streetcar Campaign. A key way to sustain momentum is through member recruitment and building a more fixed organizational structure. A neighborhood as large and active as Capitol Hill should have more people at each general membership meeting than can fit in the Cal Anderson Shelter House, and as Vice President I would strive to make the Community Councilâ€™s membership as inclusive and representative of as much of Capitol Hill as possible. To boost attendance, general membership and committee meetings must be well publicized and consistently follow a well-established monthly schedule.
Second, I would hope to build on that momentum through my active involvement with the Policy and Planning Committee. Relating to my first point, committee meetings must occur monthly, to promote discussion on everything from upcoming design review board meetings to the impact of city policies and initiatives on our local neighborhood. The Community Council should assert its influence wherever possible to advance its position as the leading advocate for Capitol Hill. I would work actively with Community Council members to develop new, innovative projects that would actively shape our neighborhood. Some initial ideas include developing a plan that converts Melrose Avenue into a more pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented right-of-way, and working with local arts groups and property- and business-owners to activate vacant storefronts with arts displays or temporary, â€œpop-upâ€ shops.
Finally, I would make relationship-building a fundamental aspect of my work as Vice President. I admire the work that the existing leadership has done in building strong relationships with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, government agencies, and elected officials. I consider this a strength of mine as well, and in my short time in Seattle I have developed an extensive network of contacts from within government, architecture and planning firms, and community groups. I look forward to working with other members of the Council to continue developing productive relationships both internally within Capitol Hill and externally.
Being an engaged community member has always been important to me, and I am excited to have become as active as I have so far. I look forward to being a part of the Capitol Hill community for many years to come and to helping guide the neighborhood in a direction that reflects all of our best intentions for it.
I have lived on Capitol Hill since 2003. I am a renter and I also work in Capitol Hill. I am proud to be a part of such a vibrant neighborhood!
The Capitol Hill Community Council is one of the longest standing groups in the City and I am interested in serving on the Council because I want to continue to promote and strengthen the Councilâ€™s presence. I want the residents of Capitol Hill to know who the Council is and what the Council does.
In the past year, I have been impressed with how involved the Council has been on so many levels. The one that strikes me most is the joint venture of the Capitol Hill Community Council and The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerceâ€™s creation of The Capitol Hill Champion. I am excited by this because this can serve as a model in other areas for partnerships.
I am a graduate of the University of Oregon and the City Leadership Institute. In my current position as Chief Operating Officer, my experience includes operation, strategic and cost management, and I have an in-depth knowledge of affordable housing. I have worked at the City of Seattle for 4 years and I understand the importance of clear communication and messaging with City Council and the Mayorâ€™s office.
- Continue to grow the Councilâ€™s presence in the community by informing and engaging the residents of Capitol Hill
- Continue to nurture established partnerships to preserve the unique character of Capitol Hill
I look forward to the opportunity to serve my neighborhood. My goal as a part of the Council will be to support our community in not only sustaining but also fostering Capitol Hill as a cultural, artistic and vibrant neighborhood. Many organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council represent the neighborhood, and I look forward to collaborating with these stakeholders. In addition to transparency between these groups, a key focus will be to increase the awareness and involvement of all the residents and business owners on important issues impacting our community.
I am a certified public accountant who works primarily with technology & life sciences and manufacturing companies located in the Puget Sound region. My breadth of finance and accounting expertise will support the growth, organization and financial opportunities of the Council. I also have a significant experience working with a variety of businesses and organizations and will strive to obtain further support for the Council and our community.
- Review the councilâ€™s finances and work on developing a system for future growth.
- Collaborate with the neighborhood organizations and the City to ensure that the voices of our community are heard and represented.
- Assist developers and planners, as needed, in the design of new or remodeled residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects to ensure that the design supports business owners and the people who live and work on our neighborhood.
- Work to improve the safety of our neighborhood.
At-Large Candidates (3 positions open)
I have lived and worked on Capitol Hill for almost 3 years and have fallen in love with this amazing community. Capitol Hill is a neighborhood that has it all: great locally-owned retail, excellent coffeeshops, beautiful parks, historic buildings, and most of all an incredibly diverse and creative group of residents. We should all be very proud of the community we have created here.
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood looking at a major period of transition. The combination of greater density, the streetcar, and light rail coming in the next several years will have a huge impact on Broadway and the neighborhood as a whole. We have an opportunity to shape these changes to make Capitol Hill an even more walkable, livable, vibrant neighborhood in the future. This is our chance to show Seattle how to create a truly transit-oriented community that is good for the city and good for the neighborhood. My goal is to help make the most of this opportunity and make Capitol Hill a better place for everyone.
- Capitol Hill Community Council Interim Treasurer: April 2010-present
- Capitol Hill Complete Streetcar Campaign leadership
- Capitol Hill Champions TOD steering committee member
- CHCC Planning and Policy committee member
- Transportation Choices Coalition intern
- BA in History & Politics, Drake University 2004
Continue to advocate for extending the streetcar further north and making Broadway a better street for pedestrians and cyclists Continue to work with the Chamber of Commerce, City of Seattle, and Sound Transit to guide the development on the light rail station sites in a positive directionWork to make sure the neighborhood’s needs are represented in the upcoming Transit Master Plan Advocate for a Neighborhood Plan Update in 2011 and ensure a strong community outreach process for its developmentFoster lasting relationships between the Community Council, major institutions and neighborhood organizations, and the City of Seattle.
It has been an honor to be the president of the Capitol Hill Community Council. With your help, I have been able to learn a great deal and be a part of some truly great work in our neighborhood. The John and Summit Park/P-Patch project has come to fruition, the Complete Streetcar Campaign brought the Council to a new level of influence and visibility with local government, and we ran some immensely successful events like the Chill and Grill and the Mayoral Candidate Forum. I want to thank everyone for their help with the work of the Council this year and the kindness and patience they have shown to me as an apprentice community organizer.
This year, I am running for the position of At-Large Officer. While I would love to continue to lead the Community Council, I fear that there isn’t enough time in the day for both the Presidency and for grad school. However, as At-Large Rep, I will be able to be here to make the transition to the new officers as easy as possible and to ensure the continuity of the institutional memory of the Council. I am also dedicated to ensuring the continuity of the Council’s long-term projects, such as TOD Champion.
I hope that you will give me the privilege of serving our neighborhood once again as an officer of the Capitol Hill Community Council. And again, thank you.
- Organizer, POWHat Neighborhood Association â€“ 3 years
- At-Large Representative, Capitol Hill Neighborhood Plan Stewardship Council â€“ 3 years
- Open Space Committee Chair, Capitol Hill Community Council – 2 years
- President, Capitol Hill Community Council – 1 year
- CHCC representative, TOD Champion
- Ensure that the Community Council’s transition after the June elections is a smooth and fruitful one by communicating my experience as an officer of the Council to the new officers and facilitating the flow of vital information to the best of my ability.
- Work with the Chamber of Commerce and other neighborhood organizations via TOD Champion to ensure that the development above the the Capitol Hill Light Rail station will serve the neighborhoodâ€™s needs.
- Collaborate with city government, the UW Design Studio, Capitol Hill Neighborhood Plan Stewardship Council, and other neighborhood organizations in the Neighborhood Plan Update, ensuring that there is adequate neighborhood outreach and that the Update addresses residentsâ€™ needs and concerns.
- Continue to find and develop opportunities to improve neighborhood livability, like pedestrian streetscape improvements and new neighborhood green spaces.