International Special Review District Board Announces Candidates for Annual Election

The 2014 International Special Review District (ISRD) Board election will be held Tuesday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bush Asia Hotel, 409 Maynard Avenue South, in the basement level conference room.

Two board positions are up for election:

  • Position #3 for a Business Owner, Property Owner or Employee
  • Position #5 for At-Large

Nominations closed Tuesday, October 21. Two candidates were nominated, and candidate information is provided below for each position. Brief candidate biographies will be available at the polling place on the day of the election.

One candidate is seeking Position #3 for a Business Owner, Property Owner or Employee

Stephanie Carrillo is the manager of a residential property within the Chinatown International District. She is also on the board of the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) and is a member of the neighborhood’s Only in Seattle Marketing Committee. She has worked in the neighborhood for four years and volunteered her time on many different boards and committees.

One candidate is seeking Position #5 for an At-Large member

Marie Wongis an Associate Professor at Seattle University where she teaches courses in Urban Planning, Housing and Sustainability and Asian American History and Community Development. She’s served on boards and committees in the Chinatown International District since 1989, including exhibit committees with the Wing Luke Museum and five years of service on the board of InterIm Community Development Association.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kong Yick Investment Company. In September of this year, Ms. Wong was appointed by Mayor Murray to fill a vacant seat (position #3) on the ISRD Board. That term expires in November.   

The special character of the Chinatown International District is recognized and protected by City Ordinance. In 1973, the International Special Review District Board was created to preserve, protect, and enhance the cultural, economic, and historical qualities of the District. The Board is made up of seven members – five elected by the Chinatown International District community and two appointed by the Mayor.  Board members’ terms are for two years and members may serve up to two consecutive terms. To learn more about the election and the International Special Review District please visit http://seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/id.htm/.

The current board members are Candace Chin, Ben Grace (Vice Chair), Carol Leong, Miye Moriguchi, Martha Rogers (Chair), Joann Ware, and Marie Wong. The terms for Mss. Chin and Wong end in November 2014.