International Special Review District Board Announces Annual Election Results

– The annual election for the International Special Review District Board was held on Tuesday, November 18. Two positions were up for election this year and the results are as follows:

  • Stephanie Carrillo won Position #3 for a District business person, property owner or employee.
  • Marie Wong won Position #5 for an at-large seat.

Ms. Wong and Ms. Carrillo will begin their first elected terms starting in December. Ms. Wong is currently serving as a Mayoral appointee, filling a vacancy in position #3.

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 composed 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.

The current board members are Candace Chin, Ben Grace, Carol Leong, Miye Moriguchi, Martha Rogers, Joann Ware and Marie Wong. Ms. Chin is an outgoing member.

The International Special Review District is coordinated by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program which is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city.

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.

Mayor Murray seeks Candidates for International Special Review District Board

Mayor Ed Murray invites the public to apply for an open position on the International Special Review District Board, the official board that reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements within the International Special Review District located in the Chinatown/International District. An elected position – Position #3 – Business Person, Property Owner, or Employee – has become vacant and, in accordance with the Board’s Rules and Procedures, is filled through a Mayoral appointment.

Individuals who live in the District, serve as a member of a community organization within the District, or demonstrate active interest in the community and in historic preservation are eligible and encouraged to apply. Candidates for the vacant seat are not required to be a business person, property owner, or employee. The appointee will complete the remainder of the elected term which ends November 30, 2014.

The goals of the seven-member board are to maintain architectural character, cultural heritage, social diversity, and through the use of historic preservation, enhance the economic climate in the International Special Review District. Board meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee as the Board deems appropriate.

The ISRD Board is made up of five elected members and two members who are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Seattle City Council. The five elected members consist of: two members who own property in the Chinatown/International District, or who own or are employed by businesses located in the Chinatown/ International District; two members who are either residents (including tenants) or persons with a recognized and demonstrated interest in the welfare of the Chinatown/International District community; and one member-at-large.

Applicants must reside within the city of Seattle and should send a letter of interest and resume by Wednesday, May 28. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Email your letter and resume to: Rebecca.Frestedt@seattle.gov

(please reference International Special Review District Board in the subject line)

To submit a paper copy, address it to: Rebecca Frestedt, International Special Review District Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

The city of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.