The 2011 International Special Review District Board election will be held on Nov. 15, 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.
Three board positions are up for election:
· Position #1 for a district business person, property owner, or employee
· Position #2 for a resident, tenant, or community participant
· Position #4 for a resident, tenant, or community participant
Nominations closed Oct. 18 and six persons were nominated. Brief candidate biographies will be available at the polling place on the day of the election.
Three candidates are seeking position #1
Brien Chow is a Chong Wa Benevolent Association Board member, a member of the Downtown District Council, and serves on numerous committees within the neighborhood. Chow is a lifelong Seattle resident who has been involved in the district in various capacities throughout his life, including working with the Seattle Chinatown Dragon Team. Chow was elected to the board in 2009 and is running for a second term.
Sue-May Eng is vice president and secretary of the Chong Wa Benevolent Association, an instructor for the Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, and vice president of the Chinese Parents Service Organization. She was raised in the Chinatown International District and is interested in helping to improve and preserve the neighborhood.
Joann Ware works for InterImCDA as an architectural fellow. By contributing to the ISRD Board, Ware hopes to cultivate a lively and healthy community that values its rich history.
Prior to joining InterIm, Ware worked for BLRB Architects and received a master of architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. His studies included coursework in historic preservation.
One candidate is seeking position #2
Marvin Rosete is on the board of directors for the Filipino Chamber of Commerce and works for the Robert Chinn Foundation. He has more than 14 years of experience with nonprofit and public organizations, with particular focus on Asian Pacific American communities. Rosete has worked on projects related to American ethnic history, human services, and the performance arts. Rosete was elected to the board in 2009 and is running for a second term.
Two candidates are seeking position #4
Tamblyn Alexander is a resident of the Chinatown International District. She has a background as an attorney and an interest in history and design. Alexander considers the Chinatown International District as one of Seattle’s historical gems. Alexander has a particular interest in functional design and believes her interests could contribute to discussions about the balance between history and commerce in the district.
Ching Chan has participated and volunteered in numerous neighborhood organizations and events over the past three years, including the Friends of International Children’s Park, Jam Fest, and Dragon Fest (formerly Summer Fest). She was also an adviser on the INS Building Project. Chan is interested in the ways in which historic preservation and neighborhood revitalization can work hand in hand. Chan has a master’s in urban planning with specialization in urban design. (end)
Board members’ terms are two years, and members may serve up to two consecutive terms. To learn more about the election and the International Special Review District, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/id.htm.