The Metropolitan Democratic Club (MDC) announced on Friday, March 1, the appointment of MDC Vice President Kiku Hayashi as interim president to replace Justin Simmons, who has stepped down due to personal reasons.
“I would like to thank Justin for his community outreach and years of dedicated service to the organization,” Hayashi said. “I am a professional community volunteer after a human resources career as a Boeing ‘lifer.’ ”
Hayashi was born in Rohwer, Ark., in one of the many concentration camps where Japanese Americans from the West Coast were sent.
Hayashi sits on the boards of the Japanese American Citizens League – Seattle chapter, the Food Bank at St. Mary’s, and Neighborhood House. She is a precinct committee officer with the 37th District Democrats and a past second vice chair of that organization. Hayashi is also the past president of the Squire Park Community Council in the Central District of Seattle and a member of the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Women of Color Committee.
The Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle was established in 1956 to promote new ideas and growth for the Democratic Party and to provide a more progressive alternative to the mainstream party apparatus. (end)