Alan “Al” Sugiyama has had the same job for 30 years. As executive director of the Center for Career Alternatives (CCA)
Seattle School Board member Betty Patu may be the only newly elected Asian American in the Greater Seattle area. But the opportunity for Asian Americans to rise in the political scene may be promising this year. Although Wilson Chin has lost his seat to Patu, don’t rule him out yet. Chin still has a great future in politics and is making a difference.
In a year of recession gloom, business closures, and newspapers dying in droves — why are we, a small paper, still here? Why didn’t we fear that Northwest Asian Weekly would be next? Why didn’t we blame the competition that caused us so much grief, such as Craigslist and other Internet advertising? Why do we feel lucky, energized, and strengthened by the economic turmoil?
Betty Patu, 61, is the newly elected Seattle School Board director of District 7, one made up of mostly students of color. She officially began her new job on Dec. 2 and really looks forward to working with all of the city’s teachers, principals, parents, as well as the overall community.
With 29.28 percent of the votes counted as on press time on Wednesday, Nov. 4, Wilson Chin has fallen far behind Betty Patu in the race for a spot on the Seattle school board.
As a sign of the friendly nature of this race, lunch started with a game of rock-paper-scissors to decide which candidate would respond to questions first.
Even though two years have passed, I am still asked what it was like to run. I usually say, “It was a great experience. I may not have gotten the votes I needed, but I earned my Ph.D. trying!” A Ph.D. from the school of hard knocks, that is. Were it not for the lack of votes, I would have graduated magna cum laude.
Bar hopping is not my kind of social venture. But I did it on election night from Twist to Spitfire to Kells Irish Pub in downtown Seattle. It’s adventurous, isn’t it? It’s part of my career even though I am not a drinker. I began this tradition when Gary Locke ran as King County Executive […]
Boosting diversity in public schools is what Betty Patu and Wilson Chin, candidates for the 7th district director position on the Seattle School Board, are advocating in the King County primary on Aug. 18.
By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly After a long and accomplished record of public service as a city councilmember and working with the Seattle School District, Cheryl Chow announced Wednesday, May 27, ahead of next week’s filing period for elective office, that she will not run for a second term on the school board.