Seven API Candidates Aim to Topple Incumbents, Stake a Claim In August Primary

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 Seven API candidates, five of whom are female, look to make waves in the August primary election by either taking down an incumbent or staking their first claim to a seat at the table.

Metropolitan King County Council

APA candidates Naomi Wilson and Shari Song are running for separate seats in the Metropolitan King County Council.

Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee will be seeking reelection in November but is not appearing in the primary. He is facing Lyndon Heywood, who is not accepting donations.

Wilson is a community activist and an administrator for Fred Hutchinson Research Center.

She is a second generation Korean-American, the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, and a working single mother of two children.

“My experiences growing up here in King County in a multicultural household with a non-native English speaking parent and raising two adopted African-American children has shown me how important it is to have public officials who advocate for everyone,” Wilson said on her campaign website. “It will be this diverse background that I draw upon to secure competent and culturally relevant services for all the residents of King County.”

Wilson said she would like to provide her public health background on the Council’s District 1 seat.
Song, a candidate for the Council’s District 9 seat, is a managing broker with Prudential NW Realty Associates in Bellevue and founded and directed the Mission Church Preschool learning and education center.

“On the council, I will work full-time to focus on attracting living wage jobs, reducing gridlock on our roads and protecting our quality of life,” Song said on her campaign website.

Song is a strong advocate for transit options and responsible growth in Southeast King County to preserve farmland and open space, according to the Progressive Voters Guide, a group of progressive organizations who have reached consensus on candidates. Song has also been a leader of the Korean America Coalition in Washington, the Korean American Professional Society, and the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS).

Song has been critical of incumbent Councilmember Reagan Dunn’s voting record.

Song’s endorsements include Washington Conservation Voters, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, MLK County Labor Council, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and The Stranger.

Seattle City Council

Small business owner and Seattle Community College trustee Albert Shen is running for a seat on the Seattle City Council aganist incumbent Mike O’Brien.

Shen said the issues most important to him include capitalizing on international investment and ensuring job growth and making sure Seattle develops a smart, efficient mass transit system.

His endorsements include the Seattle Fire Fighters Local 27 and 1257, ILWU 19, the 32nd and 11th District Democrats, King County Assessor Lloyd Hara, and State Reps. Cindy Ryu, Sharon Tomiko Santos, Gael Tarleton, Cyrus Habib, and Larry Seaquist, as well as the Seattle Times.

In its editorial endorsing him, the Seattle Times called Shen “a progressive of more caution.”
Shen has also served on the board of the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Affiliate, the Northwest Asian American Theatre, and the Seattle Chinatown–International District Preservation and Development Authority.

Mercer Island City Council

Though not appearing in the primary, Mercer Island resident Benson Wong will be vying for a seat on the Mercer Island City Council in November against current Councilmember Mike Grady. A lawyer in Seattle, Wong has served on Mercer Island Schools Foundation for over there years. Read more here.