David Ishii is a retired postal worker who makes his living as an artist and street performer. In his first run for office, he is challenging Mike O'Brien in Seattle City Council Position 8.
Ishii had originally declared his intention to run for mayor, but then switched to the council race because the mayor's race was "too crowded," he said.
Ishii believes that the city could solve its fiscal problems by developing its own google-like search engine. "That would be worth gadzillions of dollars," he said. Fighting corruption at City Hall would be his main focus in office.
Ishii said he would not take a salary if elected to office, but instead would donate it to "The First Tee," a program which teaches golf to city kids.
Mike O'Brien is running for re-election to Position 8 of the Seattle City Council. He is currently serving his first term.
Prior to joining the council, O'Brien served as CFO of the downtown law firm Stokes Lawrence. He has a degree in economics from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
O'Brien is a close friend of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who also took office in 2009. The two men joined forces to oppose the building of the deep-bore tunnel through the city's downtown, a battle which they lost. O'Brien championed a ban on plastic bags in the city, an opt-out registry for telephone books, and is now pushing for campaign finance reform. He is widely regarded as one of the more progressive members of the City Council.
Albert Shen is one of two people challenging first-term incumbent Mike O'Brien for Seattle City Council Position 8. The other candidate is artist David Ishii.
Shen is the owner of Shen Consulting Inc., a transportation and environmental consulting firm. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in environmental science.
Shen says he wants to bring a small business person's perspective to the council. He has been endorsed by CASE, the downtown business association. A large number of supporters to his campaign are Asian Americans, and he's the only candidate in the race who has a Chinese language page on his website.
It was the legislative equivalent of a buzzer beater. Just as the Washington legislature was about to adjourn last month, the House and Senate quickly passed a series of tax breaks mostly for businesses. They included exemptions for dance clubs, mint growers, dairy products and this one: digital data used by international investment firms.
That last one will largely benefit a single global firm – Seattle-based Russell Investments. This tax break passed despite efforts to close these kinds of loopholes.
When Mike McGinn ran for mayor in 2009, he campaigned on the promise of high-speed internet for all of Seattle. But once elected, he struggled to implement anything close to that. Four years later McGinn still presides over a city of internet haves and have-nots.
The city’s first cycle tracks have been installed in North Seattle. They’re designated bike lanes, separated from car traffic by a parking strip and located on Linden Avenue, a quiet side street just off Aurora Avenue North.