Queen Anne Community Council election

The Queen Anne Community Council election is Sept. 20 7 p.m. at McClure Middle School.

The following candidates have filed for positions on the Queen Anne Community Council board. There is still one more week before elections. If you live or work on Queen Anne, please contact Mike Warren at Mikew@Drizzle.com and you can run.

Chris Grekoff

This year when my home and neighborhood were threatened by the proposed expansion of Fire Station No. 20, community activism became an imperative for me. The QACC plays an important role in advocating for our neighborhoods, and I would like to become a link between my neighborhood and the council.

George W. Counts

I am committed to fighting for responsible development on Queen Anne Hill.

For me, this means: 1) maintaining the scale of buildings; 2) preserving affordable housing; 3) supporting local businesses; and 4) minimizing the impact on congestion and traffic. I would like to work with the QACC.

Alan Panitch

I'm a condo dweller in Uptown; a WWII vet; current member QACC; part of King County Mental Health Advisory Board; member of Washington State CASA (Children's Advocate); VP for Public Safety Uptown Alliance; part of Guardian Ad Litem; and member of DOC Crime Victims Council.

Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA

As an experienced and honored architect, Seattle Planning commissioner, longtime QA resident and active QACC/LURC member, I wish to continue my sincere and experienced commitment to protecting, preserving and respecting our collective neighborhood soul; and examining and inspiring sensitive, sustainable, and appropriate changes that sensitively advance our communities values, context, and character.

Laura Kleisle

I am proud to serve on the QACC board. During my 13 years living on Queen Anne, change to the neighborhood has accelerated. While we can't avoid change, I will continue to use my presence on QACC to ensure that growth is handled intelligently and fit the goals of the community.

Steve Wacker

I would like to serve on the QACC to promote and support the concept of community, which I think is too often neglected in today's society.

As Seattle encourages development to increase density, existing communities should support local independent merchants and responsible development. Buy locally, build responsibly and build community.

Connie Buhl

I have lived on Queen Anne for 16 years and have been a member of the QA Community Council for the past year. I have been involved in various issues over the years and enjoy being active in issues which matter to our neighborhood.

John Rashby-Pollock

Communities are ever evolving. I want to join QACC so I can participate in shaping Queen Anne's evolution while continuing to embrace our community's ongoing ethos (affordable housing, local business support, traffic flow/pedestrian enjoyment and commercial and residential building scale/ratio).

I would represent the many Queen Anne residents' voices.

David Delfs

I am an active member of QACC andLURC and have positively impacted projects, helped write overlay grant, acted as PPQA liaison and filled in at NDC meetings. As a QA neighbor for 14 years, I have helped get 26 trees planted, facilitated garbage pick-up and written letters for positive change. My actions have been more effective than my complaints and I have only just begun...

Margaret Okamoto

I am the council's treasurer and a member of the transportation committee. I am vice-chair of Picture Perfect QA and a founding member of the new QA movie guild.

I'm impressed by this community's activism and would like to continue to work with you as a council member.

Don Harper

In 2000 I was first elected to the QACC. I have been on the QACC parks committee since 1998, and its chair since 2001.

In 2005, I was appointed by the city to the Pro Parks Oversight Levy committee.

I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve and learn.

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