Candidate statements: Shoreline City Council

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Shoreline City Council has three positions on the 2019 ballot.

In Council Position 2 incumbent Keith Scully is faced by challenger Vivian Collica. In Position 6, Betsy Robertson, who was appointed to the council to fill the vacancy when Jesse Salomon was elected to the state legislature, will need to run for the position she is currently filling. She faces Luis Berbesi. These races will be on the November ballot.

In Council Position 4, incumbent Doris McConnell faces two challengers: David Chen and Ginny Scantlebury. With three candidates, this race is in the primary. The top two will face off in the general election.

The candidates in the primary were asked to answer the following question:

Provide a statement of less than 150 words about why you want to be a city councilmember and what skills and strengths you bring to the council.

Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the King County elections website.


DAVID CHEN

I am running for City Council because I have a vision for Shoreline as a vibrant, diverse, and resilient city with a strong sense of identity and dynamic neighborhood centers with diverse small businesses.

As a Shorecrest graduate, attorney for a local nonprofit, and father of three living in Echo Lake, I am committed to our community. Serving as board president of Vision House, a local organization helping homeless mothers and children secure permanent housing, I know how to address substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness with case management and wraparound social services.

My priorities are improving public safety, walkability, housing affordability, community gathering spaces, parking, and access to early education. It’s time for new, working solutions that will move Shoreline forward to a better future.

Endorsements: Shoreline Mayors Will Hall, Shari Winstead, Keith McGlashan; our Democratic state legislators Senator Jesse Salomon, Representatives Lauren Davis, Cindy Ryu, and Ruth Kagi.

Website: www.electdavidchen.com/
Email: david@electdavidchen.com


DORIS McCONNELL

I have served the people of Shoreline since 1996 when I started on the PTA. I was elected to the Shoreline City Council in 2008. I have built hundreds of close professional relationships throughout King County and beyond. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and I am ready to serve the people of Shoreline for four more years.

With my business experience, I know what entrepreneurs need to succeed. As treasurer and Vice-President for numerous PTA organizations, I know how to plan a budget and enact successful new programs. As Deputy Mayor, I have put in the hours to protect our homes, parks, and public facilities.

I have the experience to ensure that Shoreline feels like the Shoreline we fell in love with as we face rapid growth. You have put your faith in me three times; I believe I have earned a fourth.

Website: www.reelectdorismcconnell.com
Email: Doris@reelectdorismcconnell.com


GINNY SCANTLEBURY

I am running for City Council to protect and preserve this wonderful city we all enjoy. I plan to do this by: helping to solve petty crime and homeless issues, improve customer service, transparency and fiscal responsibility. I especially want to strengthen local neighborhoods in order to grow our evolving city. In doing this, I will listen to what every neighborhood needs and champion community-driven development.

I believe what I have learned by serving on 5 different homeowner boards in the past 25 years has helped me with many diverse groups. I have lived in Shoreline with my family since 1981 and have volunteered during many of those years. I was Syre PTA President, Hillwood Soccer Coach, Richmond Little League softball coach and now am serving on the Shoreline-LFP Senior Center board as its Vice President. During the past 30 years I have been in sales and marketing.

Website: www.ginnyforshoreline.org/ 
Email: ginnyforshoreline@gmail.com



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