City of Des Moines, Council Position No. 7 Candidates
Yoshiko Grace Matsui
Education: Bachelor's in American Cultural Studies & Master's in Education, Western Washington University
Occupation: HR Professional and KC Water District #54 Commissioner, Board President
Des Moines deserves leaders who are responsive, effective problem-solvers dedicated to the economic and cultural advancement of our community.
I am that leader. If elected, my immediate priority will be increasing civil engagement to add voices in shaping our city’s future. I will also focus on identifying funding for urgent investments in infrastructure including roads and sidewalks.
As a Water District #54 Commissioner since 2015, I recently partnered with the City of Des Moines to replace a water main and repave a stretch of 8th Ave. I have 8-years’ experience in the City of Seattle’s human resources department, recruiting and supporting entry and promotional testing for the police and fire departments. I understand how to work effectively within municipalities to make things happen. I have been a Des Moines resident for 15 years. I have the experience to make a difference in city government, and I ask for your vote.
Education: Bachelor in Political Science, University of Washington
Occupation: Preschool Special Education Teacher, Bellevue School District
As a lifelong resident of Des Moines, I understand the things we all want for our unique and beautiful waterfront community. My work as a teacher and community advocate has prepared me for public service.
I’ve dedicated my career to helping students in South King County receive the resources and tools they need to be successful students. In my spare time, I give back to our community by volunteering with ESL students who live in South King county. I will provide complete transparency and accountability in all aspects of our city government and will be accountable to you, the voters. I want to prioritize creating job and career opportunities for our students and young adults so they can thrive in our economy.
I am endorsed by Congressman Adam Smith, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, State Representative Jesse Johnson, Des Moines City Council Anthony Martinelli, and Tukwila Councilmember Cynthia Delostrinos.
Education: WSU, University of Maryland AA
Occupation: Buyer, Nordstrom
Des Moines is on the move and leadership is essential. It would be an honor to have your vote and serve again on city council. I have life experiences as a successful businessman, US Army Veteran, former Fire Commissioner, and active community volunteer. I am a husband, father and grandfather dedicated to family, friends, neighbors, and the residents of Des Moines. All this gives me a deep appreciation of what it means to serve.
As your current Deputy Mayor, I have a demonstrated record of broadly engaging businesses, neighborhoods, and our diverse community on matters of interest and concern. Returning to city council, I would: Create an environment of respect and inclusion; promote integrity to earn community trust and respect; communicate clearly with a sense of purpose and mission; motivate and energize others; find solutions when facing difficult issues; enhance economic opportunity; and be accountable.
Thank you for your consideration.