Seattle suburb sees new Korean American city council candidate

June 15, 2015
SeaTac City Council candidate Peter Kwon

SeaTac City Council candidate Peter Kwon, peterkwon.com photo

By The Korea Times Seattle staff

Peter Kwon, 45, a Rhapsody systems engineer, has thrown in his name for the City Council of SeaTac, Washington.

Kwon, whose Korean name is Kwon Seung-hyun, completed his registration for council position No. 3 last month and has officially begun campaigning.

He will face off against incumbent Terry Anderson — a councilmember since the city’s 1990 foundation — and Sally Andrews in the August 4 primary election.

Kwon immigrated to New York with his parents from South Korea when he was 3 years old. After majoring in computer science at the University of Washington, he went on to work as an engineer at Microsoft, Boeing, UW and Nordstrom.

Kwon said his interest in politics began four years ago after he purchased a home in SeaTac. Rising crime and taxes around the area spurred Kwon and a group of neighbors to form a club for progress in McMicken. Later, neighbors urged him to run for city council.

He said he has no interest in party politics and that, as a non-partisan candidate, he only hopes to contribute to the well-being of the neighborhood.

SeaTac, which was incorporated in 1990, is a suburb of Seattle and had a population of about 26,900 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.

2 Comments

  1. chuck darielli

    June 16, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    peter is a fantastic guy who truly cares about our community he’s make a great friend will bend over backwards to help anyone he can would make a great city counsel member honestly cares about makeing a difference in the city not just trying to climb the ladder I encourage everyone to just talk to him I know you will give him your vote

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