2015 WSTC Board Election Candidates

It’s 2015, so the ODD numbered West Seattle Transportation Coalition board positions are up for election: positions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. For those six positions, we have nine applicants this year. Our elections will be at our May 28, 2015 meeting.

They are:

Thomas Linde

ThomasLindeI’m a 25 yr. resident of West Seattle and a lifelong resident of the greater Seattle area.  I’m a Project Manager with a background in transportation engineering and software development.  Currently employed at CH2MHill as a Senior Project Controls Manager focusing on effective schedule and budget management of large scale civil engineering projects regionally and all over the globe.

I have a desire to participate and help guide the transportation and livability solutions in the area I’ve made my home.  I support moving people, not cars, reduced use of fossil fuels and efficient use of our tax dollars.  I strongly wish to see and indeed help create a more integrated environment between our city/regional planning entities and operational groups that have to execute and live with the outcomes the planners are creating.  This has NOT been the case for many years and WS is in a state of great change.  If we do not thoughtfully guide and indeed demand solutions that work, this area will suffer for generations to come.

I’m looking forward to helping us solve these difficult issues in the way that is both satisfactory for today but more importantly, sets us up for a bright transportation future for all our residents.

Michael Taylor-Judd

MTJMichael Taylor-Judd, Transportation Chair of the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, and active member of the 34th District Democrats, has been a local political activist since he moved to Seattle to canvass door-to-door in West Seattle for statewide healthcare reform 15 years ago. Since arriving from Southern California, he has been active in marriage equality and transportation issues and grassroots organizing the Democratic Party. He’s helped to bring a bus-service funding problem to the attention of King County Metro, in which Seattle was slated to receive only 20 percent of Metro’s monies, even though it accounts for 75 percent of bus service, fought for improvements to local bus routes, and helped North Delridge get a new traffic signal at the top of Genessee and the 26th Ave Greenway.

Chris Bast

chrisbastI’ve always been an engaged and active citizen in each of the communities in which I’ve lived and I’ve come to see that the strength of our community is a direct reflection of how we travel from Point A to Point B. Transportation and transit solutions that reflect the nature of the places we live are vital components to building strong, healthy communities with vibrant economies and a high quality of life. My wife and I chose West Seattle to raise our family (spoiler alert: we’re expecting in September!) because of the strong sense of community on the peninsula and the unique sense of community that West Seattleites share. I’m committed to ensuring that we keep this sense of ourselves by being a strong advocate for walkable neighborhoods; safe, affordable, and reliable public transportation; and equitable transportation solutions for the city and want to volunteer my time, energy, and skills toward the mission of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition.

I am currently the Business Partnerships Manager for Climate Solutions, the leading regional organization focused on accelerating practical and profitable solutions to our climate and energy challenges. At Climate Solutions, I bring program management, communications, and policy support to the organization’s corporate engagement initiatives. In addition to building relationships with the business community, I am also responsible for building and maintaining strategic partnerships with other organizations and associations working to move the clean economy forward. These are skillsets that would serve me well as a member of the WSTC Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, I worked in a variety of political and government roles for Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia including managing the Governor’s Renew Virginia initiative to support energy efficiency and promote clean energy and sustainability.

I am also a Truman National Security Project Partner and am on the Board of Directors for Northwest SEED. The Truman National Security Project unites next-generation veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart and principled solutions to the global challenges Americans now face. Northwest SEED empowers community scale clean energy to help communities achieve their sustainability and economic development goals.

I am a graduate of James Madison University in Virginia and am currently an MPA candidate at Seattle University. My wife, Caitlin, and I live in the Morgan Junction with our 3 year old puppy and soon-to-be baby daughter!

Joe Szilagyi

joeszilagyiJoe moved to Arbor Heights in West Seattle with his family in 2012, after living in Magnolia by the Ballard Locks for seven years. Originally from Connecticut, he was brought home by his West Seattle native wife in 2005. He is a two-decade veteran of various corners of the IT industry, including telecom, ISPs, web hosting, tech support, system administration, and engineering.

He is one of the founders of the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, and is one of the founders of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition. From October 2013, served as the primary webmaster and social media presence of the WSTC, as a board member, and as it’s first board chair from May 2014 to May 2015.

In his dreams West Seattle would have grade separated Light Rail to every neighborhood as well as zip line, zeppelin, or vacuum tube commuting options to downtown in the spirit of multi-modal integration. He spends his downtime with his wife and son, cursing yard work, and writing.

Victoria Nelson

victorianelsonVictoria is a third generation West Seattleite; having grown up just a mile from where she now lives with her husband and two dogs. A passionate environmentalist, she spends much of her volunteer time working on projects that will help keep neighborhoods and beaches healthy. Along with her husband, Victoria worked with other residents to bring a farmers market to West Seattle.

Having retired from the insurance industry in 2012, she is expanding her volunteer work to include a broader range of issues by working with the City Neighborhood Council – Neighborhood Planning Committee, and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition. It is her hope that when a community takes a holistic approach to high density development along with the corresponding traffic issues, a good balance can be achieved so that one does not outweigh the other. Currently, West Seattle has three major challenges to address. First, over one million vehicles move through our neighborhoods. Second, we live in a peninsula that can easily become an island due to weather and traffic incidents. Finally, West Seattle does not have its own hospital which means we must leave our peninsula to get treatment for serious health issues. Her hope is that by working together with the city, the WSTC can help provide solutions to these challenges.

Ray Krueger

raykruegerRay Krueger is a retired sales engineer from IBM Corporation; subsequently a project manager for tech programs and enterprises including the State of New Mexico, MCI and Verizon and Year2000 consulting for national clients.

Ray has been active in community mobility issues’ advocacy since 2007 within a larger context of a systems approach to urban mobility, or more broadly, accessibility. Mobility is not an end in itself; rather it is a means to an end: meeting our needs using social transactions with friends, caregivers, merchants, etc. He used proximity as his model to find a home in Seattle adjacent to activity centers and rich transit services. He uses the Internet extensively to meet other needs. These factors are the three touchstones he uses to support his personal social interactions: mobility, proximity, and tele‑commerce.

Colorado Springs, Colorado:

2009: • Appointed by Green Cities Coalition of Colorado Springs as Transportation Working Group facilitator offering monthly meetings held at City Hall with invitations to a wide audience of 400+ individuals including elected officials responsible for transportation funding governance. Attended public meetings where regional transportation issues were resolved by elected officials and their advisory committees.

2010: • Joined the Board of Trustees and served as chair for Amblicab, a 501(C)(3) non-profit offering door‑through‑door transportation outside the service area of the region’s transit authority for ADA eligible persons of any age (above 18) with disabilities.

2011: • Joined the Colorado Springs Citizens’ Transportation Board (CTAB) as its primary advocate for transit services.
• Joined the transit Passengers’ Advisory Committee representing Amblicab to advocate for transit riders’ coordinated service delivery between the transit agency and related service providers.

2012: • Served as vice-chairman for the Future of Regional Transit (FORT), a steering committee representing 20+ community groups, working with the chair (mayor of an adjacent city), transit director and staff, and AECOM consultants facilitating efforts to evaluate and offer alternatives to governance and funding for the regional transit system.
• Joined the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Citizens’ Advisory Committee as one of three representatives for CTAB and joined the effort to successfully pass a ballot measure to reauthorize the PPRTA 1% sales tax (including 0.1% for regional transit operations and limited capital improvements) for transportation projects and programs in members’ jurisdictions from 2015 – 2024.
• Led the Transportation topic section of the Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Plan.

2013: • Joined the Performance Measures task force of the Colorado DOT Transit and Rail Advisory Committee to develop metrics required by provisions of MAP-21 for federal funded projects.

Seattle, Washington:

2014: • Joined Board of West Seattle Transportation Coalition to build conversations for sustainable and productive transportation choices.

As a heavy user of the Internet for transportation topic research and news, he shares stories and data across several community blogs and Facebook pages that address an audience interested in mobility issues.

Jon Wright

jonwrightMy name is Jon Wright and I am interested in serving on the Board of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition as a “concerned citizen.”

I grew up on the East Coast, moved to Seattle in 1983, and was here until 2006. I moved around for work, living in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Portland, and rural Alaska. I moved back to Seattle at the end of 2013.  My wife and I bought a house in Seaview last year. We love the neighborhood and this is where we plan to raise our two daughters.

Our family gets around in many ways. My wife commutes downtown on the C and occasionally the water taxi. We enjoy walking to local parks and shopping. When we drive, we use our electric car. We take the ferry to Vashon for my oldest daughter’s preschool. And for weekend outings, the girls love riding Link light rail downtown.

I have worked in IT for twenty years and in aviation operations for ten. My previous careers have led to the best job of all: stay-at-home dad.

I have served on some volunteer boards: a non-commercial radio station, Rotary, and chamber of commerce. I have also been an elected library board member.

I would like to serve on the WSTC board because I think transportation is an interesting topic and I want to work toward a future where West Seattleites can get where they need to go.

I believe in data, not anecdotes. I like market-based solutions. I recognize that—as the city grows—there is not enough room for all the cars. That does not mean I am anti-car, I just feel we have to do a better job of allocating scarce resources. I go in believing that SDOT is part of the solution and not the problem. I am open-minded and I want to help improve transportation in West Seattle.

Mark Jacobs

markjacobsBSCE – University of Washington in 1984.

Professional Engineer in Washington and Oregon

Professional Traffic Operations Engineer

Work Experience:  4.5 years working for the Public (WSDOT and the City of Renton) and 25 years private traffic engineering consulting.

West Seattle Transportation:

Being able to get from point A to point B in a safe and efficient manner is paramount.  We all eat and need to get groceries!  Mail and garbage services, truck deliveries, automobile, transit walking and biking options all need to be accounted for.  All are important from a parent needing to drive to work because they need to include a drop off/pick up of a child, where transit is not a viable option, to the elderly simply out for a stroll.

As a long time West Seattle resident I am very familiar with the streets, trails/sidewalks, water taxi and transit in the area.  I personally use all modes of transportation.


I am an avid walker and bike rider and have a keen interest in trails and for opportunities to expand the system.   Creating urban trails and pathways connecting parks, business and other points of interest can be cost effective and encourage more walking and bike riding!

As an Expert Professional Traffic Engineer I have concerns with SDOT’s failure to maintain existing infrastructure but yet can continue to fund projects with little technical merit!  I see SDOT veering away from using nationally vetted standards; that the existing safe system is based on, to a system that disregards the vetted criteria that I believe will result in reduced safety to all users.  And I have concerns with SDOT costing to deliver services; they are much higher than other local Agencies.


I am endorsed by the Admiral Neighborhood Association.

Larry Wymer


My name is Larry Wymer and it is an honor to be considered for a board position on the West Seattle Transportation Coalition.

I believe I would be a great asset to the Coalition given my professional experience. I am a licensed traffic engineer (in California) and civil engineer (in Florida) working on obtaining my professional engineering license in Washington. I have over 25 years of experience as a traffic engineer/transportation planner since graduating with a civil engineering degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989. I am currently a self employed traffic engineering consultant for projects outside of Washington, a scenario which would allow me to avoid potential conflicts of interest as a Board member. Throughout my career I have been actively involved with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) serving in over a dozen positions culminating in a term as President of the Northern California Section, and campaigns for Secretary-Treasurer of the Western US ITE District, and as ITE International Director. My career has given me the opportunity to live in many metropolitan areas around the country including Dallas-Fort Worth; Southeast Florida (West Palm Beach-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami); San Francisco Bay area; Southern California (Los Angeles-Orange County-San Diego); and Sacramento, CA. I was also able to experience and witness the unique transportation, development, and political dynamics and challenges unique to each of these communities, and through my work I was able to help make those communities more livable and safer. Additionally, as my wife and I have settled into West Seattle, circumstances have resulted in us having the unique opportunity to live in and experience the varied and sometimes unique transportation challenges within three different neighborhoods: Delridge, Junction, and now Admiral.

My wife and I made a conscious decision to relocate from California to the Pacific Northwest 3 years ago, and we cherry picked West Seattle as the place to make our new home because of the lifestyle it affords. Since moving away from my hometown as a teenager, I have never before lived in a community I have loved so much I wanted to become an active part of it, until now. Over the past 3 years, I have become increasingly involved in a variety of ways, all of which I am hopeful is helping to make West Seattle an even better place to live. This involvement includes:

● Volunteering with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society/Log Cabin Museum (and almost being selected as their Executive Director)

● Volunteering at the Alki Art Fair

● Current “fun” part-time job as a Manager at the Admiral Theater

● Current Assistant Track Coach (shotput, discus throws coach) at West Seattle High School

● Current WSTC “West Seattle Circulator-Connector Committee” member (& early involvement with the Admiral Neighborhood Association).

I believe my transportation expertise, diverse experience, and enthusiasm would provide great value to the WSTC Board, and I respectfully ask for your consideration and vote.

We encourage everyone to attend our April 23 meeting as well, to meet the candidates.


Updated: April 18, 2015 — 10:02 pm
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