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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

August 4, 2015 Primary And Special Election

City, City of Bellevue 
Council Position No. 5

Sherry Grindeland

Sherry Grindeland

Education: B.A. in English, University of Washington; Advance Bellevue Leadership Training
Occupation: Retired after 25+ years as a community journalist


I've lived in Bellevue 40+ years, watching it grow from sleepy suburb into a vibrant city with a strong economic pulse, one of the nation's best school systems and sought-after zip codes.


Yet I worry we overlook the city's heart and soul - our neighborhoods, the people who live in them and the rich diversity we share.


As the daughter of an immigrant, I understand the challenges newcomers face. I want a city where everyone feels welcomed, included and invited to participate.


Public service is part of my DNA. Currently I serve as the Bellevue Parks Board chair, Eastside Heritage Center secretary, Studio East board member and belong to the Bellevue Kiwanis Club. Previously I’ve been the Bellevue Youth Link chair; Bellevue PTSA Council president, YMCA board member and more.


Through my work as a volunteer and a journalist, I have connected with residents in every corner of the city and from all walks of life. I’ve heard about needs in our community from work force housing to downtown parking spaces for small business owners – conversations and insight I value.


I'm running because our community needs a voice - someone who cares, listens, and leads.

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For more information:

P.O. BOX 7015
(425) 747-0810


Vandana Slatter

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Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, UW; Masters Public Administration, UW; Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy), UBC
Occupation: Senior Regional Medical Liaison, Amgen; 25 years, biotechnology and healthcare


As a biotech professional, I’ve learned to analyze data and find solutions to complex problems.  As a longtime community volunteer, I’ve learned to tackle issues with passion and teamwork. As a mom, I’ve learned to listen – and focus on the future.


I’m running for Bellevue City Council to combine these skills and work as an effective, collaborative and forward-looking leader. I’m excited to do my part to help our growing, dynamic and diverse residents, businesses and neighborhoods.


My top priority is preserving our quality of life and unique neighborhoods while embracing prosperity and growth that benefit us all. On the Council, I will: Invest in schools, public safety, and great neighborhood parks; Advocate for light rail, bus transit, and congestion solutions for commuters; Ensure Bellevue remains the heart of innovative enterprise in our region; Support services for our seniors and vulnerable residents. 


Community Leadership: Overlake Hospital Foundation Board, Washington State Board of Pharmacy, NARAL Foundation Board, CHILD School Board, Bellevue Community Emergency Response Team, Lake Hills Urban Farm project


Endorsed: Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, Councilmember John Stokes, State Senator Cyrus Habib, Representatives Tana Senn, Judy Clibborn, 48th Democrats, and many more. I would be honored to have your vote.

For more information:

11900 NE 1ST ST., SUITE 300
(425) 777-0579


Michelle Hilhorst

Michelle Hilhorst

Education: Bachelor of Science, East Carolina University; Master’s Certificate, Project Management, Stevens Institute of Technology
Occupation: Vice-chair, Bellevue Planning Commission; General Manager, IT Operations, AT&T


Bellevue Firefighters saved my life. Making sure Bellevue's firefighters have everything they need to save the lives of your loved ones when you call 911 will be my highest priority. That is why I am proud to be endorsed by Bellevue's Firefighters.


I was unanimously appointed to Bellevue's Planning Commission by the Mayor and City Council and I was elected Vice-Chair in 2014. On the Commission, I have addressed issues that touch everyone: neighborhood safety, transportation, utilities, environmental services, parks, housing and much more. 


My priorities are reducing gridlock on our streets; supporting high quality education; protecting the environment; helping businesses create new jobs; building more affordable housing; keeping our neighborhoods safe; and protecting single family neighbors.


I have served as President of my community club, a PTSA Officer, a school and Cub Scouts volunteer and I received the President's Volunteer Service Award. 


Bellevue Councilmember Jennifer Robertson and the entire Planning Commission are supporting me because I have listened to what Bellevue citizens care about and have learned what they expect from the people who represent them on the City Council.


I hope I can count on your vote so I can work for you!

For more information:

5806 119TH AVE SE STE A 136
(425) 243-9402