ICDA advocates for policiesprocesses, and projects, that advance equity for our communities and help secure a future for the Chinatown International District that retains its cultural character, neighborhood fabric, and most of all, its people.   

InterIm CDA, in collaboration with Friends of Little Sài Gòn, is engaging Chinatown International District community members to learn directly from residents and businesses at risk of displacement. Read more here: Preserving Our Community: The CID People’s Anti-Displacement Project

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With Seattle’s rapid growth and booming economy, the CID is facing an unprecedented onslaught of large-scale speculative developments that together, threaten to push out low income residents and small community serving businesses who are the heart and soul of the neighborhood.  ICDA evaluates proposed new developments through the lens of equitable development –development that ensures everyone participates in and benefits from the neighborhood’s growth, especially low income residents, immigrants and refugees, communities of color, and other marginalized groups at risk of being left behind or displaced.    

ICDA fights against gentrification and displacement and for equitable development through community organizing and advocacy that is grounded in these core values: 

Centering the Voices of Those Most Impacted

We seek to amplify the voices of vulnerable community members, especially those most impacted by racial and social injustices and who are often left out of the processes that affect their lives.  We believe that those who are most impacted know what they need and can point the way towards solutions that address root causes of problems.  We recognize the biases and disparity baked into our policy making systems and actively seek to counter them.  

Accountability to the Communities We Serve

We seek to build relationships of mutual respect and trust, transparency, and open communication, as a foundation for ongoing community organizing and collaboration. 

Organizing Across Cultures

We take inspiration from Bob Santos and the Gang of Four (link to info about Gang of Four), who exemplify organizing across cultures and communities in recognition that, we are stronger together.  We organize with diverse residents of the CID and beyond, and we seek collaboration with allies across communities who share our challenges and goals.   

Equity and Social Justice

All of our work grows from a sense of justice and our mission to address disparities, which for our policy and advocacy work, is all about community selfdetermination and people having a voice.

Elected Officials Representing Chinatown/ID

Elected officials represent the Chinatown/International District at varying levels of government, from the halls of the United States Congress to our local City Council chambers. In a healthy democracy, it’s important that our elected officials hear from the residents, businesses, and community-based organizations that make a neighborhood vibrant and strong. InterIm CDA is only one voice in that dialogue, but in our role as a community development agency, we believe we have an important role to play in facilitating communication with other neighborhood groups and interests and our elected officials and staff.

The following is a list of the elected officials who represent the Chinatown/International District. If there’s an issue affecting the Chinatown?International District neighborhood or broader API community you think InterIm CDA ought to get involved with, please call us at 206.624.1802 or email us at info@interimicda.org.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray

Phone: (202) 224-2621
Seattle Office: (206) 553-5545
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186
Visit the Senator’s website

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell

Phone: (202) 224-3441
Seattle Office: (206) 220-6400
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186
Visit the Senator’s website

U.S Congressman Adam Smith

Toll free: 1-(888)-SMITH09
Phone: (425) 793-5180
Visit the U.S Congressman’s website

Governor Jay Inslee

Phone: (360) 902-4111
Visit the Governor’s website

State Senator Adam Kline

Phone: (360) 786-7688
Toll free: (800) 562-6000
Visit the Senator’s website

State Representative Eric Pettigrew

Phone: (360) 786-7944
Toll free: (800) 562-6000
Visit the Representative’s website

State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos

Phone: (360) 786-7944
Seattle Office: (206) 587-5549
Visit the State Representative’s website

King County Executive Dow Constantine

Phone: (206) 296-4040
Visit the King County Executive’s website

King County Council Member
Joe McDermott

Phone: (206) 477-1008
Toll Free: 1 (800) 325-6165
Visit the King County Council Member’s website

See all other King County Council Members

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan

Phone: (206) 684-4000

View the Mayor's Website

Lisa Herbold- District 1

Bruce Harell- District 2

Kshama Sawant- District 3

Rob Johnson- District 4

Debora Juarez- District 5

Mike O’Brien– District 6

Sally Bagshaw-District 7

Teresa Mosqueda- Position 8

Lorena Gonzalez- Position 9

Visit the City Councils’ websites

Additional Resources

WA State Legislatative District and Congressional District Representatives finder:

King County Council District Representatives finder:

Elected officials of WA:

August 2nd Primary Ballot for Seattle:

Video for voter’s guide for Primary Election: