Kandy Schendel looks to collaborate constructively on City Council
October 7, 2009
By Tim Pfarr
Kandy Schendel has a background of bringing people together. She said she doesn’t want to see the city move backward and that she wants to see residents live, work and play, all in Newcastle.
Schendel moved in 1992 to what would become Newcastle, and she began volunteering in the community within a year. Since, she has served as president of the Hazelwood PTA as well as the Renton PTA Council, which oversees all 20 PTAs in the Renton School District. She also worked with the PTA at the state level, chairing the Applegate State Grant Committee for two years.
Schendel also co-chaired the Newcastle Days Committee in 2001 and 2002, and she is now chairwoman of the Newcastle Planning Commission.
Schendel attended Bismark State College, but married at 19 and did not complete her degree. After moving to Washington, she worked with the public relations firm Waggener Edstrom — where Microsoft was a client — as well as with Vulcan Real Estate, which handles real estate duties for Vulcan Inc., a Paul Allen company.
Schendel was the third person to join Vulcan Real Estate, which developed 50 acres of South Lake Union, including the Westlake/Terry building, the Rosetta Building and the South Lake Union Discovery Center.
With Vulcan, Schendel worked in an executive administrative role, where she handled a diverse array of tasks to help the company see its projects through to completion.
“There are a lot of details in between that have to be met,” she said, regarding seeing projects through to fruition.
Schendel left Vulcan in favor of developing her real estate portfolio from home and spending more time volunteering and with her family.
“My real love was doing the volunteer work that I did,” she said.
She now works as president of the real estate company Action Investors LLC, which does work in multiple states.
Schendel said her experience leading team efforts would be valuable to the City Council, as would her common-sense-leadership. She said she will do whatever possible to keep homeowner taxes down, and that one of the best ways to do this is by developing Newcastle’s downtown to bring in more revenue. She said she is in favor of the city’s floor-area-ratio requirements that often require multiple-story buildings to be constructed in the city’s downtown area.
Schendel also said she will use a “scalpel approach” rather than “the machete method” to cut costs. She said that large, sweeping cuts to the budget affect people, because people are tied to the numbers.
“We have to have sensitivity to people,” she said.
She also said she will continue the fight for a ZIP code, and that the city may be forced to take legal action, as Newcastle has now been turned down three times by the USPS. She said the city can’t just keep writing letters, hoping to get approved. She also emphasized that Newcastle getting its own ZIP code is important, because tax dollars are tied to ZIP codes.
Schendel said she is happy with either a standalone library or mixed-use building containing a library, but that a mixed-use library would be ideal, as it would be financially helpful, as well as be convenient for residents.
This is Schendel’s first time running for City Council, and she is not affiliated with any political parties.
“I don’t like politics, but I love Newcastle,” she said.
Schendel is endorsed by the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors; state Reps. Marcie Maxwell and Judy Clibborn; Newcastle Mayor Ben Varon; Newcastle Deputy Mayor Dan Hubbell; Maureen Monson, Washington state PTA program director; and multiple others. For a full list of Schendel’s endorsements, visit her Web site at www.kandyschendel.com.
- What is the last book you read? “Good to Great,” by Jim Collins
- What do you do for fun? We are a family of singers, so my two daughters and I love to perform, shop and go to movies together.
- What is your best memory from when you were 18? The movie “Grease” came out and every girl fell “in love” with John Travolta. That same year I met my husband … his name is John!
- How would your best friends describe you? Tell Kandy “it’s impossible” and she will always find a way.