Here is a roster in alphabetical order of some of the candidates that are running for the seven (7) open seats in the 2018 election with biographical background.

  1. Steve Doster has lived in San Diego since 2009 and is a homeowner in University Heights since 2014. He has worked as an engineer in power plants and aerospace projects, as a banker providing loans for commercial real estate development projects, and more recently as a commission-free Certified Financial Planner professional helping regular folks with retirement and investments. Steve can dig into numbers, analyze complex projects, understand regulations, and look at facts to determine what is in the best interest for our community. Steve is also a proponent for creating safe streets for walkers and bikers.
  2. Daniel Gebreselassie (incumbent) has been a North Park resident for the past 29 years. Board Member of the North Park Planning Committee for the last 4 years, he served as Chair of Public Facilities and Transportation Subcommittee for 2 years, in addition to being a regular participant of both the Urban Design/Project Review and Public Facilities and Transportation Subcommittees. He has worked on several projects including the North Park Community Plan Update and Bike Corridor projects.
  3. Troy Geyer is a current North Park Main Street board member and committee chair, North Park business associate, daily North Park-goer, and former North Park resident. He has a keen interest in the success and growth of the Greater North Park Area. An appointment to the NPPC would allow him to continue to make meaningful contributions to the local community. It his belief that smart, and responsible development enhances the longevity and vitality of this vibrant area. Troy’s education and work experience as an architect and real estate developer makes him a strong candidate for the committee, as he is able to fully understand the planning issues from various perspectives.
  4. Shirley Gibson has lived in North Park for 20 years and will not consider any other area of San Diego to live in.  She has seen the growth and changes over these years and would like the opportunity to contribute to this growth.  She is a native San Diegan, retired Accountant and homeowner. She serves on the Board of Directors for her Condo association as well on the Architectural Review committee.  She can work with numbers, visuals and see how an idea will improve or detract from our wonderful neighborhood.  Shirley believes we have a unique vibe in North Park and would hate to see it destroyed by unfettered growth and change.
  5. Marc Gould is a third generation San Diegan, a property owner in North Park since 2015 and has been attending NPPC meetings for several years. Coming from a background in Real Estate, Marc has a deep understanding of land use policy, city politics, and our affordable housing needs. He loves North Park and is excited to serve his community.
  6. David LaRue hails from the soul filled streets of Detroit, MI. David became North Park’s adopted son in January of 2009. In that time, not only has he worked for one company in the heart of North Park on 30th St.just south of University, but he also opened two small businesses that are based in North Park with the hopes of serving his neighborhood. His love of community is rivaled only by his love of his amazing fiancé, their three cats, and philanthropy. He hopes to bring about a positive change to the neighborhood through work that involves himself and his neighbors reaching for the common goal of being a beacon of light that other neighborhoods would look at and strive to be. His mantra is simply, “Friends Take Care of Friends.” Vote Dude! But, more importantly: Vote, Dude!
  7. Sarah McAlear (incumbent) is a North Park homeowner and business owner hailing from Colorado. She fell in love with North Park’s tight-knit community, vibrant business district, and proximity to open spaces. She and her fiancé are owners of Bluefoot Bar, and began attending Committee meetings as part of an effort to improve quality of life issues for neighbors near the bar. Sarah believes it’s important for businesses with significant impacts in the community to be good stewards. She has been an NPPC board member since 2013, serving a portion of that time as Secretary and Vice Chair. Sarah holds a BSBA in International Business and a BA in Digital Media Studies. She works as an analyst and project manager at the Salk Institute, and is also the office manager of her family-owned roofing business.
  8. Catherine McCullough has been a resident of the Morley Field area of North Park for 20 years. A graduate of the marketing program at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in L.A., she joined husband, David at McCullough Landscape Architecture in 2001. While owning and running a small business in the building industry, Catherine has learned a great deal about land use policy, real estate development and planning, in addition to her experience working in shopping center/retail/property management. This background, coupled with her eye for design, will make her an excellent candidate for the NPPC. Catherine is Chapter President of the San Diego FIDM Alumni Association, is neighborhood coordinator for the Morley Field area, chairs the newly-formed Morley Field Historic Streetlight District, and volunteers at her children’s school.
  9. Chelsi Sparti has called North Park home since 2015, and San Diego for the past decade. She is trained as a biologist, and brings private sector planning experience from the telecommunications industry. She conducted due diligence for building and zoning permits on development projects. In 2014, she was a Fulbright scholar with the U.S. Department of State in Malaysia. Living abroad for one year in a country that lacks quality codes and standards accelerated her appreciation of land use. Chelsi is currently the Associate Director of the Samuel Lawrence Foundation which advocates for regional energy issues, funds community art, and supports science literacy efforts. Her family adores North Park’s walkability and incredible small businesses.
  10. Melissa Stayner (incumbent) is a North Park homeowner. She is an Associate at LGC Valley Geotechnical consulting, and a State licensed Professional Geologist. In 2016, she was recognized by SD Metro Magazine as one of San Diego’s Top 40 Under 40 for a combination of her professional accomplishments and volunteerism. She has served on the NPPC board since 2016, and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Urban Design/Project Review Subcommittee.
  11. Randy Wilde is a resident of the University Heights neighborhood within greater North Park and has been attending NPPC meetings for several years. Currently working on his Master of Public Policy at UC San Diego, with research focusing primarily on urban land use, economic, and environmental issues, Randy previously worked at the Center for Sustainable Energy, where he managed statewide transportation programs and coordinated with businesses and local agencies to accelerate alternative fuel infrastructure and market development. Randy loves North Park for its diverse mix of historic single-family homes, unique local businesses, transit access, and walkability.

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