Longtime Des Moines resident Anthony Martinelli has advanced through the primary and into the general election in his bid to replace incumbent Matt Pina for Des Moines City Council, Position 1.
According to King County Elections, Martinelli received more votes than Pastor Curtis Harmon in the August 1st primary, allowing him to move to the general election where he will face off head-to-head with Councilmember Matt Pina.
If elected to the Des Moines City Council, Anthony Martinelli plans to support a wide range of progressive, forward-thinking policies. Below is a list of some of these policies, in no particular order of importance:
- Make Marina parking free for Des Moines residents
- Raise the minimum wage
- Increase police funding
- Establish a centralized community center
- Require tenants be given at least a 60-day notice if their rent is going to be increased
- Lower the cost of utility taxes
- Increase city revenue through various means, including implementing a 5% city-wide cannabis tax ($0.50 per $10 gram), which would result in nearly $500,000 in increased revenue each year based on current sales data (and this is with just one outlet currently open in the city)
- Establish a citywide broadband system which could offer residents a cheaper and faster option for high-speed internet
- Increase funding for Parks, Recreation and Senior Services
Martinelli, a father of two and a former Campaign Manager for King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, has been endorsed by the King County Labor Council which represents over 150 organizations and over 100,000 workers, as well as the King County Democrats, among others. A full list of endorsements garnered by the campaign to Elect Martinelli can be found by clicking here.
The campaign to elect Anthony Martinelli to Des Moines City Council, Position 1, has been endorsed by the King County Democrats.
The King County Democrats have a long history of success working to elect progressive, forward thinking candidates to various levels of political office. With their endorsement, the King County Democrats join the King County Young Democrats and the King County Labor Council in their support of Anthony Martinelli for Des Moines City Council. Martinelli also recenty received the endorsement of Fmr. Normandy Park Councilmember Stacia Jenkins, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 6.
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has endorsed Anthony Martinelli for Des Moines City Council, Position 1.
Dr. Grinspoon, founding editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter and the American Psychiatric Association Annual Review, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Grinspoon spent 40 years as a senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston.
The King County Young Democrats have officially endorsed the campaign to elect Anthony Martinelli to Des Moines City Council, Position 1. The King County Young Democrats is the only Democratic group in King County that allows the consideration of every candidate running regardless of party affiliation.
The Elect Martinelli campaign also announced that they’ve been endorsed by Fmr. State Representative Jim Moeller, and Fmr. Kent Councilmember Elizabeth Albertson. Moeller, a chemical dependency counselor for Kaiser Permanente, served as a representative from 2003 to 2017; he was Speaker Pro Tempore during the 2013-2014 session. Albertson, a Kent Councilmember from 2006 to 2013, is a current mayoral candidate.
The Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council has endorsed Anthony Martinelli in his bid to replace incumbent Matt Pina on the Des Moines City Council. The Labor Council represents over 150 organizations and over 100,000 workers.
“For decades the King County Labor Council has succeeded in improving the lives of workers and being a voice for their struggles, and I’m honored to have their endorsement”, says Martinelli. “If elected I will work strenuously to support workers rights, and to ensure that workers are treated fairly and with respect.”
Long time Des Moines resident Anthony Martinelli filed this week for Des Moines City Council position one (1) in a bid to defeat incumbent Councilmember Matt Pina.
Martinelli, 27, is a former campaign manager for Democratic King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and a graduate of Mt. Rainier Highschool. He studied journalism and environmental science at The Evergreen State College before becoming Communications Director for Sensible Washington, an organization dedicated to reformation of the State’s drug laws.
Martinelli is a father of two, and has a record of success working for progressive causes such as same-sex marriage, animal welfare and environmentalism. He has served as an elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officer since 2012.