Incumbent Mayor Matt Pina Wins Reelection to Des Moines City Council

The following is a statement released by Des Moines City Council candidate Anthony Martinelli following the release of tonight’s general election results:

I want to give a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported and voted for my campaign this election. We didn’t win, having received less votes than incumbent Mayor Matt Pina, but I’m humbled by the support our campaign was able to garner (especially having spent just $3,500 to Mayor Pina’s over $10,000). I take pride in the fact that our campaign put forth a lot of positive ideas that we believe will continue to be a part of the political and legislative conversation in Des Moines; ideas we will continue to fight for.

In addition, I want to say congratulations to Mayor Pina on a successful reelection campaign. The people have spoken, and they clearly want him to remain a leader in our beautiful city. Having done an admirable job thus far, I know he will continue to do so. However, I urge him to give consideration to some of the ideas I found our citizens to be in strong support of: Ideas like requiring a 60-day notice for rent increases, establishing a municipal broadband system, raising the minimum wage and making Marina parking free for residents.

Though I was unsuccessful in this election, I will continue to push for progressive, forward-thinking policies, and will continue to remain active in the community. I will also strongly consider running for city council again in 2019, if it’s determined that the public has an appetite for such a campaign (this will be gauged through continuous communication with residents).

To all those who supported our campaign, or were simply willing to listen to some of what we had to say; thank you! I’m as proud as I’ve ever been to call myself a citizen of Des Moines.

Anthony Martinelli Receives Wide-Range of Endorsements in Bid for Des Moines City Council

The campaign to elect Anthony Martinelli to Des Moines City Council, Position 1 has garnered a wide-range of endorsements, including from labor groups, community leaders and current and former lawmakers both locally and statewide.

Below is a list of some of these endorsements:

– King County Democrats

– Equal Rights Washington

– Aerospace Machinists Union

– American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

– Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights

– NARAL Washington

– 34th District Democrats

– King County Young Democrats

– Washington Berniecrats 

– Service Employees International Union Local 6

– IBEW Local 77

– Washington Bikes

– Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, founding editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter and The American Psychiatric Association Annual Review

– Susan White, Fmr. Des Moines City Councilmember

– Zack Hudgins, State Representative (Chair of the State Government Committee)

– Jim Moeller, Fmr. State Representative (Speaker Pro Tempore) and chemical dependency counselor for Kaiser Permanente

– Elizabeth Albertson, Fmr. Kent City Councilmember

– Stacia Jenkins, Fmr. Normandy Park City Councilmember

– King County Labor Council, representing over 100,000 workers and over 150 organizations including:

Washington Alliance for Retired Americans

Washington State Nurses Association

Seattle Education Association

Seattle Police Officers Guild

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Sailors Union of the Pacific

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Anthony Martinelli Advances to General Election in Bid for Des Moines City Council, Position 1

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 along with Councilmember Pina.

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Policy Positions

If elected to the Des Moines City Council, Anthony Martinelli plans to support a wide range of forward-thinking policies. Below is a list of some of these policies, in no particular order of importance:

      • Increase police funding
      • Make Marina parking free for Des Moines residents
      • Make city government more transparent
      • 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
      • Raise the minimum wage
      • Increase city revenue through various means, including implementing a 5% city-wide tax on marijuana sales, which would result in roughly $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 many others. A full list of endorsements garnered by Anthony Martinelli can be found by clicking here.

Campaign to Elect Anthony Martinelli to Des Moines City Council Endorsed by King County Democrats

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.

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Professor Emeritus at Harvard Medical School Endorses Martinelli for Council

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.

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King County Young Democrats Endorse Anthony Martinelli for Des Moines City Council

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.

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King County Labor Council Endorses Anthony Martinelli for Des Moines City Council

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.”

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Anthony Martinelli Files for Des Moines City Council

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 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 the nonprofit political committee Sensible Washington.

Martinelli is a father of two, and has a record of success working for numerous causes including same-sex marriage, fair workers’ rights and environmentalism. He has served as a unanimously elected Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) since 2012.

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