Wesley Homes Candidate’s Forum – Des Moines City Council Position 1 Statements

Martinelli is second to the right. (Photo: Wesley Homes)

On October 12th a candidate forum was hosted at Wesley Homes. Below is audio of the opening statement, question-answering period and closing statements for Des Moines City Council, Position 1 candidates.

Speaking first is incumbent Matt Pina, followed by Anthony Martinelli.

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

– King County Young Democrats

– Equal Rights Washington

– Service Employees International Union Local 6

– Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights

– Aerospace Machinists Union

– 34th District Democrats

– 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

Fire Fighters Local 27, 864, 1257, 1461, 1604, 1747, 2595 and 2829

Seattle Education Association

Seattle Police Officers Guild

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

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General Election Voter Pamphlet Statement for Anthony Martinelli

Below is the statement that will appear in King County’s 2017 general election voters’ pamphlet for Anthony Martinelli, candidate for Des Moines City Council, Position 1. The voters’ pamphlet is being mailed to households on October 17.

Des Moines is a great city that I’ve been a proud resident of since I was 11. That being said, I believe strongly that with a fresh set of ideas and a forward-thinking approach, we can become even greater. This is why I’m running for city council; to help revitalize and improve our city.

As a father, I consider myself lucky to live in Des Moines, and to be able to raise my kids in such a wonderful community. However, we can do more to improve the lives of residents, making it both a safer and more enjoyable place to live: This includes increasing police funding and accountability, establishing a community center, expanding Parks, Recreations and Senior Services, enhancing the business climate, making Marina parking free for those who live in Des Moines, and raising the minimum wage.

I’m endorsed by the King County Labor Council, King County Democrats, and many others.

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 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.

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