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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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.

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.