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.

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.

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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