Anthony Martinelli files for Des Moines City Council, will run against Matt Pina


Drug policy reform activist and long time Des Moines resident Anthony Martinelli filed this week for Des Moines City Council position No. 1, in a bid to defeat incumbent and current Mayor Matt Pina.

Four seats on the council are up for grabs this year, and two current councilmembers – Dave Kaplan and Melissa Musser – have announced that they will not be seeking re-election.

Here’s the lineup so far, according to the PDC (filing deadline is May 19, 2017, at 4 p.m.; * indicates incumbent):

Position No. 1:

  • Anthony Martinelli
  • Matt Pina*

Position No. 3:

  • Victor Pennington*

Position No. 5:
(Melissa Musser*-not running for re-election)

  • Traci Buxton
  • Patricio Mendoza
  • Harry S. Steinmetz

Position No. 7:
(Dave Kaplan*-not running for re-election)

  • Chad Harper
  • Matthew Mahoney

Martinelli, 27 (pictured, right) is a former campaign manager for Democratic King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and a graduate of Mt. Rainier High School. 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, ages four and one, 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.

In the coming weeks, Martinelli says he will be releasing a bold set of policy initiatives for the City, including proposals on minimum wage, increased police protection, creative sources of new revenue, and ensuring the Des Moines Marina remains free to all residents.

“As a member of the Des Moines City Council, my top priority will be ensuring that City government works for everyday people and not just developers and big interest lobbyists,” Martinelli said in a statement. “I will be spending the coming months knocking on thousands of doors in every neighborhood to ask my neighbors what they really want their councilors to focus on.”

For additional information contact Anthony Martinelli at 206-799-8696.


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9 Responses to “Anthony Martinelli files for Des Moines City Council, will run against Matt Pina”
  1. Katherine says:

    Congratulations to Anthony Martinelli for announcing his run for city council Des Moines. To run against an incumbent speaks volumes about you and shows that you’re willing to work hard to get the vote out and you’re not afraid of a challenge!

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  2. Martha says:

    excellent!! it’s past time soneone challenges Pina and Anthony seems like a great candidate

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  3. stephanie says:

    I am looking forward to hearing more about the creative sources of new revenue and also the very important issue of increased police protection from Anthony Martinelli. Fresh ideas and forward thinking is needed on the Des Moines City Council. I wish you the best Anthony Martinelli, you definitely have my support!

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  4. CU says:

    Sounds like a great candidate!

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  5. BirchCreek says:

    Whoa there, not so fast…
    To quote the above article: “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.”
    His track record speaks more than standard campaign rhetoric: “he will be releasing a bold set of policy initiatives for the City, including proposals on minimum wage, increased police protection, creative sources of new revenue, and ensuring the Des Moines Marina remains free to all residents.”
    I work in a local ER and prefer not to see Des Moines become the drug infected cesspool Burien has become. “Drugs” are so destructive and in the ER we see, multiple times a day, the toxic effects of drugs.
    Unless he comes out AGAINST drugs, he will not have our vote!

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    • peter says:

      birchcreek

      sensible washington supports an end to the drug war, which almost everyone does at this point. if you dont youre in the minority.

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      • BirchCreek says:

        Peter, legal or not, drugs destroy lives. The people I deal with are not productive members of society because of the drugs disastrous affects on their brains and bodies, not becuase the drugs are illegal. Making drugs legal does not make them good for you or without massive negative impact on individuals and society. So the “legal” drug status argument is mute. Go to any local ER in our area on any given day and you will get an eyeful reality check for the narrow minded opinion that making them legal will make it all better. And, didn’t your mother tell you, that just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it wise. Please don’t be a lemming.

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        • peter says:

          putting drug users in jail has failed and is a stupid policy. the status quo is broken. the drug problems you speak of are perpetuated by the drug war. didn’t your mother tell you to have compassion for people?

          also no one said anything about drugs being legal. i’ve following sensible washington for a while and they support reducing the harms of the drug war not making all drugs legal. the bill theyve supproted for two years would make drug possession a misdemeanor rather than a felony, not make it legal.

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  6. Ashley T. says:

    as a longtime supporter of Dave Upthegrove it’s a big deal to me that Anthony use to work for him. as long as he has similar opinions as Dave, he has my vote!

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