ELECTION RESULTS: So far it’s Pina vs Martinelli; Buxton vs Steinmetz

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Aug. 1) Primary Election have been released, and with 19.63% of the votes counted, here’s how the Des Moines City Council race is shaping up.

The top two vote-getters for each seat will move onto the Nov. 7 General Election.


  • Since there are only two candidates for Position No. 7, both Chad Harper and Matt Mahoney will automatically advance to the General Election – and that’s why they’re not listed.

Council Position No. 1:

  • Matt Pina: 1,809 • 55.66%
  • Anthony Martinelli: 747 • 22.98%
  • Curtis Harmon: 674 • 20.74%
  • Write-in: 20 • 0.62%

Council Position No. 5

  • Traci Buxton: 1,338 • 41.37%
  • Harry Steinmetz: 1,229 • 38.00%
  • Patricio Mendoza: 657 • 20.32%
  • Write-in: 10 0.31 %


2 Responses to “ELECTION RESULTS: So far it’s Pina vs Martinelli; Buxton vs Steinmetz”
  1. Michelle says:

    the race between martinelli and pina is going to be an interesting one.

    martinelli is endorsed by king county democrats
    pina is endorsed by 33rd district democrats

    martinelli is endorsed by the king county labor council
    pina has support among the business community

    martinell is a first-time candidate
    pina is a longterm member of the council

  2. Pat Nardo says:

    We strongly support Mayor Matt Pina for re-election to positon #01 on the Des Moines City Council.
    There are many compelling reasons to support Mayor Matt Pina who has been at the forefront of our city’s recovery and renewed prosperity. As a leader of one of the best teams of council members in my recollection, Matt Pina has done, and continues, doing a magnificent job of bringing our Des Moines into a future that was not envisioned by previous leadership.
    Thanks to the diligent pursuit of advancing our budget from deficit to one of sustenance , we are now no longer facing the dragon of bankruptcy; our police force is now more of a force, and businesses are discovering this jewel of potential wealth ; Des Moines. One need only view the spate of construction, new living accommodations, and large enterprises seeking a share in our progress to appreciate the leadership shown by our city council under the leadership of Mayor Matt Pina.
    As Mayor of the City of Des Moines, and candidate for re-election to position #01 on our city council, it would be an inordinately unwise move to change this horse in mid-stream. My vote and the vote of as many friends as can be mustered will be to retain this exceptional leader for the continued success we are experiencing. Matt Pina’s position cannot and should not be filled by an apprentice. My opinion, my vote.

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