Anthony Martinelli announces his candidacy for Des Moines City Council

Longtime resident and community activist Anthony Martinelli this week announced his 2019 campaign for Des Moines City Council.

Martinelli, a former campaign manager for King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, ran for Council two years ago against incumbent Mayor Matt Pina, He lost by 1,317 votes despite being outspent by nearly four to one.

He expects to once again receive the support of the King County Labor Council, King County Democrats, and the host of current and former elected officials who supported his run in 2017.

“Des Moines is still in need of leaders with bold and innovative ideas for addressing rising poverty and crime,” said Martinelli. “My top priority is a safe city.”

Martinelli graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in 2008 and studied journalism and environmental science at The Evergreen State College. He spent years working as communications director for a nonprofit organization, as well as for Councilmember Upthegrove.

Martinelli is a father of two and has been an active volunteer for various groups and causes. He has served as a unanimously elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officer since 2012.

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2 Responses to “Anthony Martinelli announces his candidacy for Des Moines City Council”
  1. This article certainly would have been more informative if it include what council position Mr. Martinelli was vying for and why he selected that particular council spot. Without that readers are left to speculate he has filed for election just to join the council. What are the short comings seen with the current position and what will he do differently?

  2. Patrick Nardo says:

    Rob Back, a good friend for around 20 years now, is serving as councilmember 06. Rob always seems to have time for, just one more task, one more soul in need, and volunteers for just about everything since we have met. Recently Rob has announced his candidacy for re-election. Now, here we have a man who is small business, actively umpiring baseball games, advocating for relief for airport noise and air pollution. All these things should and does leave little time for a “busy man”, but Rob Back is not just any busy man, he is an exceptional busy man who even finds time to rescue an occasional homeless human being.
    It takes lot to be willing to work for our city for pay less than minimum wage, for the long hours, dedicated and courageous service, along with some derogatory reactions from one or two irate constituents. Some of our council even receive physical threats for their job performance.
    This year 2019, has realized an even tempered , and ground-breaking performance team from our city council. Des Moines now can brag of high-level credit rating and accomplished a good distance from the previous threat of bankruptcy, in a previous administration. Now, we have one more brave heart, willing to take all the chances, threats, and excessive priorities on his time and family, as well as privacy. Unlike Rob Back, though, Anthony Martinelli is an unknown for experience at managing the potential drain on his ability to perform as a member of our leadership. Rob Back is on the ground, running and ready for more pioneering advances for our Des Moines. So, while admiring Anthony Martinelli for his fortitude, my loyalty to our city demand my support for Rob Back. Good luck to both gentlemen, in all that transpires now.

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