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    Momentum Grows for Tola Marts in Race to Replace Reichert



    Marts Picks Up More Than Two Dozen Endorsements from Elected Officials


    ISSAQUAH – Councilmember Tola Marts, Democratic candidate in the 8th Congressional District, announced a new round of endorsements today from many current and former elected officials. In addition to a number of state legislators, more than a dozen local mayors and city councilmembers from across Washington have endorsed Tola. Momentum for Marts has continued to grow following Dave Reichert’s surprise retirement announcement last week.


    “With Dave Reichert retiring, the momentum is on our side in 2018 to elect a Democrat to Congress from the Eighth District. The strong, early endorsements for my campaign from so many excellent leaders shows our broad range of support,” said Councilmember Tola Marts. “No other Democratic candidate has a single endorsement from a current elected official – a reality that reflects my experience and deep ties to this district. With help from our hundreds of grassroots volunteers and donors, I’m ready to debate and take on whomever the Republicans put forward.”


    NEW endorsements:


    State Senator Karen Keiser (D)

    State Senator Patty Kuderer (D)

    State Senator Guy Palumbo (D)


    John Stokes, Mayor of Bellevue

    Marlla Mhoon, Covington City Councilmember

    Mary Morgan, Ellensburg City Councilmember

    Mariah Bettise, Issaquah City Councilmember

    Stacy Goodman, Issaquah City Councilmember

    Mary Lou Pauly, Issaquah City Councilmember

    Bill Ramos, Issaquah City Councilmember

    Paul Winterstein, Issaquah City Councilmember

    Dennis Higgins, Kent City Councilmember

    Sheree Wen, Deputy Mayor of Medina

    Ed Prince, Renton City Councilmember

    Tom Odell, Sammamish City Councilmember & Former Mayor

    Kathleen Huckabay, Sammamish City Councilmember

    Tom Vance, Former Mayor of Sammamish

    Chris Roberts, Mayor of Shoreline

    Amy Ockerlander, Duvall City Councilmember

    Mike Sando, Former Enumclaw City Councilmember


    Already endorsed by:


    State Senator Mark Mullet (D)

    State Senator Lisa Wellman (D)

    State Senator Patty Kuderer (D)

    State Rep. Shelley Kloba (D)

    State Rep. Mia Gregerson (D)

    State Rep. Tana Senn (D)

    Former State Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D)

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  • Tola Marts Statement on Women's Health

    The campaign of Councilmember Tola Marts gave the following statement to The Stranger about Tola's views on women's health and reproductive rights:

    “Councilmember Tola Marts is a passionate champion for reproductive health and rights, and unequivocally believes in fighting for the constitutionally protected right to abortion access. If elected to Congress, he will fight tooth and nail against President Trump and other Republicans who have made attacking Planned Parenthood a weekly event. Unlike Dave Reichert, Tola Marts will work to expand access to women’s health care across Washington and the rest of the country, including efforts to break down the disproportionate barriers that women in rural and underserved areas face when seeking reproductive care.”

    Read the full article here.

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  • The Stranger: "Marts is also the only elected official running against Reichert"

    The Stranger gave its first impressions of Councilmember Tola Marts:

    "Even though he's built like a viking, he puts you at ease. As an Issaquah city councilman, Marts is also the only elected official running against Reichert, and he's come straight out the gate advocating for a specific policy: two years of free community college for all."

    Read the full article here.


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  • State Legislators Endorse Tola Marts for Congress

    Councilmember Tola Marts, Democratic candidate in the 8th Congressional District, announced endorsements today from a number of current and former Washington state legislators for his campaign against Rep. Dave Reichert.

     “Our campaign continues to grow, and I’m proud to have received the strong endorsements of such wonderful leaders. These experienced elected officials know that we can’t afford to take any chances next year in the effort to defeat Dave Reichert,” said Councilmember Tola Marts. “My wife and I raised our family in the 8th, and I’m thankful that so many people are responding to our campaign’s message of lifting people up, helping the vulnerable, and ensuring basic rights.”


    Endorsed by:

    State Senator Mark Mullet (5th LD)

    State Senator Lisa Wellman (41st LD)

    State Rep. Shelley Kloba (1st LD)

    State Rep. Mia Gregerson (33rd LD)

    State Rep. Tana Senn (41st LD)

    Former State Rep. Marcie Maxwell (41st LD)

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  • Tola Marts on Washington State Indivisible Podcast

    Councilmember Tola Marts was interviewed for the Washington State Indivisible Podcast, hosted by Issaquah's own Stephan Cox. The podcast is a deep dive into why Tola is running for Congress, the issues that he's passionate about, and his plan to win in 2018.

    Listen to the podcast here.

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  • commented 2017-08-10 10:06:05 -0700
    If we all come together to support him, Marts can finally do what Ventrella and others have tried to do for a dozen years: unseat Republican Dave Reichert and put a progressive in office to represent Washingtonians.
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