Meet Tola Marts
I’m announcing my campaign for Congress in Washington’s Eighth Congressional District.
Like so many, I came out west looking for opportunity. For me it was working for Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin, designing rockets to give regular people the chance to go to space. Recently I’ve taken that rocket science and used it to develop technology to solve the problems of the world’s poorest people. At the same time, I became active in my community, and I’m currently in my second term on the Issaquah City Council.
I decided to run for Congress because I worry that America’s standing as a place where dreams can happen, and opportunity can be seized, is slipping. I also worry that with all the political division and partisanship, we’re losing our sense of community. I’m running because I believe our government can do better: lifting people up, protecting the vulnerable, and ensuring basic rights.
That starts with making sure every kid has the opportunity to succeed. We know that education is the best investment we can make towards long term prosperity. Most Americans, still, don’t have college degrees. But the jobs of the future will demand it. Which is why if elected, my first piece of legislation will be to make two years of community college free for all Americans. It’s hard to imagine more we could do to fulfill the promise of the American Dream than to give every kid the chance to go to college.
The road to opportunity is often smashed by catastrophic healthcare costs. Every day Americans all over the country face heartbreaking decisions on whether to pay for medical bills or essential family needs. And then President Trump tried to kill the Affordable Care Act in order to fund a one trillion dollar tax break for the rich? Unacceptable. Congressman Reichert said Trumpcare wouldn’t remove anyone’s coverage, when in fact it would have left 60,000 people in this district without health care, and then he voted for it in committee? Unacceptable. That isn’t leadership, that’s playing politics with people’s lives.
The opportunities of the future are in grave peril due to the threat of climate change. We know over time that the dry side of the Eighth is going to be drier, and the wet side wetter. That’s bad news for both sides. Rather than pretending to know more than the scientists, our government needs to address global warming now, before it’s too late.
It isn’t rocket science to want to provide a future for our kids.
It isn’t rocket science to ensure everyone has access to health care.
It isn’t rocket science to care about our environment.
It isn’t rocket science to want to work every day to ensure the promise of the American Dream is alive and well as we continue into the 21st Century.
In the next several months, I’m going to take this campaign out to Bonney Lake and Covington, Cle Elum and Chelan and every town in between. We as a people *can* return to common sense government, rooted in science, and grounded in constitutional freedoms for every American. We can do our part, in the Eighth, with your help. Please join me, and we *will* turn this ship around- for Washington, and for America.
MOMENTUM FOR TOLA MARTS GROWS IN 8TH DISTRICT FOLLOWING REICHERT RETIREMENT
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.”
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)
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.
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.
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.”
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)
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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