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Marty Campbell to Seek a Second Term

by KevinFreitas
on 3/7/2013 @ 7:10am
Just now in my inbox:

Marty Campbell, who was elected to represent District 4 on the Tacoma City Council in 2009, officially announced today that he is running for re-election. “We’ve accomplished much in the past three years to support livable neighborhoods, create jobs and improve public safety but there’s still much more to do in District 4.”

Setting his second term goals Campbell said “We need to continue to drive down unemployment and crime by creating jobs and focusing on improving public safety. We also need to continue improving infrastructure by focusing on our neighborhoods and schools where many of our roads and sidewalks are either in need of major repair or are non-existent. Most of all, we to need to maintain a balanced budget that allows us increase resources to core services.”

Campbell currently serves as the Deputy Mayor for Tacoma, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Vice-Chair of the Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee, as well as many other boards and committees. As a long-time small business owner, Marty has been a leader in creating jobs and advocating for small business. He specifically cited reducing and removing B&O taxes for many small businesses, streamlining the application and permitting process, and developing a culture of entrepreneurship.

Marty is recognized for his leadership on curbing metal theft and blight in our neighborhoods, advocating for our Community Liaison Officers, School Resource Officers, Code Enforcement Officers, and finding opportunities to strengthen our Emergency Medical Services.

During the recent budget negotiations, Campbell invited community input ensuring the budget reflected the concerns of the district by protecting the core services:  public safety, blight reduction, road maintenance and human services.

Marty’s growing list of endorsers includes County Councilmember Rick Talbert; 27th District Senator Jeannie Darneille and Representatives Jake Fey and Laurie Jinkins; Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist; Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and at-large City Councilmembers David Boe, Ryan Mello and Victoria Woodards; Tacoma School Board Directors Scott Heinze, Kurt Miller, Catherine Ushka and Karen Vialle.

Marty and his wife Sandy have lived on the East side of Tacoma for over a decade, and currently live next door to their daughter and two grandchildren.

by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2013 @ 8:07am

by Erik on 3/7/2013 @ 8:30am
From the archives:

by Erik on 3/7/2013 @ 8:36am
Previous News Tribune

Q&A with Campbell from the Tacoma Sun:


1) Jail releases

Question: The media has reported that the Pierce County Jail currently releases nearly all of the people who have been arrested in Pierce County into downtown Tacoma even if they are arrested in Orting or a remote area of the county. Would you support a plan which would transport some or all of the jail releases to the places where they were arrested or where they live when their sentence ends?


Yes, depending on the plan. The County sheriff needs to provide an opportunity for releases to have safe transit to the places where they were arrested or where they live.

2) Growth management

Question: Over the last 30 years, Pierce County has been known for suburban sprawl which has caused the loss of farmland, pollution, traffic congestion and disinvestment in Tacoma.

If you are elected, how will you address the effects of sprawl and growth management in Pierce County and the relatively low rate of investment in Tacoma?


We need strategic thinking when planning for the future growth in Tacoma and Pierce County. I would continue to push for more comprehensive planning for the City and for our neighborhood business districts.
We also need to make sure we have an effective voice in regional transit planning, while continue to develop sensible transit planning and implementation.

3) Pierce County Felon “Dumping Ground” Issues

Question: As you know, Tacoma and Pierce County have a disproportionate number of released felons placed by the Department of Corrections as described in the Tacoma City Club report: 30 Years of DOC in Pierce County, Was It worth It?

If re-elected, what do you plan to do, if anything to reduce the number of felons placed in Tacoma and Pierce County? Do you agree that Tacoma and Pierce County should have no more than their pro-rata share based on population? How can the concentration of felons in Tacoma be reduced to the city’s pro-rata share?


Yes. Tacoma has received more that it’s “fair share” of released felons over the years. We need to work with the pierce county sheriff and the department of Corrections (DOC) to develop a workable plan for returning jail releases to the places where they were arrested or where they live.

3) Restoration of Winthrop Hotel

Question: A great many Tacomans would like to see the Winthrop Hotel restored as Spokane has restored the Davenport Hotel.

What is your position on this issue? Do you support the goal of restoring the Winthrop Hotel back into a hotel as the News Tribune and others have advocated?
What ideas do you have to make this goal of many Tacomans a reality?


I support the restoration of historic landmarks. As seen with the conversations regarding the Elks project, these projects can inspire excitement and bring economic growth to our city. Hotels and designation as a tourist destination would bring Tacoma more economic growth. However, downtown growth needs to be matched with growth and investment in our neighborhoods. We need to work with the property owners to help them see their role in our city.

4) Rebuilding Tacoma

Question: Despite the progress made, Tacoma still has a large number of vacant lots, and empty and blighted buildings relative to other west coast cities. What role can you and Tacoma take, if you are elected, to support the rebuilding of downtown Tacoma and Tacoma’s mixed use centers?

We need to ensure that we have a city wide strategic plan for economic recovery.

5) Building Walkable Neighborhood Centers and Downtown
Cities such as Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, San Francisco have removed their off-street parking requirements to allow parking to be built based on market demand. This also has the benefit of reducing sprawl, reducing pollution and allowing the construction of walkable neighborhoods.

Do you support removing the off-street parking requirement in downtown Tacoma and in Tacoma’s mixed use centers?

Yes. I have in the past and will continue to in the future lead the conservation about sensible transit and parking solutions.

6) Restoring Tacoma’s Streetcars

Question: Many Tacomans support restoring Tacoma’s streetcar system. Gas prices have recently been at record levels. Do you support restoring the streetcar network in Tacoma? What steps would be needed to be taken to make this happen?


Yes. The steps that need to be taken are many and some are very detailed. I am committed to making it sure the process is open and reflects the needs and character of the neighborhood they serve.
We need to identify federal, state, and regional sources for funding and ensure the funding meets our goals and planning.

7) Pollution Issues in Tacoma

Question: Parts of the City of Tacoma are currently failing the pollution criteria set by the State of Washington. What actions will you take if elected, if any, to reduce the pollution level in the city limits of Tacoma?


We must work to address storm water run off and non-point sources solutions for reduced pollution into the sound.
To reach attainment in air quality standards, we are going need to develop mass transit and alternative transportation methods.

I will continue to support our office of sustainability and many of the partners we have in the environmental community here in Tacoma. By offering incentives and proper, sensible regulation we can make steady incremental steps toward addressing pollution levels.

8) Crime Reduction Proposal by City Manager Eric Anderson
Question: City Manager Eric Anderson has set a goal to reduce crime in Tacoma by 50 percent in 14 months. What specific steps, if any, will you take if elected to reduce the crime rate in Tacoma?


I would support the expansion of community based services throughout the city. Additionally, I would support an increase in detectives for the police department and seek state and federal funding to target and eliminate the gangs and the criminal behaviors that surround them.
I will continue to be a strong advocate to community policing and continue to be involved in the many community groups in district #4.
I will also work with our school district to address issues of education and our community’s role in educating and keeping our children.

by KevinFreitas on 3/7/2013 @ 8:40am
Photos of Marty around Tacoma from the photo archive over on my website:

by Erik on 3/7/2013 @ 8:58am
Nice Kevin.
Audio interview of Marty on the Melon:

by NineInchNachos on 3/8/2013 @ 8:21am

by truetotacoma on 3/8/2013 @ 3:01pm

Unless someone can fill in the blanks, here is what currently makes up the Council:Strickland - no  job but  has dabbled in the Corp world Cambell - unemployed Netflix and Ipod destroyed business but not a good business plan if you didnt see that coming...Boe - selfemployedMello - works for GovWalker - social worker non-profitLongergan - N/AThoms - self employed with a license to do everything but killIbsen - works for wifeWoodards - non-profit

by truetotacoma on 3/8/2013 @ 5:03pm

I am starting to see this chain of connections/ lovefest group - Patricia Lecy Davis, Marty Cambell, RR Anderson, Kevin Freitas, Erik Bjornson and John Hathaway.A haircutter, an unemployed politician, smart %$# cartoonist, a blogger, a lawyer and a hack.Sounds like a bad 2 episode sitcom at best... 

by NineInchNachos on 3/8/2013 @ 5:15pm
Boe is probably the most successful business owner.  I think his firm supports 4 employees or so?  JOB CREATOR!

by truetotacoma on 3/8/2013 @ 6:15pm

I bet Marty has a great DVD collection, oh sh$t, mine player only takes blue ray.  

by Jesse on 3/8/2013 @ 8:24pm
Wow truetotacoma, you must do something super great for a living to have the credibility to hack on city council members, people following their dreams, and attorneys. What do you do?

by NineInchNachos on 3/8/2013 @ 8:31pm
professional barnacle! 

by truetotacoma on 3/9/2013 @ 1:07pm

I am retired. Worked for Boeing for 44 years as an engineer. I was working while most of you were still a sparkle in your parents eyes or . Following their sound like a hallmark card. If your dream is to be a politician then you either read too much about JFK or you needed more attention as a child. Outside of your little vacuum universe of feedtacoma and the new takhoma, you all need to get out more.

by NineInchNachos on 3/9/2013 @ 2:40pm
so what do you think about the dreamliner battery problem?

by low bar on 3/10/2013 @ 9:27pm
I wouldn't trust anything that doesn't have at least 4 engines. More like nightmare liner.

Politicians can help keep Boeing where it is. And they do. I would take that into account. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

And there is no such thing as a retiree's nest egg that isn't exposed to risk.

What comes around goes around, and the payback for political cynicism is a bitch.

by truetotacoma on 3/10/2013 @ 9:53pm

 I think folks were pushed to meet the deadline and bottom line and they got burned...literally.