Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell officially announced today he’ll seek a second-term for the council’s District 4 seat representing the East Side and parts of the South End.
Campbell, 42, a community activist and former owner of Stadium Video and Buzzards, won election to Council in 2009 by easily downing Roxanne Murphy, a former city employee.
Campbell filed his candidate’s registration for his re-election bid last month with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, records show. So far, he has reported no campaign contributions and no one has filed to challenge him.
Here’s Campbell’s press announcement:
For Immediate Release- 3/7/13
Tacoma City Councilmember Marty Campbell to seek a second term.
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.