Tola Marts plans for another council term
May 21, 2013
Incumbent City Councilman Tola Marts is running for re-election to position No. 7 in November.
Marts was elected to the City Council in 2009 in a contested race for the seat vacated by longtime Councilman David Kappler. In his first year on the council, Marts voted for the final acquisition of the Park Pointe property and organizing the Mountain Biking Task Force.
In his second year, Marts said in a press release that he spearheaded the adoption of the Rowley Development Agreement, a progressive and comprehensive springboard for development in one of the most vital areas of the valley floor. In this and subsequent discussions, Marts said he has always striven to focus on living wage jobs and workforce housing, reminding residents and developers that “the people who work in Issaquah can’t afford to live in Issaquah, and the people who live in Issaquah can’t find jobs in Issaquah.”
Marts was elected council president in 2012. Marts implemented reforms in the goal-setting process that have continued after his presidency, and enacted goals that provide more transparency to the city’s budgeting process.
For the past three years, Marts has represented Issaquah on the Sound Cities Association’s Public Issues Committee, where he said he sees himself providing Issaquah’s voice on regional development and governance issues.
Since 2006, Marts has lived in the Timbercrest neighborhood on Squak Mountain with his wife of 20 years Tracy and his two teenage children. He continues to be active with the Issaquah School District PTA and is a board member of Volunteers for Issaquah Schools.
Marts received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in 1992, and moved to Washington in 2003 to build spacecraft in the fledgling private aerospace industry. In 2012, he accepted a senior mechanical engineering/research scientist position with Intellectual Ventures Labs in Bellevue. He is leading the design and testing of a new vaccine storage device to improve vaccine distribution efforts and maternal and pediatric health outcomes in the developing world.
“I’m so proud and lucky to serve Issaquah,” he said in the release. “We have successfully weathered a terrible recession through nonpartisan problem solving and restrained financial oversight. I look forward to a second term, where I can continue to drive the adoption of performance metrics to track constituents’ tax dollars at work, push for Issaquah’s inclusion in regional and state discussions, and work with our new mayor and my fellow council members to deliver steady and consistent leadership in our great city.”