Tacoma Urbanist

Feb. 18, 2009 at 11:28am

Marty Campbell Files For Tacoma City Council Position No. 4

Its official, we have another candidate for Tacoma City Council.  

According the PDC, Campbell filed on 2/9/2009:


Position No. 4 is currently held by councilmember Rick Talbert.

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by Erik on 2/18/2009 @ 11:37am
Side note: Campbell was also the sponsor of Frost Park Chalk Off Episode XI


by izenmania on 2/18/2009 @ 11:52am
Hope he doesn't get derailed by campaign costs this time around.

by Erik on 2/18/2009 @ 12:06pm
Since he is running for a specific position rather than at large, perhaps money will not be as big of an issue.

by NineInchNachos on 2/18/2009 @ 12:23pm
Go Marty!!!

by Erik on 2/18/2009 @ 12:26pm

Now on Exit 133:

Marty Campbell has filed the paperwork to run for the City Council seat to be vacated by Rick Talbert. District 4 is largely the Eastside of Tacoma and Marty is a longtime resident of the area. He owns Buzzard’s Music near UWT and Stadium Video.

He’s probably best known to Exit133 readers for his involvement in the Downtown Merchants Group, New Tacoma Neighborhood Council, and his bid for the very competitive District 8 at-large seat in 2007.


There is a limit to the people who can run for position No. 4.

2009 may be Marty's year.

PDC form:


by fredo on 2/18/2009 @ 12:34pm
A good choice for the Council. Let's make 2009 Marty's year.

by Erik on 2/18/2009 @ 12:42pm
Out of the Obama playbook, here are

Marty's political web page:


Marty's Myspace page:


Marty's Facebook page


by NineInchNachos on 2/18/2009 @ 1:16pm
I live in central tacoma, does that mean I can't vote for marty?

by Erik Hanberg on 2/18/2009 @ 1:24pm

If you're not willing to move to Marty's district in order to vote for him, then I question your dedication.


Sorry--short answer: no, you can't, unless you move.

by NineInchNachos on 2/18/2009 @ 1:45pm

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/18/2009 @ 2:37pm
Run, Marty, Run.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/18/2009 @ 2:49pm
Sorry, 'Nachos, maybe if Acorn had a branch office here in Tacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 2/18/2009 @ 4:01pm

by marumaruyopparai on 2/18/2009 @ 10:03pm
I like RR's version of the photo better.


I think the individual slides would make a good series of campaign posters.

by Erik on 4/14/2009 @ 10:25am
I just received this via email:



Lindsay Westnedge, Campaign Manager

Committee to Elect Marty Campbell
1910 Jefferson Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
253.376.3774 or 253-273-5208

Tacoma, WA April 14 2009 -- Marty Campbell, a community leader and small business owner, has announced his candidacy for Tacoma City Council. Campbell is seeking position #4, currently held by Councilmember Rick Talbert, whose term ends this year.

Marty's broad ranging experience and �get the job done� attitude brings a voice the residents of District #4 need. In this economic climate, we need to get back to the basics. We need to rebuild our economy and create sustainable jobs, eliminate gangs and the criminal activity the surrounds them and rebuild and properly maintain our streets. We need to make sure, that above all, city government is transparent and accountable to the citizens of Tacoma, Campbell states.

Marty has over 15 years experience running successful retail businesses in Tacoma. Marty is committed to the community, holding leadership positions on nearly a dozen business, non-profit and civic boards, along with an active involvement in many more community, arts, and education groups. I believe building relationships and connecting community is a powerful tool in improving the quality of life in Tacoma he said. Marty has been consistently recognized for his leadership, including winning the 2007 City of Destiny Award for Adult Leadership.

The kick-off event for the Campaign to Elect Marty Campbell will be Wednesday, April 29th from 5:30-7:30pm at the VFW Post #969 Community Hall on McKinley Ave (3510 McKinley Ave). The event is open to the public.

For Information: www.electcampbell.org

Contact: electcampbell@gmail.com

Phone: 253.376.3774 or 253-273-5208

by Urban E on 4/15/2009 @ 7:24am
I'm confused! So on Marty's FB page he's got MS's page and JM for Mayor. Which one does he actually support for Mayor? Or is that one of those I'm friends with whomever wins?

by Erik on 4/24/2009 @ 11:07am
in-tacoma.net has posted an online poll matching up Marty Campbell against Roxanne Murphy.

Marty Campbell vs Roxanne Murphy for City Council District 4
Who do you think should take it? Both visible community members. Thoughts?


Who should win the city council district 4 race?

Will the results of the poll predict the winner of the election? Will the poll be of a sufficient and representative sample size to be accurate?

We will see.

Current result:

Marty: 19 votes
Roxanne: 13 votes

by fredo on 4/24/2009 @ 11:34am
Hard to compare the candidates when there's no attempt to distinguish their positions. Everything presented so far is just boilerplate political babble.

by morgan on 4/24/2009 @ 11:41am
Erik: That's strange- I just checked and it was 17 to 6 with Marty leading. Could the survey be rigged?

fredo: Good point. What would you like to know specifically?

by Erik on 4/24/2009 @ 11:49am
Hmm. You are right. 17 to 6. Too much multitasking here.

Fredo: now the candidates need to be vetted.


by fredo on 4/24/2009 @ 11:52am
Will either candidate be accepting contributions or support from any municipal labor unions?

Will either candidate favor limiting Tacomas financial exposure of the defined benefit pension plan?

Would you favor a plan to reduce contributions to employees health plans if it meant the city could fill its potholes?

I could come up with more, but lets get these answered first.

by morgan on 4/24/2009 @ 1:23pm
fredo: For your first question, do you have the PDC website bookmarked? web.pdc.wa.gov/querysystem/candidates.as...

And I wouldn't expect a straight answer on the other 2 questions. The city manager could probably answer them though.

by fredo on 4/24/2009 @ 10:34pm
Morgan thanks for the link.

Neither candidate is reporting any contributions, so the PDC website would give no indication of the candidates interest in soliciting labor union support.

Regarding the city managers opinion on city issues, I don't know how that would help a voter choose between candidates. He's not an elected official and serves at the council's pleasure.

Here's a better question for the two candidates. Would you please identify 3 important issues where you have a difference of opinion from your opponent?

by Erik on 4/25/2009 @ 9:40am
Now the vote totals are

Marty : 23
Roxanne : 12


by morgan on 4/25/2009 @ 12:50pm
fredo: I think few candidates would say no to contributions. Keep checking the PDC website for updates. You'll see many familiar and unfamiliar names that drive local politics. It's pretty interesting to see the dynamics.

It's important to keep in mind that the council mostly acts to guide policy- it's the city staff and manager that do the legwork. If it's a policy question, go to council. If it's a policy implementation question, the manager should be able to guide you to the answer.

by About Time on 5/2/2009 @ 1:30am
Send your questions to Martys campain website... electcampbell@gmail.com - Give them a chance to answer your questions !!

by Erik on 7/20/2009 @ 9:02am
Looks like Marty has picked up the Tribune's endorsement:

In District 4 on Tacomas East Side, three people are running to replace departing Councilman Rick Talbert. We are endorsing Marty Campbell, but were also impressed by both of his opponents, Roxanne Murphy and Susanne Emily Marten.

Campbell, the owner of Stadium Video and Buzzards Discs in Tacoma, would add an important small-business perspective to the council. Hes been heavily involved in civic projects, from helping found the Tacoma Film Club to chairing a committee to study downtown parking solutions.

His scope of experience comprises a blend of community activism hes helped his neighborhood with crime prevention and community improvement and business advocacy. Campbell is also chairman of the Cross-District Business Association, an alliance of business districts throughout Tacoma. Hes a former chairman of the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council.

That broad experience and perspective establishes Campbell as a candidate who can both lobby for his districts interests and look out for the welfare of the entire city.

Murphy also has been busy in her neighborhood, especially at the grass-roots level. Shes been active in many East Side community groups and has served on the East Side Neighborhood Council and DomeTop Neighborhood Alliance.

Murphy worked for the city as a community relations specialist before leaving to pursue a masters degree in public administration at The Evergreen State College. She is energetic and dedicated, and could be part of the next generation of city leadership. We hope she stays engaged.


by Erik on 11/4/2009 @ 12:57am
Marty Campbell Wins!

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/4/2009 @ 4:52pm
Go, Team Marty!

Why, oh why don't you live in District 2?