Anthony Martinelli

Vetting Form

Your Name: Anthony Martinelli
Position: Local
Name of Office: Des Moines City Council
Congressional District: 9th
Legislative District: 33rd
Status: New Candidate
Date of Election (mm/dd/yy): 11/07/2017
Candidate Website: http://martinelli4council.com/

Candidate Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/electmartinelli/
Candidate Twitter: NA
Candidate Email: info@martinelli4council.com

Do You: Believe in the need for Campaign Finance Reform/not support Super PACs/Citizen’s United?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: We desperately need a comprehensive reform of our nation\’s campaign finance laws. I believe strongly that Citizen\’s United was a disastrous, wrongheaded decision that has drastically impacted politics in a negative way.

Do You: Believe in Medicare/Medicaid/single-payer for all?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: Absolutely. Healthcare is a right, and all should have easy access to it. We have a responsibility as a nation to take care of our citizens, and we aren\’t doing it with the current system.

Do You: Believe in LGBTQ marriage equality/equal rights?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate: Without a doubt. I volunteered hundreds of hours to help legalize same-sex marriage in Washington.

Do You: Believe in tax-paid public accredited college access for all who are accepted and free tuition at all public colleges?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: Yes. Enabling free college will benefit our children and our future, and will especially benefit those who are low-income.

Do You: Support college loan repayment relief and college loan monthly payments no more than 10% of net income?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: I do. Too many people are bogged down in massive amounts of student debt, and it\’s time the government steps in.

Do You: Believe in closing corporate tax loopholes?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: I do. Corporate tax loopholes are a detriment to our country.

Do You: Believe in a $15 Minimum Wage (graduated in, over 4 years, at a maximum)?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: I do. One of my primary campaign platforms is raising the minimum wage in Des Moines to $15 an hour by 2020.

Do You: Prioritize repairing infrastructure?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: I do. Building I particularly supporting establishing a municipal broadband system.

Do You: Believe in Police/Prison Reform (end private prisons, drug treatment vs. prison, possible Body Cams, demilitarize/retrain police, etc.)?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: Yes, yes, yes and yes! I believe private prisons are a travesty and should be explicitly prohibited. I support a drastic reformation of our criminal justice system, particular our drug laws. I support mandating body camera, updating and expanding police training, and scaling back police militarization. I believe the diversity of a police force should represent the diversity of the community as best as possible.

Do You: Believe in finding a way to reduce the power of the military industrial complex and constant state of conflict/war?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please be specific.: I do.

Do You: Support common sense gun control/improved background checks (ban on assault weapons, like Bernie)?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please be specific.: I support a ban on assault weapons, and a mandate for background checks for guns under all circumstances.

Do You: Support a woman’s right to choose and will try to prevent local legislation that inhibits access to care at Planned Parenthood or any other clinic providing women’s care in this area?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: I do, and I will. I\’m 100% pro-choice and will do everything in my power to prevent laws that inhibit abortion and birth control services.

Do You: Believe in climate change and working towards renewable energy sources?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: Global warming is a very real, very serious issue. I support transition the city to using entirely renewable energy as soon as feasibly possible.

Do You: Believe in separation of church and state?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: I do. I believe churches should be required to pay taxes, and things like plaques of bible verses should be prohibited on government properties.

Do You: Believe in a path to citizenship?: Yes
Why or Why Not? Please Elaborate.: Absolutely.

Did you support Bernie in the 2016 Primary?: Yes

Do you support and believe in whistleblowers like Eric Snowden and Julian Assange?: Yes
If Not, Why?: I believe whistleblowers are often key in opening up important, ofttimes world-changing discussions that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

Do you respect 3rd parties as an alternative to get corporate ownership out of politics? Or should you “vote blue no matter who?”: I do respect 3rd parties, deeply wish we could move beyond our \”two party system\”.
Other Comments.: Thank you for your time and consideration!