I’m excited to announce my candidacy for City Council in my home town of Newcastle, WA! I love our small city with its miles of trails, beautiful Lake Boren Park, state-of-the-art library, terrific small businesses and diverse population.

For the past four years I’ve been volunteering on the Community Activities Commission planning events such as Newcastle Days, Broadway on Boren, Concerts in the Park and the 4th of July fireworks. I’ve seen a growing sense of community among the people of Newcastle with volunteers showing up in all kinds of weather to keep our parks and trails well groomed and help out with our summer events.

Inspired by the traditional July 4th softball game in my hometown in New England, I called on my friend Anthony Caso of the Newcastle Baseball Association and put together a practice schedule for the first annual Newcastle Softball Classic set for July 4th at 2 p.m. at Risdon Middle School field.

I realize that running a city is not all fun and games. Newcastle is growing fast and with that growth will come decisions about our future. I will walk the city this spring and summer and listen to my neighbors about their concerns, always keeping an open mind. It’s so important in our fast moving society to really listen to one another rather than just waiting for our turn to talk.

As a candidate for City Council, I will listen far more than I talk. I’m looking forward to meeting all of my neighbors near and far in the next few months and sharing ideas about the future of Newcastle.

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Great Strides Walk

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I emceed the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis research at the Seattle Center. I’ve done it every year but one since 1998. It’s a great event for a very important cause.

Radio Remembered

I had a great time working with Chuck and Michele Royalty and the talented cast in a show called Radio Remembered at Newport Covenant Church in early May.  Using the same old time radio format, I’m writing a script for a “History of Newcastle” presentation this coming fall. It’ll be part melodrama, part comedy and will feature local Newcastle residents.

Talkin' with tony in the alfa

"Talkin' With Tony in the Alfa" is a new regular web series featuring Tony Ventrella's candid talks with Puget Sound personalities all in the comfort of his green Alfa Romeo.

Tony hosts City Stream episodes

Tony hosts some episodes of CityStream, Seattle's Channel's weekly feature magazine show. Watch as Tony hosts the show from the Yesler Community Center here and, more recently, discusses Tunnel Vision and Vision Zero here.