A message from tony

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.

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 summer and fall 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.

I’m proud to offer my time and energy to the growth and success of the City of Newcastle as a candidate for the City Council.

ABOUT ME: I spent 25 years as a sportscaster on Seattle area television and 10 years as a digital media host for the Seattle Seahawks website. I’m a U.S. Army veteran, author of three books, media consultant and public speakers. I’ve hosted hundreds of nonprofit events and find time to give back whenever I can. I’ve lived in Newcastle with my wife Mika since 2003 and we both love it here!

As a Newcastle City Councilman, I pledge the following:

ISSUES FACING NEWCASTLE

I will make sound decisions on all matters based on solid research, discussions with Newcastle citizens and consideration of short- and long-term effects on our city. I realize opinions on all matters will vary across the city, but I will always vote in the best interest of the common good.

diverse population

Newcastle is growing and becoming more diverse than ever before. I will engage the entire population of our city, listening to your concerns and considering your suggestions. A strong, yet flexible local government is essential to the steady, unwavering success of our city and equally important is an informed and involved public. In the final analysis, we’re all in this together.

PROMOTE LOCAL BUSINESS

Successful businesses large and small are essential to the growth of any city. I pledge to encourage that growth by working with our local businesses towards their success.

RECOGNIZE FIRST RESPONDERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Strong and efficient police and fire departments are the backbone of all great communities. I will do everything I can to support those brave and dedicated men and women who serve our city 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

OUR SENIORS

With Aegis Gardens, Regency Assisted Living and those living in many private homes, our 65 and better population is growing every day. I will make myself available twice monthly to the residents of both Regency and Aegis Gardens. I have much to learn and look forward to hearing from and visiting with our seniors.

PROMOTING THE ARTS

With the help of the Newcastle Arts Council, I will recognize and celebrate our local artists at City Council meetings throughout the year. In the words of Thomas Merton, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”