Councilmember Marts currently holds Position Number 7 on the City Council.
Elected: Nov. 7, 2017
Term Expires: Dec. 31, 2021
Tola first won election to the Issaquah City Council in 2009, and was reelected in 2013 and 2017. He chose to run for office to try to help his adopted community of Issaquah make the transition from being a growth community to one focusing on sustainability.
His top priorities have always been workforce housing and living wage jobs, seeing these as key to long term community sustainability. He has been Council President in 2012, 2018 and 2019. Starting in 2019 he serves Issaquah on several regional bodies including the Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee and the King County Growth Management Planning Council.
He lives on Squak Mountain with his wife Tracy, and they have children currently attending college in CA and MT. His hobbies include drone flying (he holds an FAA UAV commercial pilot’s license), writing and photography. He grew up in upstate New York and later White Bear Lake, MN. In his day job he is Chief Engineer for Tethers Unlimited, Inc., an aerospace R&D company developing technologies for the emerging orbital economy in Bothell, WA. He is an active member of St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church in Issaquah.