Matt Mahoney for Des Moines City Council Position 7

A member of Des Moines, WA that is looking for the opportunity to work for you.

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Hi Des Moines,

Several years ago my wife, Beverly and I purchased a home in the North Hill neighborhood that was in desperate need of a remodel, love and attention. It overlooks downtown Des Moines, WA. Des Moines is an incredible place to live with a fantastic back drop of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier.

As we began our remodel, something wonderful happened to us: we fell in love with our home, this city and our neighborhood. We felt like we found home.

A funny thing about doing a remodel is that you find that your neighbors are very interested in your progress. They’d randomly stop by while walking their dog or just to see what’s going on. We talked about the gorgeous view, the city, downtown, Redondo, the Marina and our visions and concerns about our community. It was our pleasure to get to know so many wonderful people.

That’s when I became compelled to be involved with this gem by the Sound, to contribute in any way possible, and make a positive change for our new friends and neighbors. It’s important to me to be a part of the solution and align with others to realize the vision of this beautiful place we call home.

I found the  Council meetings to be fascinating. I discovered our City Council to be a group of individuals who are deeply committed to the citizens of Des Moines. They instilled a sense of pride and confidence in me for what they are doing for our city. I was encouraged to see a government pass a sustainable budget. I can attest they are a sharp team of individuals who demonstrate a positive synergy on how to move the city into the future. Commonly, we share the same vision for the future of Des Moines.

Since winning my election in 2017, I have been very active and engaged in my role as one of your councilmembers and now as your Deputy Mayor.  Since my election to office, I have never missed a council meeting nor committee meeting and I frequently attend many more meetings regionally or specific to an interest our residents might have.

I believe that my previous experiences as a US Army veteran, Fire Commissioner for Pierce County Fire District #26, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort specializing in development in an environmentally sensitive area, and manager of multi-million dollar businesses and employees at an international company (Nordstrom) qualifies me for this position. Add to that my current experience as your Parade Chair for the Waterland Parade and as a Trustee to the North Hill Community Club.

To those who know me, you know my ability to make a positive difference. That I am dependable, dedicated and work smart and hard toward goals. To my neighbors in Des Moines, I have not only listened to you, but heard you and have boldly advocated your concerns with other city leaders. I am well acquainted with budgeting, business execution, and other fiscally responsible habits. But I pride myself in having common sense and the ability to find middle ground quickly and effectively. I bring high energy and a positive attitude to the table.

My wife and I absolutely love this community.  This is why we give so much time to bring our diverse population together to build a better Des Moines.


Matt Mahoney