Tola Marts, Councilmember


Councilmember Marts currently holds Position Number 7 on the City Council.

  • Elected: Nov. 2, 2021
  • Term Expires: Dec. 31, 2025

Tola first won election to the Issaquah City Council in 2009, and was reelected in 2013, 2017 and 2021. 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. He currently chairs the Services, Safety and Parks Council Committee. He has represented Issaquah on the Sound Cities Association (SCA) Public Issues Committee (PIC) since 2011 and the Eastside Fire & Rescue Board of Directors since 2022. 

He and his wife Tracy live in the Timbercrest neighborhood on Upper Squak Mountain, and they have adult children living in New York and Montana. 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, Minnesota. He is an active member at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Issaquah.