Republican Ascendancy - Monday, April 7, 2014
Josephine County Republican’s Meet and Greet
Last week I was invited to attend the Josephine County Republican’s Meet and Greet at their new headquarters on 6th Street across from the Court House. I was very impressed with the organization of the chair and central committee. The offices were packed with candidates and voters and I really felt at home. The warm hospitality of the bunch made all of the difference. My hats off to them.
I had an opportunity to speak briefly with Candidate for Governor Dennis Richardson and Chair of the Oregon State Republican Party Art Robinson. I think our enthusiasm for the elections ahead was evident because we were all sporting genuine smiles.
Republicans are polling well nationally, and the Cover Oregon debacle which John Kitzhaber is managing, or failing to manage, means that many Oregonians are open to the ideas which Dennis Richardson has. I would encourage you to take a look at his campaign and consider jumping on board early on.
However important my campaign is to restoring a measure of integrity to Douglas County Republican Party politics, the prospects of putting a good Republican in the seat of the Oregon governorship is infinitely more important.
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Donkeys, Highballing, and Huckleberries - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The last few weeks have been trying times for me and my daughter, but thankfully with help from friends and family, we are once again plodding ahead through life doing the best that we can under the circumstances. What circumstances you may ask? When I was single father raising a young boy I thought to myself “I’m pretty good at this.” Now I realize that there’s a world of difference between raising a young boy and raising a teenage girl. I wouldn’t have it any other way, but I’m telling you, I’m really looking forward to the relatively easy negotiations that I’ll face with the legislators in Salem. I even have a one-liner rebuke prepared for one and all of them, “You Sir, are no teenage girl.”
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THE CHOICE IS CLEAR - Friday, November 15, 2013
No other candidate in the race for House District #2 has a track record of accomplishments nearing anything like what we have achieved when I have been involved. For example:
> Timber Bill: For over twenty years we waited for a timber bill to increase harvesting on O&C Lands. Since I started writing about, and running on the issue we’ve made real progress in building broad support for increased timber harvesting. Republicans, Democrats, even the media around the state are now onboard. That’s a break from the past.
> VA Hospital: Since we stood up and demanded better care for Veterans at the event held at the fairgrounds a few years ago, we’ve seen substantive changes made in the hospital, including the appointment of a new VA Director who has worked far more closely with local Veteran groups than did her predecessor.
> Economic Development: In the years since I’ve been writing about, and running on the issue the county’s entire economic development strategy has been completely overhauled, including the establishment of new organizations and new administrators. While much work still needs to be done, we are at least on the right track now, and with my leadership in Salem, we’ll be able to realize our economic goals.
When I go to Salem I will simply continue doing what it is I always do: Bring people together to solve intransigent problems. No other candidate running for this office has the skill and experience to do that –and I’m the only Conservative Republican in the race capable of winning the general election.
This is why you need to support my campaign. This is why you need to attend our kick-off event tomorrow.
Join the team which is getting it done.
Mark Garcia, Candidate for State House District #2
Campaign Kick-Off Fundraising & Mixer Event - Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Please join me for an afternoon of fun and good food to support the kick-off of my campaign to represent the folks of District 2 in the Oregon State Legislature.
The event is $25.00 per person, or $40 for a couple with all profits going to support the Friends of Mark Garcia PAC. Contact my campaign manager Susie Titchen at email@example.com to RSVP.
The event is on Saturday, November 16th, 2013, 3:00 PM, at the Ye Olde Art Shoppe in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.
We will be providing Hors d'oeuvre, entertainment by Mark Baratta, and a speech by Mark Garcia.
Come and help send "The Electable Candidate" to Salem.
Mark Conrad Baratta is our Events Director - Friday, October 4, 2013
I would like to announce the next member of our campaign staff. Mark Conrad Baratta is our Events Director and will be assisting the campaign with organizing appearances, fundraisers, candidate debates, and such.
I've know Mark for several years now and he's the hardest working entertainer that I've ever met. I don't know anyone in the county who puts in more time entertaining at community events than him. Much, if not most of it is volunteered.
Our first campaign strategy session is right around the corner, and a fundraising event will be held shortly after that. Details to follow.
Campaign Director Announcement - Thursday, October 3, 2013
I would like to welcome Susie Ball Titchen onboard as my Campaign Director. Besides going to school together at South Umpqua, Suzie has deep roots here in the area. Her grandmother Bonnie owns the Ye Olde Art Shoppe here in Myrtle Creek. Susie is a regional sale director for a major building supplier and I'm really thankful that she has brought her organizational, marketing, and sales experience onboard to support my campaign for State Representative.
I'll have more volunteer staff members to announce tomorrow. Please take a look at my web site and consider making volunteering or making a cash donation. Thank you.
Interview by Kyle Bailey from KQEN News - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Kyle Bailey interviewed me this morning and in case you missed it you can listen to the recording at Morning Conversation 9/26
Running For State Representative House District #2 Announcement! - Sunday, September 15, 2013
Om Monday, the 9th of September, I officially announced that I am running for State Representative House District #2.
On September 11th I attended a meeting in Salem hosted by the Oregon Republican House Caucus, and I would like to thank them for the invitation. It was very helpful to put faces to all of the names that I've come to know over the years working in the Republican Party. The Representatives were very gracious hosts, and many of the attendees provided invaluable tips and insights. Thank You.
I am looking forward to serving as your State Representative for House District #2. In case you didn't know, the district runs along both sides of I5 from Roseburg to the outskirts of Grants Pass. It's a large district but I will be visiting every neighborhood in it. Here is a link which shows an interactive map of the district: House District #2 Map.