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Letter to the Editor: Supports Mark Kujala for county commissioner

By Debbie Morrow, chair, Warrenton-Hammond School Board, Thursday, May 10, 2018

It is an honor to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of Mark Kujala as he runs for the District 1 position for the Board of County Commissioners.

Mark was born and raised in Clatsop County. He knows the issues and challenges of living in a rural community, not only as a resident but as an elected official responsible for the livelihood of that community.

Mark served on the Warrenton City Council from 2005 to 2017. He served as Warrenton’s mayor in 2011 and from 2013-17. Mark is very experienced in board governance and, just as importantly, board decorum.

Mark is very active in his profession and community. He owns Skipanon Brand Seafoods and is membership director of the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. He proudly serves on many committees, including the Warrenton-Hammond School District’s Long-Range Facilities Task Force Committee, where I have had the pleasure of serving with him.

Mark currently serves on the Oregon Community Foundation’s NC Leadership Council and is a board member of Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR).

Mark’s vast experience makes him an ideal county commissioner. His understanding of city, county and state government will be an immediate benefit. He has an excellent reputation, the highest ethical standards and is truly looked up to and respected by all those who know him.

Mark has an in-depth knowledge of many key priority issues facing Clatsop County -- from public safety to housing to conservation to infrastructure.

He also is very respectful. He listens and remains completely neutral and fair and believes that local voice is critical to local issues and solutions. Mark is a consensus-builder. He works toward solutions while respecting diverse opinions. He is a meticulous lifelong learner and his knowledge and love of Clatsop County is above reproach.

Most importantly, Mark and his wife are the proud parents of a beautiful little girl. He is invested in his daughter’s life and activities. He participates in community events that promote early childhood development and wellness.

I believe Mark Kujala would be an excellent county commissioner!

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