About Mark Marcoplos
I am running for re-election to the “at-large” seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners in the March 3 Democratic primary, which means that all Democratic and unaffiliated voters in the County will be able to vote for me.
I came to Orange County in 1971 to attend UNC. My decades of experience with local and regional issues, my activism on behalf of county communities, running a small business and raising a family here, and my service on key county boards, non-profit boards, and OWASA had uniquely prepared me to be an effective “at-large” representative. I hit my stride after about a year on the Board and have found myself playing key roles on a wide range of issues.
In the coming years, I will continue to lead on climate change mitigation and adaptation as the Chair of the Orange County Climate Council which I was instrumental in forming. I am a Co-Chair of the newly formed Transit Planning Committee which is tasked with creating a new County and regional transportation plan. We are in an affordable housing crisis and I am committed to working toward our historic opportunity to have the greatest, most cost-effective impact by utilizing the government-owned Greene Tract. As Chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Group, I will be very involved in crafting a new solid waste plan and I will be advocating for having our own transfer station in the county to end the expensive and polluting trips to out-of-county facilities.
Our power to put our values into practice as we design the future of Orange County begins with the realization that the large majority of Orange County residents share common values -- educational excellence, environmental preservation, inclusiveness, clean economic development that pays a living wage, providing affordable housing, helping the vulnerable among us, serving senior citizens, providing reliable public safety services, and more. While each of these can be enhanced with more financial support and we have finite monetary resources, it is the potential strength of our commitment to work together democratically and the strength that comes from our majority that has me convinced that we can make great strides toward meeting our challenges - if we resist the divisiveness that seems to have permeated all levels of society. In this era of climate change, reckoning with our racist history, mean-spirited funding cuts from the state and federal governments, and a media void unprecedented in our lifetimes, we have to step up stronger than ever.
I have been working on these issues for decades and serving as your Commissioner has allowed me to take the work to a different level. I will continue to do everything I can to support and expand upon all the great work that is being done in Orange County.
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