Who am I?
Mark was raised in La Puente, California by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet. With his brothers and sisters they lived through very trying times and in very humble circumstances. Mark made up his mind from an early age to rise above his background and make something of himself. Mark studied hard in school and in college, and with the love and support of his family, friends, and neighbors, they urged him to live up to his potential.
Motivated by memories of his own poverty ridden childhood and also his strong belief that helping minorities would be of morally and economic benefit to all Americans, Mark has vowed to improve the conditions of his community and for all Californians.
As a result, Mark has now been a teacher for over 10 years. He lives in Beaumont with his wife Olivia, an elementary school teacher, and their three beautiful daughters Isabella, Liliana, and the new addition to their family, Alexandria.
Earned two degrees from UC Santa Cruz in Political Science and Legal Studies
Attended Loyola Marymount in Los Angles where he studied Business and Law
Received his teaching credential from Cal Poly Pomona
Received his Masters in Education from Walden University
EXPERIENCE AND RECORD
His experience in the private sector, education, and as a School Board Trustee has brought him first hand knowledge about the troubles facing our businesses, schools, communities, and the real-world solutions to address them.
Served as a Superior Court Clerk for Los Angeles County
Worked as the Jr. Labor Relations Executive for Pennzoil-Quaker State
Currently Teaches History for Pomona Unified School District
Serves on the Board of Trustees for the Beaumont Unified School District
Championed for millions for school investment in 21st century learning as a School Board Member
Led efforts in protecting our schools from budget cuts, class size reductions, and the elimination of jobs
Advocated for the taxpayer by exercising fiscal responsibility as a School Board Member
Worked with small business owners and provided community safety awareness and opportunity
Why am I running?
I am Mark Orozco, as School Board Member in Beaumont, educator, and a small business owner; I know how it feels to live during these rough economic times. Today, in the 42nd Assembly District, we currently live in a community where there are income disparities, education disparities, and healthcare disparities, to me its where I made my home. That is why I am running for the California State Assembly, to bring more passion, principles, and purpose to Sacramento.
I'm running for the Assembly to bring our tax dollars back to our district for our schools, our businesses, our roads, and the needs of our communities. I'm running to make sure that California stops playing politics-as-usual with the budget, but finds real, practical and, common sense solutions now. I'm running to make sure that our representative reflects the real values of our district -- putting education first, revitalizing our economy, and renewing the California dream.
Accountability and fiscal responsibility are not just republican words and Im tired of hearing them used as excuses to shortchange our children, our hard working families, and broken promises to our seniors.
As School Board Member, I worked with our unions and community stakeholders during cuts to education and together we balanced our budget. As a community leader, I worked with our small businesses during our worst economic times. And as the capacity of an elected official, I kept my community aware on public safety issues, when there were cuts to school and community safety.
Our campaign is about making sure we can afford to invest in our most important priorities so that a child growing up in the Pass Area, Hemet, San Jacinto, Morongo Valley or in the Desert has the same opportunity I did to work hard, to play by the rules, and reach a little higher than the generation that came before.
In this campaign, I wont be the candidate to have the most connections in Sacramento, I wont be the candidate of the lobbyist, or for the insiders, I am not running to be there Legislature, I am running to be yours.
If elected, Mark Orozco strategy concerning job creation, and supporting locals business, is to I look into successful models and proven model such as targeted industry incentives; creating partnerships between colleges and industry to design apprenticeship programs; implementation of complimentary industries, and diversification programs; promoting investment of international and out-of-state companies; and implementing a short and long term business plan for the region.
On education, Orozco plans to use his experience as a School Board Member and a classroom teacher, to support the needs of students, teachers, and administrators. Based on the motto: Invest in what is most importantincrease per student funding at above the national average to improve Californias long-term economic viability and competitiveness in the 21st century, will be priority number one as a California Assemblymember.
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We are building and running a face-to-face outreach operations in neighborhoods and in high-traffic public venues to build support. We are building a face-to-face outreach operation out and getting seniors in high school and recently high school graduates to registar to vote, walk neighborhoods and make phone calls.