Mark Kujala and Mark Baldwin vie┬áto be Warrenton’s first elected mayor

October 24, 2014 edition

MARK KUJALA

Occupation: Owner, Skipanon Brand Seafoods

Education: Bachelor of Science, Oregon State University; Warrenton High School Graduate

Number of years as a Warrenton resident: 44 years

Prior community and/or government service: Mayor, City of Warrenton, 2011, 2013, 2014; Vice-Chair, Warrenton City Commission 2006-2010, 2012; Warrenton City Commission 2005-present; Warrenton Rotary Club President 2011-2012; Clatsop Community College Foundation Board 2010-2012; Liberty Theater Restoration Board 2008-2011; Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Board 2006-2009; Salmon For All Board 2003-2006; Clatsop Economic Development Resources Board 2011-2014

Why are you running for Mayor of Warrenton?

I am running for Mayor of Warrenton because this is a great town with a bright future. I was born and raised here, and I came back to be the second generation of our family business after graduating from college. It is where all of my immediate family chooses to live and where I want to stay.

During my time on the City Commission, I have taken an active role and I continue to learn about the city we live in and what it takes to make it work. Much of the planning and groundwork for the future has been done, and we have made significant investments in water and waste water systems during the last decade. As our urban renewal projects begin to take off, I am anxious to make the vision of our downtown and marina master plans become reality. Warrenton will be an even better place to live and work in the next four years. Warrenton will remain the hometown for business without sacrificing the character of what makes our town so special.

As Mayor, I have developed the skills to work with the public, staff, and Commission members to achieve goals, and it is something I truly enjoy. I am qualified and eager to lead Warrenton into the next four years of success.

MARK BALDWIN

Occupation: General Contractor, Oregon

Education: graduate of Warrenton High School Class of 1985

Prior community and/or government service: One term as Warrenton City Commissioner, 2010-2014; multiple years as a coach in the youth sports programs; volunteer work for Warrenton School District; lifetime member of the City of Warrenton

Why are you running for Mayor of Warrenton?

I feel that Warrenton needs a strong, determined, open-minded leader. Someone that will make a tough decision based on all of the facts presented at that time. Someone that will work outside of the box and come up with new solutions to age old problems. Someone that will lead by example and put the voters and taxpayers first. I feel that all department heads should reside within the City of Warrenton boundaries. I believe that I am the best candidate for this position!

Please read this week’s issue of The Columbia Press for the complete interviews by each candidate.

Please read this week’s issue of The Columbia Press for the full story.