Getting My Ducks in a Row - Sunday, October 4, 2015

These last few days have been a very traumatic time for our community. More so than I have experienced in my life. Below are some words which I have written regarding the tragedy which befell our community. My heart goes out to all of those who are in mourning.

While I had prior to this day made the decision to run again for office, I hadn’t decided on which position to run for. That decision is now made. I will be running for County Commissioner Position #3. For the past seven years of so I’ve been fighting to change the status quo in Douglas County. While I’ve had some success on the timber issue, and local issues effecting south county, I haven’t been able to convince enough of the body politic that we require a change in leaders, coupled with a change in direction on economic efforts. I am very saddened these days with my failure, and the consequential impact that has had on the people which I call family, friends, and neighbors.

Instead of giving up, which is really what I would like to do, I will redouble my efforts and throw what I have into turning the county’s prosperity around.

My prayers go out to each and every one of the fallen and their heartbroken families. Be comforted in the knowledge that we all grieve with you; we all share in your pain; we are all a part of your struggle to endure; we all turn to the Lord for answers; we all seek strength in Jesus’s teachings. We cannot bare your burden, though we all have a love in our hearts for you, that we may lighten it momentarily, if ever so inadequately. Know that you are surrounded by good people, who will remember and honor your loved ones always -forever and a day.

I know this in my heart because a few weeks ago I had an opportunity to leave Mercy for another job, but after some deep reflection I chose to stay because of the kind of people which I work with. The Doctors and the Nurses and the Staff, they help people live, and today I couldn't be more proud of them, and thankful that I can witness them in action every single day. Some of them perform miracles in the operating room, while others studiously tend to the life giving systems which make the miracles possible, but all of them are there because they care about you.

God Bless you.

Economic Development Strategic Plan - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This is an initial draft release of my Six Percent Or Bust Economic Development Strategic Plan For Douglas County. Here is an extract:

Download Six Percent Or Bust

This is a draft document which I have prepared which I hope will be used by the County Commissioners to form an official economic development strategic plan for Douglas County. I would like to invite you to read through it and send your feedback to me. Your comments and suggestions will be reviewed and attached to the final draft. I will incorporate those suggestions which I feel merits assimilation, but all comments and suggestions will be added at the end of the document.

No task currently before the people of Douglas County is greater than this task. For if we do not define what the future should hold for us, then we will continue floundering about, mired as we are in the bottom one third of counties across the nation in terms of standards of living.

Your participation is a matter of civic duty, and is essential to the success of this effort.

Thank You,
Mark Garcia

Press Release Candidacy Announcement - Monday, July 28, 2014


Press Release Candidacy Announcement

July 28th, 2014

I am announcing my candidacy for Douglas County Commissioner, position #3. This is the seat which has been vacated by Doug Robertson.

Two years ago I ran for the same seat, against Doug Robertson, but for different reasons than I am now. During the 2012 race my intention was primarily to use my candidacy as a bully pulpit to argue for public support for increased timber harvesting on O&C lands. That endeavor was hugely successful, and today, for the first time in over thirty years we have achieved broad support amongst the general public, the media, and our entire Oregon state and federal legislatures for just such an increase.

Today I am running for a different purpose, but for no less of an important reason; to be the county commissioner who restructures the county’s economic development programs. It is clear that over the last few years, efforts to realign the county’s economic development policies, have largely been unsuccessful.

The county still ranks poorly in just about every imaginable economic statistic which is measured. Further, the county lacks vision and leadership on this issue, which, if not addressed, means more years will be wasted, and more lives will be lost fumbling about without a clear strategy.

I have a vision of a more prosperous county, and a plan to get us there.

I envision a county with dozens of new industrial businesses, employing between fifty and five-hundred workers each, being established over the next five years. A county where the unemployment rate is brought below six percent –and remains below six percent. A county where the average life expectancy is above the national average.

I have a plan which calls for a restructuring of the Industrial Development Board, as well as The Partnership, and the creation of a team of recruiters whose job it will be to scour the nation for the best entrepreneurs who have already succeeded in making the leap from small business owners to medium sized family wage paying employers.

Prior initiatives have simply been off the mark. They have either targeted the wrong types and sizes of businesses, the wrong class of owners, or have simply been poorly executed, lacking the structure of the recruiting team that I am advocating we put into the field.

I know that this can be done, and I know that I’m the one to get it done, and I strongly believe that it will not get done otherwise.

You may contact me directly at (541) 375-0880, or by using one of the following methods:


Thank you,
Mark Garcia

News Review Guest column: Let’s help economy by recruiting successful entrepreneurs - Monday, July 28, 2014

Without dissent, the economy in Douglas County remains dire. Two facts are obvious to all: Douglas County is receiving fewer and fewer dollars each year to fund county services; and individual prosperity, on average, continues to diminish.

This is in contrast to what much of the state and much of the nation is experiencing. While Oregon and the U.S. continue to struggle economically, within Oregon, Douglas County ranks near the bottom in most economic indicators. In other words, Douglas County is an economically failed county, ranking in the hardest one-third of the U.S. to live. Read the rest of the guest column at the News Review.

Contact Me

Mark Garcia

(541) 375-0880

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1976
Myrtle Creek, OR 97457