Friday, January 31, 2014

Re-election campaign news release

Here's the news release submitted to papers around the county today. Look forward to your support!

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis has filed for re-election.

"This is the job I love and the job I intend to keep, so long as the voters honor me by re-hiring me in May," he said.

Marquis was first elected in 1994 and continues to do hands-on work in court, participating in everything from daily arraignments to felony trials.

"I enjoy being an administrator, but I don't want to forget what it's like to stand before a judge and jury."

Among his accomplishments as District Attorney, Marquis pointed to his successful conviction of Pacific Surimi, which led to returning more than half a million dollars to local fishermen. The settlement included charitable contribution of over $300,000 which Marquis donated to the Oregon Community Fund to create the Clatsop County Endowment, with grants available to any non-profit in Clatsop County.

In addition to his work as the county's top prosecutor, Marquis is completing 17 years as Oregon's representative to the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). His NDAA work has helped secure free, continuing education for more than 700 Oregon prosecutors at the NDAA's National Advocacy Training Center

Marquis has also served four years on the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and has remained active in animal law, with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society of the United States.

“I made a promise to the county administration and to the citizens when I started working with these organizations that I would not spend county funds on out-of-state travel. I’ve kept that promise and will continue to,” Marquis said.

Marquis has worked closely with Senator Betsy Johnson on laws that protect victims and toughen up the Oregon’s DUII laws. He also helped write the state’s first felony animal abuse law.

In community service, Marquis helped found the Lighthouse Center for Abused Children, and is a two-time Paul Harris Fellow and 20-year member of the Astoria Rotary Club. 

In summer theater, he plays the role of the Sheriff in the Astor Street Opry Company's "Shanghaied in Astoria." 

Marquis hosts “Evening Jazz” on Coast Community Radio (KMUN 91.9fm, KTCB 89.5fm) the first and third Mondays of each month, and is working on his 4-gallon pin as a regular donor to the American Red Cross blood drives.  

Marquis enjoys visiting high school and community college classes to talk about our justice system and the Constitution.

Marquis and his wife, Cindy Price, a writer, researcher and editor, live in central Astoria

“Cindy and I love what we affectionately call Clatsopia, perhaps especially the life and beauty of the Columbia. We’re committed to this magnificent place and to participating in protecting its beauty and the best parts of its history.”

Marquis said he won't be asking for campaign contributions from Clatsop County residents, to reduce the appearance of any political influence on the office of District Attorney.

Retired Astoria bank manager Judy Hansen is serving as the Keep Josh Marquis Our District Attorney's campaign committee treasurer.