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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Garden GroveCandidate for Council Member, Council District 4

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Mark Anthony Paredes

Healthcare Manager
2,283 votes (34.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety - Supporting programs that will help foster youth development and work to strengthen community partnership with public safety officers.
  • Job creation and responsible economic development - Ensuring we create jobs for our residents and local community.
  • Bringing community resources to help address our social service needs.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Healthcare Manager
Member - Citizen Advisory Committee, Orange County Transportation Authority — Appointed position (2017–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Garden Grove - Planning Commission — Appointed position (2015–2017)

Education

University of California Los Angeles Masters in Public Policy, Public Policy (2002)
University of California Irvine Bachelors of Arts, Political Science and Social Science (1999)

Community Activities

Associate Member of the Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove (2016–current)
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Heritage Museum of Orange County (2017–current)

Biography

Candidate Statement

Throughout my career, I have dedicated myself to serving and improving the community by building relationships between businesses, social services, school districts, and our elected officials to establish programs that bring many families access to healthcare. I learned to accept this social responsibility from my parents, mentors and community leaders. My family emigrated from the Philippines to California seeking to make a better life for their children and believed that education leads to success.

My commitment to serving our community led me to serve as a Planning Commissioner in our City of Garden Grove for two years. My focus, then and now, is to ensure responsible growth in the city.  Currently, I serve as an Associate Board Member for the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove, helping support youth programs in our city.  I am actively involved with the Orange County Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Board, where I help improve safety and access to public transportation to our residents. I have a strong interest in preserving our culture and history and serve on the Board of the Heritage Museum of Orange County.

I worked my way through UC Irvine to earn a degree in Political Science and Social Sciences. I was fortunate to receive a fellowship that helped me complete my Master’s Degree in Public Policy at UCLA.  At the University, I participated in programs that helped shape my continuing advocacy to help others in my community.

I started my career with a non-profit that ran youth programs in Los Angeles and connected families to social services.  I moved on to advocate for statewide healthcare access to children and families and the protection of community-based programs. I worked for a clinic in Garden Grove where I established school-based health centers.  At my current job, I build relationships with community organizations and partners that expand access to healthcare to more people.

As your next City Council Member of District 4, I will work tirelessly to bring needed resources to help all members in our community. I believe my proven ability to foster collaboration and my commitment to public service can bring positive change in our neighborhoods.  I understand that through building relationships and listening to the residents’ needs, we can come up with both innovative and practical solutions to our community’s increasingly complex problems.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (8)

  • Democratic Party of Orange County
  • Orange County Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 1100
  • United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 324
  • SEIU - United Service Workers West
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • AFSCME- United Domestic Workers
  • Sierra Club

Videos (1)

— October 23, 2018 Mark Anthony Paredes - Campaign Produced

As a teacher, a healthcare advocate and with over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit field, he has a unique perspective and commitment to helping serve the community. He started his professional career working with immigrant Cambodian youths in Los Angeles creating tutoring programs to address their unique needs to help them succeed and flourish in school. He helped create partnerships between schools and healthcare providers to establish school-based health centers in Orange County. As the former Program Manager for Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, he led the outreach team that served and screened over 30,000 children annually in the community. Currently he serves as an Healthcare Manager for Blue Shield of California advocating and serving the community building relationships with non-profits, school districts, small businesses and government agencies to advance healthcare access for all Californians.

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