Local businessman Mark Marcoplos announced Monday his intent to seek an at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners next year.
The filing period for the 2016 election opens at noon Dec. 1 and closes at noon Dec. 21. The primary for local, state and national offices will be held March 15; there are four seats available on the county board.
Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Bernadette Pelissier, who holds an at-large seat, has announced she will not seek re-election next year. Commissioners Mark Dorosin, Penny Rich and Renee Price have not announced their plans.
Marcoplos, a Democrat and the owner of a residential construction business, has served on a number of boards and commissions since moving to Orange County in 1971. He lives in the Bingham Township in southwestern Orange County.
He is currently a member of the Orange County Housing Authority and previously served as a member of the Economic Development Commission, Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors and the county Planning Board.
Marcoplos also has been a regular newspaper columnist, a youth athletics coach and active in social and environmental justice issues, from the yearslong fight against a landfill and an airport in rural Orange County to the just-launched Orange County Living Wage project.
Orange County is facing “unprecedented” challenges to its local control, public schools, environment and working people, Marcoplos said. His campaign also will focus on the county’s fiscal reponsibility, he said.
“It will take creative and pro-active leadership, informed by an understanding of local history, to ensure that we address these challenges while retaining the basic values that have always guided us – support for high-quality education, protection of the environment, sustainable economic development, and taking care of our neighbors who are in need,” Marcoplos said.