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City of Fort BraggCandidate for City Council

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Mary Rose Kaczorowski

841 votes (12.95%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Creative & sustainable solutions to achieve affordable housing and end homelessness
  • Identify the city’s best economic growth options, moving forward embracing technological innovation with input from younger and local entrepreneurs.
  • Making sure that development is in alignment with community needs & values



Pacific School of Religion- Graduate Theological Union Graduate Studies, Berkeley California Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), intro to theology; general ethics; religion,science & ecology;Christian -Judeo Ethics, Buddhist Ethics, Intro to Islam, (2013)
Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Mills College, Oakland CA MBA Studies, public sector economics, financial accounting; ethics,leadership,& entrepreneurship; management of information systems (2010)
Continuing & International Education, California State University-East Bay, Hayward CA Non-Profit Management (certificate), non-profit organizations law; program development & evaluation; board development/ planning;.financial management; (2007)
Mills College, Oakland CA Public Policy ( B.A.), philosophy of law, administrative behavior, economics, compartive politics, race gender & the environment, (2004)
College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg CA Humanities (A.A.), intro to environmental science, intro to plant science, marine mammals of the North Coast; natural history; arts (2001)

Community Activities

Classroom Education Team Member: Ecology & Watersheds, Nutrition & Organi, AmeriCorps National Service – East Bay Conservation Corps, Oakland CA (2001–2002)


Candidate Statement    (On Fort Bragg City Website)         


I graduated from College of the Redwoods and hold degrees from Mills College, Oakland CA (B.A. Public Policy); Pacific School of Religion (Masters: Theological Studies) Berkeley CA; California State University (Certificate: Non-Profit Management). I studied at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute and Rutgers University. I was invited to attend the 2011 Academy for International Conflict Management & Peacebuilding - George Mason University, Institute for Defense Analysis, Department of Defense, U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C.'s Strategic Economic Needs/ Security Exercise. I returned to Ft. Bragg several years ago to apply my experience and give back to the community.        

I worked for the Ft. Bragg Main Street Program (1990's). I served on the Mendocino County Living Communities Executive Committee to help the community prepare for County General Plan updates. I worked at U.C. Berkeley as a Senior Survey Worker. I served on the AmeriCorps- Corporation for National Service Health/Garden Team (classroom instruction on ecology, gardens, nutrition for bi-lingual students in East Oakland CA (planted gardens & trees in school yards). I was employed as staff reporter for Digital First Media (Mendocino Beacon/F.B. Advocate News). I have volunteered for many local non-profits. 

My experience is reflected in my participation as a credentialed Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) representative: U.N. Commission on the Status of Women  -current; U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development 1997-2011; U.N. Commission on Human Settlements 1996-1999.  As a graduate student I had a  grant supported position at CARD-Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, Oakland CA .I represented CARD at regional stakeholder planning meetings for (after the Chevron Fire)  the 2012 Richmond Preparedness Expo in partnership with Chevron, 2-1-1 Contra Costa County & emergency responders.

I know what it is like to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.  My father was given asylum here in the U.S. I lived the experience as a daughter of a refugee. I know the valuable sacrifice veterans make. My 4 uncles fought in WWII. 

I will work to find opportunities that spurs investment in housing and that that creates sustainable jobs/worker training. Youth and seniors have many needs that have to be addressed.  I will outreach to artists and business owners. Their voices need to heard. I will work to make sure the Mill Site ponds are cleaned up. We all need to work together. All solutions must be considered for the common good.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Coast Democratic Club -Representing Democrats on the North Coast of Mendocino County CA

Organizations (1)

  • Mendocino Women's Political Coaltion -MWPC, Mendocino County CA

Individuals (1)

  • Endorsed by Gayle McLaughlin former Two-Term Mayor, City of Richmond CA as a clean money corporate free candidate!

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


Citizen participation and discussing solutions based on facts and data and not mired in blame and rhetoric is so important to the ongoing process of determining policies for a community’s common good and shaping its future.  The ability to bring together a diverse and larger set of constructive solutions always produces better options than considering one viewpoint.  We need to set the stage in every community where we can explore ideas together without "bullying".  Government needs to be accountable to the community and both the community and government must support civil and respectful discourse.

A living wage, adequate housing, health care and a basic education, are the core of any community’s economic wellbeing.  We are witnessing political and economic forces and private-property rights being championed over community needs and long-term interests. We need to find the middle ground and reconcile conflicting public and private interests.   If not, then everyone loses and distrust and resentment reigns.

We are witnessing groundbreaking technological innovations that are affecting all areas of our lives. Our resilience will be based on how willing we are to grasp the profound changes that are happening around us and how we will adapt.

The question I hope we all will ask of ourselves is how do we make this shift, how do we work together and build the infrastructure  and  collaborate on that  which will provide for our community’s wellbeing and that will carry us into the future.

Economic and individual freedom is not ultimately about generating financial wealth for the sake of creating more and more wealth. A robust economy can bring opportunity to all. We have a chance to do it right.

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