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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of LomitaCandidate for City Council

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Mark Waronek

Lomita Councilmember/Businessman
3,543 votes (28.23%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • MAINTAIN OUR PUBLIC SAFTY
  • CONTINUE PAVING OUR STREETS
  • CARRY ON ECONOMIC GROWTH IN OUR DOWNTOWN AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Experience

Experience

Profession:Councilmember/Businessman
Counsultant, Ek, Sunkin & Bai (2010–current)
Councilman/Mayor, City of Lomita — Elected position (2003–current)

Education

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Bachelor of Arts, Communications (Communications Studies) (1995)

Community Activities

Cal-Nev-Ha District Trustee, Kiwanis (2017–current)
President, Board of Governors, El Camino College Foundation (2017–current)
Boardmember, Salvation Army - Torrance/South Bay (2015–current)
Secretary/Treasurer, California Contract Cities Association (2014–current)

Biography

Mark A. Waronek has over 24 years of experience in government and community relations, and public affairs.  Mark previously worked for Los Angles County Supervisor Janice Hahn as her South Bay Senior Deputy.  Mark currently is a Councilmember in the City of Lomita – he served as Mayor in 2016-2017.  He also served on the council from 2003-2007, and as Mayor from 2006-07.  He is involved in many organizations and associations in the South Bay and the Los Angeles County region.  He is currently is the Secretary/Treasurer for the California Contract Cities Association and was a board member on the League of California Cities Transportation Policy Committee and many other regional organizations/ associations.  Previously, he worked for Ek & Ek – public affairs company out of the San Pedro office for seven years – 2010 – 2016.  He was the Principal and Owner of Waronek & Associates, a consulting firm he started in April 2005, after several years as an associate and project manager for three top advocacy and public affairs consulting firms in Los Angeles.

 

He was the Director of Government and Public Affairs for Olivito and Associates as a representative for two associations: the California Contract Cities Association and the Western Carwash Association.  He also was the Director of Government Affairs for Svorinich & Associates, Inc. and interfaced directly with the Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles Unified School District and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).  Mark has fostered relationships with most of the 88 cities within Los Angeles County.

 

Prior to rejoining forces with former Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr., Mark was employed by Joe Cerrell, Chairman of Cerrell Associates.  While at Cerrell Associates, his focus was on resolving client issues and numerous public relations projects within the greater Los Angeles region.  Previous to Cerrell Associates, Mark was a key figure within the Afriat Consulting Group for three years.  He managed several initiatives and issues including advocacy/lobbying, public affairs, political campaigns and communications, fundraising, and special events.    

 

As a public servant, he served the City of Los Angeles and specifically the five diverse (Harbor City/Harbor Gateway, San Pedro, and Wilmington) communities of the 15th Council District as Economic Development Deputy to Councilman Rudy Svorinich, Jr. 

Mark Waronek graduated with a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University and currently resides in the city of Lomita, with his wife, Kristine (married 23+ years), and two children, Madeline, 20 years and Marky, 16 years old.  He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling with family and friends.  He coaches his kid’s athletic teams.  He also has a taste for wines and on is spare time he is the public address announcer for football and basketball games at his high school alma mater, Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. 

 

Other Affiliations are as followed:

 

          Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District, Region 8 Trustee

          Secretary/Treasurer and Executive Boardmember – California Contract Cities Association

          Board President, El Camino College Foundation

          Board of Governors, South Coast Botanic Gardens

          Community Advisory Boardmember, Pediatric Therapy Network

          Boardmember, Contract Cities Liability Trust Fund Oversight Committee and Claims Board

          Executive Boardmember, California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

          Board President, Community’s Child Homeless Shelter for Women – South Bay

    10 years

          Boardmember, Salvation Army of Torrance

          Boardmember, Lomita-Harbor City Kiwanis Club

          Boardmember, Switzer Learning Center

          City of Lomita Representative, California Contract Cities Association and CA JPIA

          Past Lieutenant Governor, Kiwanis International Division 19

            1 year

          Past Chairman and Boardmember, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

            8 years

          Past President/Member, Lomita-Harbor City Kiwanis Club

    11 years

          Past Member, Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee

          Boardmember, Los Angeles Harbor College Foundation

              4 years

          Past Boardmember, St. Margaret Mary Parent – Teacher Council (PTC)

    4 years

          Past Member of Board of Governors, Torrance Chamber of Commerce

    7 years

          Past President/Boardmember, LA Gateway Chamber (Harbor City/Harbor Gateway) Chamber of Commerce Past Chair, Governmental Affairs Committee (Honorary Lifetime Boardmember)

    20 years

          Past Boardmember, Lomita Little League

    6 years

          Past Manager/Coach, Lomita Little League

            6 years

          Member – First Degree, Knights of Columbus – St. Margaret Mary Church

    6 years

          Past President and Boardmember, Boys and Girls Clubs of the South Bay

    18 years

          Chair, NFL-YET Center Los Angeles

    12 years

          Past Boardmember, Boys and Girls Clubs of America California State Alliance

    6 years

          Past Chairman/Executive Boardmember, South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce

       20 years

          Past Advisory Boardmember, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the South Bay

3 years

          Past Boardmember, Gang Alternatives Program (GAP)

       5 years

          Past President, Boardmember, Holy Name Society - St. Margaret Mary Church

17 years

          Chair, 75th Anniversary Gala 2012 - St. Margaret Mary Church

1 year

          Boardmember, St. Margaret Mary School Council

5 years

          Chair, Annual Gala, St. Margaret Mary School Council

       13 years

          PA Announcer for Football and Basketball games, Bishop Montgomery High School

29 years

          Past Boardmember, Manny Mota Foundation

          Past Boardmember, Port of Los Angeles Community Advisory Committee

          Past Boardmember, Bishop Montgomery High School Development Council

          Chair, City of Lomita Centennial Committee (1907-2007)

          Past Boardmember, Lomita Chamber of Commerce

          Past Boardmember, Carson Lomita Torrance Workforce Investment Network

          Los Angeles County Alliance of Boys and Girls Club Steering Committee

          Past Member, Harbor UCLA Medical Center Working Group Alliance

          Past Member, Harbor Gateway Sunrise Rotary Club

 

* high-lighted denotes active  

 

AWARDS/ACCOLADES

 

          Leadership Torrance-South Bay Excellence Award 2018

          St. Margaret Mary School Hall of Fame 2017

          Community’s Child “Making a Difference” Award 2016

          Kiwanis International Foundation George F. Hixson Fellowship Award 2016

          Boys and Girls Clubs of the South Bay Board Member Service Award (15 years of Service) 2015

          Lomita-Harbor City Kiwanis – Kiwanian of the Year 2014-15

          South Bay Association of Chamber Commerce Shaun Lumachi Award 2014

          Kiwanis International Cal-Nev-Ha District Distinguished Service Award 2014

          Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District William A. Dunlap Fellowship Award 2013

          Torrance Chamber Achievement in Excellence Award 2013

          Torrance Chamber Chairman’s Award 2012

          Kiwanis International Cal-Nev-Ha District Distinguished Service Award 2011

          South Bay Association of Chamber Commerce John Parson’s Business Citizenship Award 2010

          California Chamber Small Business Advocate of the Year 2009

          Los Angeles Unified School District Hero in Education 2008 - Lomita

          Bishop Montgomery High School Hall of Fame – Class of 2006

          Torrance Chamber Most Outstanding Volunteer 2004

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Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mayor Mike Savidan, City of Lomita
  • Councilman Jim Gazeley, City of Lomita
  • Mayor Pro Tem Henry Sanchez, City of Lomita

Organizations (4)

  • Los Angeles County Business Federation - BizFed
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs - ALADS
  • Los Angeles County Firefighters, Local 1014
  • South Bay Association of Realtors

Elected Officials (7)

  • Councilman Barry Waite, City of Lomita, retired
  • Councilman Chuck Taylor, City of Lomita, retired
  • Mayor Susan Dever, City of Lomita, retired
  • Mayor Don Suminaga, City of Lomita, retired
  • Mayor Bob Steinbach, City of Lomita, retired
  • Mayor Hal Croyts, City of Lomita, retired
  • Mayor Chuck Belba, City of Lomita, retired

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I love what I do....serving the citizens of Lomita!  I have the opportunity to give back to the community I live and love!

 

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