From the 2014 Election Campaign:

August 5, 2014
For Immediate Release

Clark Announces SLO Council Candidacy

San Luis Obispo – Mike Clark, a retired Army Colonel with 29 years service, has announced his candidacy for the San Luis Obispo City Council. He submitted his nomination papers to the City Clerk, Anthony Mejia, and has received confirmation that he is a qualified candidate.

Born and raised in Oakland, Clark first came to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly as a Mechanical Engineering junior for the 1965-1966 academic year specifically to engage in the learn-by-doing, hands-on method of instruction. The day before he was scheduled to return for his senior year, he received a Draft notice, and his life changed significantly. Ultimately he found himself as a Second Lieutenant serving with Combat Engineers in Vietnam.

Twenty nine years later, Clark retired from active duty with the Army and the California Army National Guard. In his final assignment, he was stationed in Sacramento as the Director of Logistics for the California Army National Guard. Upon retirement, he returned to San Luis Obispo, the city he first saw as a college student and later visited many times for conferences and continuing professional training.

After retirement, Clark shifted his focus from national and state issues to those of a local nature. He served on the 1998-1999 County Grand Jury and was appointed Foreman for the 1999-2000 Grand Jury. Service on both Grand Juries gave him a better understanding of and appreciation for county and city government and led him to apply to be a Commissioner on the County’s Juvenile Justice Commission and Delinquency Prevention Commission. He is nearing the end of his third four-year term on the commissions. In the early 2000's he was selected to serve as a community volunteer member with the SLO Police Department’s Juvenile Diversion Program and continued to serve until the program was terminated because of budget cuts.

Over the years Clark also worked with several non-profits in San Luis Obispo. He was invited to join the board of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Memorial Scholarship Fund. The group raises money to award scholarships to deserving seniors graduating from San Luis Obispo’s three high schools – San Luis Obispo High School, Pacific Beach High School, and Mission College Preparatory. He has served as a Director for 12 years and as the Fund’s Treasurer for the past six years.

During this time, Clark has also been a member of Residents for Quality Neighborhoods – a citywide organization that seeks to preserve, protect and improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo’s many unique residential neighborhoods.

Three years ago, Clark joined the Advisory Board of the Bakari Mentoring Program at Cal Poly – a program that assists troubled youth learning to become mature adults with good futures.




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