Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis is seeking re-election.

“This is the job I love and the job I intend to keep, so long as the voters honor me by re-hiring me in May,” Marquis said.

First elected in 1994, Marquis continues to do hands-on work in court, participating in everything from daily arraignments to felony trials.

Marquis cited his successful conviction of Pacific Surimi, which led to returning more than half a million dollars to local fishermen, among his accomplishments as district attorney. The settlement included a charitable contribution of over $300,000, which Marquis donated to the Oregon Community Fund to create the Clatsop County Endowment, with grants available to any nonprofit in Clatsop County.

Marquis is Oregon’s representative to the National District Attorneys Association. His work with the association, he said, has helped secure free, continuing education for more than 700 Oregon prosecutors at the association’s National Advocacy Training Center.

Marquis also has served four years on the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and has remained active in animal law with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society of the United States.

Marquis worked with state Sen. Betsy Johnson on laws that protect victims and toughen up Oregon’s laws involving driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He also helped write the state’s first felony animal abuse law.

He assisted in founding the Lighthouse Center for Abused Children and is a two-time Paul Harris Fellow. He is a member of the Astoria Rotary Club, participates in the Astor Street Opry Company’s “Shanghaied in Astoria” and hosts a jazz program on Coast Community radio.

Marquis and his wife, Cindy Price, a writer, researcher and editor, live in Astoria.

To reduce the appearance of any political influence on the office of the district attorney, Marquis said he won’t ask for campaign contributions from Clatsop County residents. Retired Astoria bank manager Judy Hansen is serving as the Keep Josh Marquis Our District Attorney’s campaign committee treasurer.

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