Born in Michigan, named after the 2nd listed Gospel author, a Son of America, Mark's interest in politics began at an early age, as he sent a speech to the White House while in the 5th grade, and received plaudits from one of Lyndon Johnson's aides. Mark spent his formative years in the states of Michigan and Indiana, respectively. Mark served in the United States Marines from 1972 - 1974 (active duty), and rose to the rank of Corporal (E-4). As a former candidate for office, Mark won his first political victories in Alaska primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives (2000 & 2002), and has since gained wide political recognition in the Northwest, garnering over 150,000 unique votes over the years throughout the length and breadth of Washington and Alaska.
Mark's academic prowess includes a degree from a Minnesota college, numerous political articles as displayed on his various blogs, written poetry and plays, and a well-versed statesman who has visited the continents of Asia and Europe, including several countries, and the ancient cities of Athens and Rome.
Today, Mark wants to serve as your Director of Elections in King County; a director that realizes that the empowerment of your citizen vote is a primary mission, that checking machines constantly through hand counts is all-important, and that safeguards against hackers & invalid non-citizen voting is essential. Unlike some past directors, Mark won't be a puppet of partisan or all-but-partisan county executives.