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 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 voice in Olympia; a fighter for the little guy, the commoner, the dispossessed, while trying to bring a working-class ethos to the halls of the Capitol. Unlike his opponent, the incumbent Kristine Reeves, Mark gets no campaign cash from corporations or big shots.