Elected Experience: Mark is our current State Senator. He has been fighting on our behalf in Olympia since 2012. Mark was previously on the Issaquah City Council.
Other Professional Experience: Mark owns the Zeeks Pizza and Ben and Jerry's in Issaquah. As a small business owner Mark understands the importance of low taxes and smart regulations.
Education: A Bachelor’s in Finance, Indiana University, gave Mark the finance background to understand state budgets. His Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Washington taught Mark that great listeners make the best leaders.
Community Service: Rotary Club. Classroom volunteer in his four daughters’ schools. Former Issaquah Food Bank Board member.
Statement: Mark has the most independent voting record in the Senate. He isn't afraid to buck special interests or his own party to do what is right for our community. Mark is socially progressive and fiscally conservative. As a father of four daughters and the owner of Zeeks Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s Issaquah, Mark understands the state has two priorities; ensuring our children get the best education and keeping taxes low.
Issaquah’s Mayor Fred Butler says, “Mark's hard work and honesty enables him to work across the aisle to accomplish great things for our communities”.
Mark got funding to decrease traffic congestion, including a new interchange at Highway 18 in Snoqualmie and additional lanes on I-90 between Issaquah and Bellevue. Mark stopped a high-density development in Maple Valley, secured land for a new Tahoma High school, and championed the renovation of Lake Sammamish State Park.
Mark opposed the legislative pay raise in 2015, so he donates his entire raise each year to the local food bank. Mark is endorsed by the School Board Presidents of Issaquah and Snoqualmie, Mayors of Issaquah, Snoqualmie and Carnation, and the League of Education Voters. Please vote to “Bring back the Mullet”!