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Mark Newgent
Army Captain/Parent

My  background is 20 years US Army, Military Police, Captain, Commander, Anti-terrorism officer and security advisor for the pacific region. Most importantly I am a father of a child that attends Irvine schools!

Key Issues:

- School Safety and security
- Open and honest communication with the public
- School overcrowding
- Traffic safety-updating student drop off/pick up plans
- Fiscal management/resource acquisition
- Avoiding centralization of power-keep decision making local
- Recruiting and retaining quality teachers and staff
- Building positive relationships with the City of Irvine

The First time I deployed I was 21 years old, I threw a rifle over my shoulder and boarded a plane to go to combat in a place I never heard of for people I didn’t even know... Just imagine how I hard will work for my own children, my friends and my community.

I have served our country for the past 20 years; let me serve Irvine for the next 4.

Please vote for Mark Newgent for school board this November

Contact me direct: 949-529-0497/



Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:45 AM

Thanking Congressman Lou Correa for supporting our Soldiers

With congressman Lou Correa, thanking him for helping to fix the discharge of four Soldiers that were wrongfully discharged when I was their Commander.

After all these years my Soldiers will finally see justice!

-Mark Newgent
#usarmy #veteran #irvine #congress #justice #orangecounty#marknewgent

Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:25 PM

At the Irvine Veteran’s day ceremony

With the US Marine Color Guard

With Irvine Council Member Melissa Fox, Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner, Irvine City Council Member Christina Shea and our local Boy Scouts at Bill Barber Park.

-Mark Newgent

#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #veteransday #usarmy

Saturday, November 4, 2017 12:15 PM

Getting a tour today with my son's Cub Scout pack of a fire station from our local Fire Fighters.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #ocfa #fighterfighter #iusd

Friday, October 27, 2017 12:08 PM

OC Veterans Cemetery Dedicated at Irvine Strawberry Fields

Proud to support the new Veteran's Cemetery in Orange County. As a US Army Veteran I was honored to be selected to raise the US Flag at the dedication ceremony.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:16 PM

New Veterans Cemetery Land Transfer Approved

It passed 3-2; vote to authorize to transfer 125 acres to CalVet to create a new veteran's cemetery in Irvine. Wagner, Shea Fox for and Lalloway and Schott opposing.

Stay tuned for details on the ground breaking.

-Mark Newgent
#irvine #veterancemetery #orangecounty #veteran #cemetery

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 2:07 PM

Lunch with US Congressman Lou Correa talking about veterans issues.

Never before have I heard a congressman directly say that he will go with a veteran in person to the VA to help. Wow!!!

Congressman Lou Correa also promised to help me fix the discharges of four Soldiers that were wrongfully discharged under my Command. I am really looking forward to the day the injustice to my Soldiers will be fixed.


-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #orangecounty #irvine #iusd #usarmy #veteran#congress

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:37 PM

With State Assemblyman DR. Steven Choi to speak about hiring more veterans in our company.

Every time I get the chance to meet with our elected leaders I get a renewed faith and confidence in our government and am so proud of all that we have done as a country.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #veteran #hiring #stateassembly#stevenchoi

Monday, June 19, 2017 8:09 PM

With U.S. Congressman Lou Correa speaking about veterans issues.

I will be meeting several other local elected leaders in the near future to find out how we can get more veterans jobs in Orange County.

My company is hiring, please send resumes to

-Mark Newgent
#congress #winning #marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #veteran

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:13 PM

Irvine Veterans Cemetery-City Council Decision Debrief

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12:25 PM

Veterans’ cemetery will be near 5/405 interchange after Irvine votes to swap Great Park land for strawberry fields

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12:39 AM

Veterans Cemetery will be at the Strawberry Fields Location

The vote is in. Irvine City Council voted 3/2 to make the location of the new veterans cemetery at the "Strawberry Fields" location.

This is historic and I am honored to be a part of it. 

Now we need to start planning the groundbreaking ceremony

Monday, June 5, 2017 1:50 PM

Talking about the Veterans Cemetery with Farrah Kahn

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #farrahkahn #irvine #veterans #cemetery #iusd #memorial

Sunday, June 4, 2017 9:56 PM

At the proposed Strawberry Fields veterans cemetery with Gang Chen.

At the proposed "Strawberry Fields" veterans cemetery with Gang Chen.

Share video to get Gang Chen to sing. (Gary Chen)

-Mark Newgent

#marknewgent #gangchen #irvine #veterans #cemetery #iusd #memorial

Sunday, June 4, 2017 2:36 PM

Tour of the Veteran's Cemetery Proposed site at the Strawberry Fields


Tuesday, May 30, 2017 7:29 PM

Irvine Veteran's Cemetery Location

I have been asked many times about my position on the proposed veterans cemetery locations...

I have done my due diligence and research. I stand with my fellow veterans and fully endorse the site at the Strawberry Fields.

Please stand with me and contact Irvine City Council and tell them you support the veterans cemetery at Strawberry Fields location.

In addition to emailing the city council feel free to comment, three of the City Council Members are tagged in this post.

Irvine City Council contact:

Mayor Don Wagner:

Council Member Lynn Schott:

Council Member Melissa Fox:

Council Member Jeff Lalloway:

Council Member Christina Shea:

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #veterans #cemetery #orangecounty #veteranscemetery #usarmy #usmilitary #california #iusd

Monday, May 29, 2017 6:59 PM

Irvine Memorial Day ceremony.

Always remember our fallen.

-Mark Newgent

#irvine #veterans #marknewgent #iusd #memorial #memorialday#orangecounty

With our guest speaker Marine Battalion Commander LTC Eldridge.With Mayor Don Wagner and Tanya.With Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox.RIP SSG Matthew Thompson

Sunday, May 28, 2017 6:49 PM

Northwood Memorial Ceremony

Never forgotten SFC Callahan and PFC Mason. Two names I was able to find easily of two soldiers I served with who died too young. I wish I had more time at the Memorial to research more friends that were lost.

Looking back at my life the past 20 years in the US Army seems surreal. It was good to see how much this memorial helps the community as well as myself. There wasn't a dry eye in the audience even my teenage daughter was moved. She hugged me and told me she was so happy am I alive when she learned about the many sacrifices our US Military and their families.

I hope the Irvine City Council can hurry up and get the veterans cemetery approved and start building it. Whatever site is chosen, please just get it done.

If you are a veteran or support the veterans and would like to help, contact me for more information.

-Mark Newgent
#usarmy #marknewgent #captain #memorialday #irvine #orangecounty

Friday, May 26, 2017 8:52 PM

IUSD Parents Speak Against Non-Age Appropriate Sex Education designed by Planned Parenthood.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:08 PM

Congratulations to Assemblyman Steven Choi on the opening of your new District Office in the City of Irvine.

#AD68 #marknewgent #irvine #iusd #orangecounty #openhouse#stateassembly #california

Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:28 PM

Assemblyman Steven Choi

Meeting Assemblyman Steven Choi today at the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival.


-Mark Newgent
#irvine #iusd #marknewgent #stateassembly #cityhall #koreanfestival#korea

Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:32 AM

Cub Scout Tour of City Council Chamber with Council Member Melissa Fox

Sunday, April 30, 2017 6:05 PM

With fellow PTA parent and LAUSD advocate Marian Thomas.

Marian is a very brave and strong person who is not afraid to stand up for what is right. Just after she spoke at the advocate workshop I had to meet her and take a photo. I am so glad I had the chance connect with her.

I asked her if she would be willing to go on facebook live and talk about LAUSD. She was excited about it, hopefully we can make the live interview happen.


-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgent #election #winning #irvine #pta #ptsa #convention#california #sanjose #fourthdistrict #4thdistrict #lausd

Sunday, April 30, 2017 6:02 PM

4th District (OC) PTA with speaker Justin Wolfe at the 118th Annual California State Convention.


-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgent #election #winning #irvine#pta #ptsa #convention #california #sanjose #fourthdistrict #4thdistrict

Friday, April 28, 2017 4:00 PM

With fellow PTA fathers at the California State PTA convention

With fellow PTA fathers at the California State PTA convention

-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgen #election #winning #irvine #pta #ptsa #convention #california #sanjose #fourthdistrict #4thdistrict

Friday, April 28, 2017 11:32 AM

118th California PTA Convention General Meeting

118th California PTA Convention General Meeting


-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgent #election #winning #irvine #pta #ptsa#convention #california #sanjose #fourthdistrict #4thdistrict

Friday, April 28, 2017 11:20 AM

118th California PTA Convention General Meeting Video

118th California PTA Convention kick off (click for video)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:49 PM

Election Update

I have been elected to V. President of JTMS PTSA today. 

One election down and ___ to go.

This weekend we are going to the California State PTA convention please follow to see updates and live streams of the events. 

-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgent #election #winning #irvine #pta #ptsa #convention #california #sanjose

Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:55 PM

Veterans Business Networking Dinner

At the Veterans Business Network dinner with Senator Josh Newman along with motivational speaker and Special Forces Soldier Larry Broughton.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #veteran #usarmy #vbn #neworking #business #usmilitary #veteranbusiness

Monday, April 10, 2017 11:46 AM

BREAKING NEWS: [UPDATES] Shooting Reported At Elementary School San Bernardino – Multiple Victims Reported

Another bad day... shooting at San Bernardino Elementary School...

Please stay vigilant and watch out for your kids.

This is just the initial report, more to follow.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #safety #irvine #iusd

Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:34 PM

Spring Break

Hi friends and family

I haven't posted many live videos recently because I have been planning a special educational trip and family reunion for my kids during spring break.

Please join us via Facebook for a trip full of adventure and intrigue as we explore the country of Thailand.

We will take you along to taste Thai cuisine on the streets of Bangkok, shop at local markets, ride elephants, explore the jungle of Thailand and lounge on pristine beaches. Please tune in starting 27 March 2017.

Facebook link

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #iusd #education #orangecounty #thailand #realestate #vacation #school #family #reunion #goodtimes


Monday, March 20, 2017 2:55 PM

Irvine Co. proposes 1,960 apartments along Sand Canyon Avenue in Irvine

A friend texted me this morning letting me know I made the paper again.

A win for democracy when citizens have their voice heard!

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent irvine #orangecounty #iusd #school #overcroding #politics #school #realestate

Monday, March 20, 2017 2:43 PM

Speaking at Irvine City Council, Proposed Rental Project

Just now speaking at Irvine City Council about the proposed 1,9600 unit rental project proposed by The Irvine Company.
My son is going on his THIRD year in a row on a waiting list to go to Woodbury Elementary which is right next to our home. Maybe we should wait until we have built enough schools before we build more apartments?

What do you guys think? Should we build 1,960 more apartments?

The City Council will be voting to move the project forward shortly. Whatever happens please support our City Council they are doing the best they can and really trying hard to do what is best for Irvine.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #iusd #school #overcrowding #politics



Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:08 PM

5th Marines Vietnam Memorial

Thank you Irvine City Council for voting unanimously in favor of donating to the 5th Marines Vietnam Memorial!

It was an honor to speak to my elected leaders on this action.
It is always awesome to see our local government working for

what US Service Members fought and died for. Thank you!

-Mark Newgent

#marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #iusd #school #overcrowding #politics #veteran #usarmy #marines #vietnam #war

Friday, December 9, 2016 8:35 PM

San Bernadino one year ago, 9 December 2015

I took these photos exactly one year ago at the site of the San Benardino shooting memorial. At the time, I felt it was too sensitive to post on social media.

Coincidently on the day of the shooting I was nearby, advising clients regarding church security that was getting harassment and threats.

Less than two weeks before that incident, I was publicly briefing the Irvine School Board about school safety and trying to explain to the board that things were starting to get bad...

To my fellow Irvine residents, there is no magical gate separating Irvine from the rest of the world. We need to stay vigilant and not succumb to complacency. I know my friends and neighbors that live here take great pride in our city being so safe and free from violent crimes. I hope we can all work together to keep it that way.

I always said during my campaign, elected or not, I will still be here to advocate for those in need. That being said, even though I am getting back into my business of Real Estate, I am still here for you guys. 

I love all of you guys.

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #realestate #iusd#neverquit #winning #election #sanbernardino

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 6:13 PM

Pearl Harbor day 7 December 1941

Pearl Harbor day 7 December 1941

This photo was taken a few years ago on the deck of the USS Missouri at Peal Harbor with myself and LTC Adonis Basto at his promotion ceremony that was held in private in the Captain's quarters. During this time in my Army career I had the great honor to be serving as the Aide-De-Camp to then Brigadier General Compton. The commanding General of the 9th MSC.

The USS Missouri is the ship that the Japanese surrendered on in 1945. The exact spot of the surrender is right behind the guns in the photo.

The war officially ended on the deck of the USS Missouri in 1945. It is now parked in Pearl Harbor next to the USS Arizona that was sunk by the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941 where the war began.

Interesting trivia fact: even though the Japanese had scheduled to come aboard to surrender formally, the US was still afraid of a surprise attack by the Japanese. The guns behind me in the photo were loaded and pointed at Tokyo along with other ships and 1,000 planes flying that were ready to attack. Thankfully the Japanese arrived as agreed, boarded the USS Missouri and formally surrendered.

I Personally have strong roots and family ties in Hawaii. 7 December is always a day that we observe and hold near and dear to our hearts.

-Mark Newgent
#RealEstate #MarkNewgent #Irvine #OrangeCounty #California #Vote4Mark #NeverQuit #IUSD
#pearlharbor #ww2 #military #neverforget

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:52 PM

Post Election Update

Now that the election is over it is time for me to get back to work.  I want to thank all of the volunteers and our donors who made the campaign possible.

Everyone should be proud of what we accomplished. We got nearly 24,000 votes (final count 25,124) and nearly won despite having limited resources and a very short period of time to campaign beating out two other well funded candidates.

The establishment bullies went low we went high. We ran a clean honest campaign that we can all be proud of. I am very proud of all that we have done and that we kept it all positive.  We did not stoop low to the negative, hateful rhetoric that plagues our city's politics.

I learned so much about the IUSD and Irvine, I hope I can use that knowledge to help all of you. In the future if you or your family need help in navigating IUSD or the City of Irvine I am hear to help.

Love all of you guys!

-Mark Newgent


Monday, November 7, 2016 10:40 AM

Gang Chen Singing on Facebook LIVE!

Thank you to candidates Gang Chen, Ian Daelucian, Katherine Daigle and Courtney Santos for coming on live to answer questions and to sing for the Irvine public.

If you would like to watch the videos go to:


- Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd #marknewgent

Saturday, November 5, 2016 9:29 AM

Live Interviews with Irvine Mayor/City Council Candidates

Live Interviews with Irvine Mayor/City Council Candidates

Thank you so much to Gang Chen, Courtney Santos, Matthew Ehorn, Ian Daelucian, Shiva Farivar, Anila Ali for going doing a live broadcast with me and opening up to the public.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 8:56 AM

With Beth Krom

Outside the holiday Fair Irvine City Council Member Beth Krom.

It was awesome when Beth Krom told me she watches my Facebook live videos :)

If you would like to watch my live interviews with Irvine Candidates go to:

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd #

Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:13 PM

At Lighthouse Escrow

At the monthly Lighthouse Escrow wine and cheese hosted by their CEO Jay Mills.

I love you guys!

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Monday, October 31, 2016 10:03 PM

8 November is the big day!

-8 November is the big day!

-Follow the arrows and vote for Mark Newgent "Army Captain/Parent"

I appreciate all of the support! I love all of you guys!

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Monday, October 31, 2016 12:10 AM

Photos From Supporters

Thank you Kate for sending these awesome photos. I appreciate the support!

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #Irvine #OrangeCounty #California #neverquit #IUSD

Sunday, October 30, 2016 11:08 AM

Funding, growth focus of Irvine Unified school board candidates forum

Education lies front and center for many who move to Irvine.
This carefully planned community has become and a magnet for aspirational young families from around the world and one of the state’s fastest growing suburbs, thanks to its top-rated public schools.

That’s why an election for a school district board – responsible for overseeing public schools – is such a big deal here. At a recent Irvine Unified School District board candidate forum at the district office, five of the six candidates on the November ballot shared their views with about 50 attendees, as well as a local TV audience and a reporter from a Chinese-language newspaper.
Although Irvine Unified is known as one of the highest performing school districts in Southern California, it’s not free of challenges.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:01 PM

Campaign Fundraiser

We had so many good photos from last night I made a collage for everyone to see them at once.

I was nervous how the event would turn out but it was great. The magician stole the show with making a signed $20 bill appear inside of an orange, everyone loved it.

The comedy magician's name is is name is Matt Price if you would like to book him for your event.

Thank you everyone for the support!

Special thanks to Jay Mills and Lighthouse Escrow that allowed us to hold this event at their office.

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Friday, October 21, 2016 8:09 PM

Irvine Candidate Meet/Greet and Fundraiser.

You are invited to the Lighthouse Escrow Sponsored- Irvine Candidate Meet/Greet and Fundraiser. Hosted by Mark Newgent.

Comedic entertainment will be provided by HOLLYWOOD COMEDIAN COOPER LEE!!!

All friends, candidates and their guests welcome to enjoy cheese, wine, light refreshments and positive connections with the community.

This is a local bi-partisan event. The only rule is no talking about the Federal Election. In fact if you mention ANY OF THE NATIONAL CANDIDATES, you'll have to put a dollar in the "swear jar" (money to go to charity).

This is a free event, donations accepted, please RSVP ASAP.

***Special thanks to Jay Mills and Lighthouse Escrow,, located at 2355 #130 Main St., Irvine, CA 92614***

Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:27 PM

With Irvine City Council Candidate Shiva Farivar.

Collaborating today with Irvine City Council Candidate Shiva Farivar.
It was great to

sit down with a fellow candidate and talk about solutions to real issues. We were going to do Facebook live but my son was sick today so our time was cut short. I will try to get Shiva some air time soon.

If any other candidates would like to meet for coffee and/or a Facebook live stream let me know.

Spoiler alert, I have been requested to interview a U. S. Congressional candidate. Will let you know the details once we lock it in.

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:38 AM

Pajama Day

Dropping my son off at school this morning for pajama day!

He is growing up so fast. Sometimes I want time to slow down. It seems like only yesterday when I held him for the first time at the hospital when he was born.

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd #pajamaday

Sunday, October 16, 2016 10:33 PM

This evening with Maz Jobrani.

This evening with Maz Jobrani. Maz is a stand up comedian and Actor.

I was thinking of leveraging nearby celebrities to come talk to our kids about bullying. Not a total solution but an idea for something to reduce the rates. Of course, we will need to consult some expert in this field before making any decisions.

What are your thoughts?

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #Irvine #OrangeCounty #California #neverquit #IUSD #mazjobrani

Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:37 AM

Chinese Cultural Center Irvine School Board Candidate forum.

Participating at the Chinese Cultural Center Irvine School Board Candidate forum.

This event was really interesting. It turned out to be speed forum. We only had two minutes to open and only 30 seconds to answer each question. The moderator would cut people off if they went a second over their time on their intro or while answering questions it was great!


#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd


#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:24 AM

Boy Scout Troop 602 pancake breakfast

At the Boy Scout Troop 602 pancake breakfast in Woodbridge.
Wish we could have stayed longer. I had a good discussion with concerned parents.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

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